Monday, February 4, 2008

Top selling digital cameras at OneCall (The Charts)

Our previous edition of The Charts had the debut of the B&H Photo best sellers in our Charts feature. We continue with the debut theme today by introducing the best sellers at Please keep in mind these are snapshots, and no long term conclusions should be drawn from just one instance. A number of factors can affect rankings, including price, availability, special offers, etc, etc, etc. The list only looks at fixed-lens digital cameras. Another edition for DSLRs and lenses coming later this month. Okay, enough talk, let's see some rankings!

The Top Selling Digital Cameras at
1.The Panasonic FZ18 offers a tempting combination of RAW, 18X super zoom lens, relatively compact size at the price of $330. The world of superzooms is getting more crowded, but Panasonic has not announced their 2008 superzooms yet.
2.Megapixels by the pound! The W200 was one of the first 12-megapixel 1/1.7" cameras using the new Sony sensor. We hope that the new W300 won't be jumping to 14mp or higher. If they do, they will make the W200 look "reasonable". But it seems that the marketing demand for double-digit megapixels may be served by the new 10mp 1/2.33" sensor. A number of companies seem to have jumped on that instead of the 1/1.7" sensors (Samsung NV-series, Casio EX- wide angle, etc). So this puts the W200 (and other similar cameras) in an interesting situation. Would you get 12mp 1/1.7" or 10mp 1/2.33"? We blog, you decide!
3.The Panasonic FX100, just like the Sony W200 mentioned above, offer an alternative to the smaller sensor convenient compacts. Slightly larger size for the larger sensor, but are the megapixels just too many for all sensors at 1/1.7" or below? The price has dropped to a place ($280) where some negatives can be "forgiven". We blog, you decide!
4.At $450, and with limited competition, the Canon G9 finds itself with limited competition in the RAWsumer segment. From below, there's the Panasonic LX2, and from above there is the Ricoh GX100 and the fixed lens models GRD I and II, and the re-born Sigma DP1. The LX2 goes for about $100 less, with a smaller zoom range, but other than that, the G9 has the price advantage over the rest of the field.
5.At $194, this camera is one of the best bang for the buck cameras at the $200 price point. With a 6X IS lens, PSAM, and a number of photographer-friendly features, this is a good camera for thrifty buyers, students, people interested in learning more about photography, and those worried about the R-word (recession) as it takes AA and SD/MMC, which are the most affordable battery and memory card options.
6.The silver Olympus Stylus 780 is one of the last non-SW Stylus models to feature weatherproofness. Olympus is removing that feature from the non-SW models from their new 2008 models. It has reached the "magic" $200 price point
7.Same as above, except this is the black version of the Stylus 780.
8.The price is not an issue for those who are purchasing the Leica D-Lux 3. This is a Leica edition of the Panasonic LX2, and it is an homage to the old school rangefinders, but done as a digital camera with a glued-in lens starting at 28mm. The Leica brand and red dot keep the price high, at $600 to be precise, almost twice as much as the Lumix equivalent. Who is this for? If you are asking this question, it's probably not for you :)
9.The third compact P&S camera to use a 12mp sensor in this top 10, the Stylus 1200 has the additional advantage of weatherproofness, but also the disadvantage of the xD memory card format, and the Olympus panorama gimmick. The price? Very competitive with the other two, infact, undercutting both, at $250.
10.You may think of Coldplay's song "Yellow" when you see this camera at first. The SW group of the Stylus line-up offers shockproofness and weatherproofness that is carried forward in 2008 and beyond, unlike the traditional shiny silver Stylus models. This is a 2008 model, which is why the price is higher, currently at $300. The only cameras that come close to the SW line-up are the W-series from Pentax, but we haven't had a new one this year. There's also the industrial strength cameras from Ricoh and Fuji, but those are not intended for the average consumer.

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