Friday, February 8, 2008

Market Watch: The DSLR Stock Market Exchange

If you enjoyed our Market Watch post, you may also enjoy this one! This is the DSLR Stock Market Exchange :) Our senior market analyst, Abbi Josephine Kohn analyzes the market for us and issues her industrial strength ratings. (Note: all cameras listed are body only, unless otherwise noted). Check the bottom of this post for details on the ratings. Note: More DSLRs have been added to the ratings (D-Rebels, D40/D40x, Pentax K100D/Super, etc).

StockMarketsAvg PriceAnalyst Rating
Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D)Amazon, B&H Photo$400Strong Buy (if $100+ cheaper than the 400D/XTi), Buy (otherwise)
Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D)Amazon, B&H Photo$530Strong Buy
Canon Digital Rebel XSi (450D)Amazon, B&H Photo$800Wait for reviews (new sensor)
Canon 30DAmazon, B&H Photo$800Buy
Canon 40DAmazon, B&H Photo$1150Strong Buy
Canon 5DAmazon, B&H Photo$2100Short-term Buy (Hold for Photokina)
Canon 1D Mk IIIAmazon, B&H Photo$4100Avoid (until AF issues are really fixed)
Canon 1Ds Mk IIIAmazon, B&H Photo$8000Moderate Buy (if you can find it)
Nikon D40 w/18-55 DXAmazon, B&H Photo$500Buy (if no focus motor is ok)
Nikon D40xAmazon, B&H Photo$535Buy (if no focus motor is ok)
Nikon D60Amazon$630Wait for Reviews
Nikon D80Amazon, B&H Photo$790Strong Buy
Nikon D200Amazon, B&H Photo$1350Buy
Nikon D300Amazon, B&H Photo, OneCall$1780-Strong Buy (if price not an issue)
Nikon D3Amazon, B&H Photo$5000+Strong Buy (if price not an issue). Buy at $5500+. If you can find it
Fuji S5Amazon, B&H Photo$1400Strong Buy (if dynamic range is a must have), Moderate Buy (everybody else)
Leica M8Amazon, B&H Photo$5500Buy (for Leicaphiles), Neutral (everybody else)
Leica Digilux 3 w/18-50 f2.8-3.5Amazon, B&H Photo$2500Buy (for Leicaphiles), Avoid (everybody else)
Olympus E330Amazon, B&H Photo$300Buy at $300 (Neutral at $350, Avoid at $400+)
Olympus E410Amazon, B&H Photo$400Strong Buy
Olympus E510Amazon, B&H Photo$500Strong Buy
Olympus E3Amazon, B&H Photo$1700Strong Buy (if price not an issue)
Panasonic L1 w/18-50 f2.8-3.5Amazon$800Strong Buy (at $800 with the lens)
Panasonic L10 w/18-50 f3.8-5.6Amazon, B&H Photo$1135Buy
Sony A100Amazon, B&H Photo$600Buy
Sony A200 (w/18-70)Amazon, B&H Photo$700Avoid Moderate Buy
Sony A300 (w/18-70)Amazon, B&H Photo$800Buy
Sony A350Amazon, B&H Photo$800Wait for reviews (new sensor)
Sony A700Amazon, B&H Photo$1375Buy
Pentax K100DAmazon, B&H PhotovariesStrong Buy (if $100+ cheaper than K100D Super), Moderate buy (otherwise)
Pentax K100D SuperAmazon, B&H Photo$500Strong Buy
Pentax K200DAmazon, B&H Photo$710Strong Buy (pending reviews)
Pentax K10DAmazon, B&H Photo$650Strong Buy
Pentax K20DAmazon, B&H Photo$1300Wait for reviews (new sensor)
Samsung GX10 w/18-55Amazon, B&H Photo$680Strong Buy
Samsung GX20None yet$TBDWait for reviews (new sensor)
Sigma SD14Amazon, B&H PhotovariesBuy (at $700), Moderate Buy (under $1000), Neutral (over $1100)

Upgrades and Downgrades
2/29/08 After looking at the first reviews, the Sony A200 is upgraded from "Avoid" to "Moderate Buy". The close proximity of the A300 and the A100 are keeping its rating lower. Once the A100 disappears or if it creates price-separation from the A300, it will be upgraded to "Buy".

  • The ratings are only our opinion
  • "Short Term Buy" = Buy it if you need it or must have it right now, or within a couple of months.
  • In terms of rating strength, the strongest is "strong buy", then "buy", then "moderate buy", then "neutral", and then the dreaded "avoid".
  • Photokina takes place in late September 2008
  • For a long list of reviews, be sure to check our DSLR Review Matrix
  • More DSLRs will be added tomorrow (Canon D-Rebel XT, XTi, XSi, Nikon D40, D40X, Pentax K100D, K100D Super, Samsung GX20, Panasonic L10, Leica Digilux 3). Update: They have been added! If I forgot any recent and current DSLR, please let me know!


    Richard Alan Fox said...

    I think you flipped analyst rating for the 1D and the 1Ds

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Thanks for the quick catch! It looks like it was a victim of careless cut/paste! I fixed them up now (the table, not the AF issues) :)

    bpk said...

    well someone that gets the fuji right.

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Thanks :-) The S5 Pro has an advantage over the market in DR so that sets them up apart, especially when DR is a high priority, thus their rating.