Canon manufactures two types of cameras, digital SLR (or DSLR) cameras, and compact digital cameras.
The current list of popular Canon DSLR cameras (also known as Canon EOS) include:
While the hot compact cameras (the Powershot / Elph / Ixus series) are:
The list always changes when newer cameras are introduced, so visit often for updates.
Lat updated: 27-November-2006
There are two places that I go to when wanting to determine what Canon cameras are currently hot in the digital camera market: DPReview.com and PBase.com.
At DPReview.com, a list of the 10 hottest cameras being clicked on at the site (click popularity indicates the level of curiosity for a particular camera model) is an approximation of the relative interest the buying public has with respect to a particular camera model. Another thing to note is that typically, only the newest range of cameras appear in this list.
As I write this, Canon currently occupies 9 out of the 10 spots (the only non-Canon occupying a place there is the Nikon D80):
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS (announced: Sep-2006, 7.1 Megapixels, 28-105mm zoom range — the 28mm is especially useful for wideangle shots, Image Stabilization — also known as Shake Reduction). I’ve just written up a summary comparing the SD800 IS with the Canon A710 IS.
- Canon EOS 400D (announced: Aug-2006, 10.1 MP Digital SLR camera, second smallest and lightest digital SLR body on the market next to the Nikon D40) — you might like to read through the Canon XTi / 400D Resource List for more information.
- Canon PowerShot G7 (announced: Sep-2006, advanced “prosumer” 10 MP compact digital camera, 35-200mm zoom range with Image Stabilization) — read more on how the G7 compares with the PowerShot A640)
- Canon PowerShot SD900 (announced: Sep-2006, 10 MP, titanium body, also known as Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti in Europe and IXY Digital 1000 in Asia, 37-111mm zoom range)
- Canon PowerShot SD600 (announced: Feb-2006, 6 MP, 35ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ105mm zoom range)
- Canon PowerShot S3 IS (announced: Feb-2006, 6 MP, 36-432mm zoom range with Image Stabilization)
- Canon PowerShot A710 IS (announced: Aug-2006, 7.1 MP, 35-210mm with Image Stabilization) — read more on the A71i0 IS vs SD800 IS, or the Canon A710 IS compared with Canon A640)
- Canon EOS 30D (announced: Feb-2006, successor to the EOS 20D, 8.2 MP) — head over to the Canon 30D Resource List for more information.
- Canon PowerShot A640 (announced: Aug-2006, 10 MP, 35-140mm zoom range)
The list at DPReview gets updated almost daily, and it’s not uncommon that a newly-announced digital camera shoots up to the Number 1 spot in a matter of days after its announcement. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that Canon always holds the dominant position in terms of volume of clicks.
Another site that serves as an approximate barometer of camera popularity is the “Hot Cameras” section of PBase.com — see it here. This too gets updated daily, however the statistics here show a different picture — Digital SLR cameras rule here, to put it mildly. These stats are very different to those at DPReview.com, instead of showing how many people are interested in a specific model, it displays the number of times photos taken with a particular digital camera have been viewed. The conclusion one can draw from this is the amount of use a particular camera model gets after purchase. Digital SLR cameras typically see extremely heavy use due to wedding and event photography by professionals and enthusiasts, who then post the pictures up at PBase for review by clients. These pictures, very often organized into albums for specific events or wedding shoots, also act as a showcase for their services.
The current Canon cameras which are popular at Pbase.com include:
- Canon EOS 5D
- Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
- Canon EOS 30D
- Canon PowerShot G7
- Canon PowerShot S3 IS
- Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II