The other day, we asked our readers to name their favorite digital cameras, past or present. The request garnered 701 comments, which is (by a multiple of about three) the most comments ever on a TOP post. Although I did grease the skids a time or two with reminders.
Of those, 650 comments, or 93%, were responsive.
Then I asked our friend Sarge, a reader from the Philippines who has a talent for tabulating data, to compile the results. (I'm paying him, as it was a lot of work. He's still done us a huge favor in doing this, though, so grateful thanks and props to Sarge.) He's working on several more interesting presentations of the data, including one that incorporates the film camera responses. Those we will present at a later date.
Where people named several cameras without indicating order of preference (many people did the latter), Sarge counted only the first one named.
Note that this was an informal, casual, friendly, non-rigorous—and non-binding!—poll. Fun anyway.
Here are the initial results, first the top 13 individual models mentioned by the most readers (note that the top 13 models only accounted for 223 mentions out of the total 650) and then overall by brand (note that "D3/" includes the D3, D3s, and D3X but that the different generations of Canon 5D and the Fuji X100 and X100s are separated).
TOP readers' all-time favorite digital cameras by model
Favorites by brand share
More data soon!
(Thanks to Sarge)
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Featured Comments from:
Jim: "Wow, I would think one would treat the Fuji X100 and X100s the same as the Nikon D3/3s/3xs. If you did that the Fujis would total 43% which is a wooki-wee bit more than the Nikon D700 now shown as the favorite model. Recount! There's chads in the pockets of his Nikon coat...wait is that a U.S. Olympic Scoring Committee Member on that coat?"
Mike replies: I hear you, but it's not a contest, it's just information. You can do with it what you will. If you prefer to lump the X100/s together, that's easy to do.
I do think the showing of the X100/s is remarkable given the great variety and competition in the marketplace.
Bron: "I'm devastated, lost, anguished, bereft; my camera isn't even a...a...a blip, oh.... Woe is me. Just more indisputable evidence that, gasp, I'm not really a photographer, woe!"
Mike replies: Nope, still just information...not a directive!
JohnMFlores: "It's confirmed—TOP readers live in an alternate universe!"
Mike replies: That might be just me.
David Dyer-Bennet: "Oh dear. I own both the first and second-ranking camera from this list. Am I becoming mainstream in my old age? Yaaarrrrghhhh!"
Mike replies: You're becoming mainstream—but only in an alternate universe.
Clayton: "This exercise will wind up costing me $1,300. It got me thinking about the wonderful lens of the Minolta 7Hi. Closest thing today is the Sony RX10. Of the old cameras mentioned in the comments to the original post, several were different versions of the Minolta bridge series using the same lens."