Top 10 most popular digital cameras of 2009 (in photos)
There were a ton of cameras available in 2009, but of course some were more popular than others with CNET's readers. See this slideshow for a breakdown of the top 10 most popular--and still available--cameras as well as three 2008 models that are gone but not forgotten.
10. Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
CNET rating: 7.2
The good: Compact body with wide-angle lens with 12x zoom; manual controls; very good photo and video quality for its class.
The bad: Mixed shooting performance; no optical zoom in Movie mode.
The bottom line:More than just a point-and-shoot pocket megazoom, the Canon SX200 IS improves upon its forerunner, but not by much.
Oh, how I miss the Canon SD880 IS. It was a great sub-$300 compact camera that is long gone, but so popular that people try to sell them at more than double the original price. All through the 2008 holiday gift-giving season, if anyone asked what the best point-and-shoot to buy was, it was the answer.
Both the gold and the silver versions were viewed so much on CNET that they each ranked in the top 10; the gold at No. 2 and the silver at 6.
A wide-angle 20x megazoom camera, the SX10 IS ranked as the fifth-most-popular camera viewed on CNET in 2009. It has since been replaced by the SX20 IS. The key differences are a bump in resolution from 10 megapixels to 12 and 720p HD-quality movie support as well as HDMI output for easy connection to an HDTV.
It might not have been much to look at, but the A590 IS had a lot of fans. It was the last A-series PowerShot to have both an optical viewfinder and manual controls in addition to running on AA-size batteries. Though released in 2008, the A590 ranked as the eighth-most-popular camera viewed in 2009.