Just recently I've been looking at the ever increasing number of interesting statistics coming out of 365 Project. Now it has grown greater than just myself, we have thousands of uploads every day and the information coming out is just incredible to look at.

In this post I have collected some basic usage data of the different cameras people are using on the site. I've listed the percentage of photos taken using each camera.

Top 10 DSLR Cameras

1) Canon Digital Rebel XSi / 450D 3.5%
2) Canon Digital Rebel XTi / 400D 2.5%
3) Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D 2%
4) Nikon D40 1.9%
5) Canon Rebel XS / 1000D 1.9%
6) Nikon D90 1.6%
7) Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D 1.5%
8) Nikon D60 1.3%
9) Nikon D5000 1.2%
10) Nikon D3000 1.2%

What does this tell us?

Well the biggest shock for me is the whitewash by Canon and Nikon, not a single Sony or Olympus on the list.

I found it interesting to see that there is actually a 50/50 split between Canon and Nikon here. Canon clearly hold a greater percentage overall, managing to capture all top 3 positions, but Nikon are still popular with the 365 community. Could this be because Canons are just that little bit cheaper?

I was also surprised at the lack of the higher range of Canons gear. The 40/50D and 5D/1D selection of cameras are completely absent from our lists, showing a clear trend towards the more hobby and beginner camera markets. Looking at the wider data these ranges are still popular, but a fair bit further down the list, the Canon 40D and 50D come in at 12th and 13th respectively, and the 5D lagging down in 18th place.

In a few weeks I will be taking a look at the Point and Shoot end of the market. So stick around to see if Nikon, or any of the other brands can gain any ground in that area of the market.

What are your thoughts on the above list of cameras? Do you own one of these, or looking to buy one?

posted June 21st, 2010
INTERESTING! My girlfriend has the Canon Digital Rebel T2i, I do believe. She absolutely loves it. I really would LOVE a DSLR camera, but it's a little expensive for me at the moment. So, until prices drop a bit, I'm just using my little Fujifilm POS. Ha ha. I keep checking ebay for a cheaper DSLR option, though. Sometime, the right camera just might come along!
posted June 21st, 2010
Go Canon!
I have a 400D - it's my first DSLR and I love it!
Interesting that the top 10 consists of only Canon & Nikon.
I have an Olympus P&S and if it wasn't for the fact it is waterproof I would have binned it already.
posted June 21st, 2010
Go nikon! :p

I have a D60 and D90.

I tend to find alot more people do go for the Canons but, I think it is not only a price difference, but that Canon seems to be everywhere, and advertise alot more than Nikon, at least in my town anyway :)
posted June 21st, 2010
I have a Canon 450D, but I rarely use it for this project. Glad Canon is on top!
posted June 21st, 2010
I am one of the 1.5% owning #7. :) I researched my purchase extensively and did find that Canon was cheaper than the equivalent Nikon model. And the 50D/5D are waaaaay out of my price range. Maybe when I'm rich and rolling in my millions... :D
posted June 21st, 2010
Yay Canon! I just recently bought the Canon 450D and love it so much. It's my new best friend.
posted June 21st, 2010
Go Canon!! In my opinion, Canons are more user friendly, come with really awesome software, and take excellent pictures.

From what I hear, Sony's are in the repair shop the most often out of any DSLR brand. I was told this by a repair shop person and my photography teacher.

I use my Canon Rebel XTi for most of my shots but I also carry with me at all times my Canon A530 P&S so some of my pictures have been taken with that.
posted June 21st, 2010
My husband and I went out and bought a Nikon D90 when we joined this project. We didn't even look at Canons because we already had Nikon lenses from older cameras. And why Nikon to begin with? The Nikon cameras will run on plain old AA batteries, which you can get almost anywhere on the planet.
posted June 21st, 2010
I'm happy that my D60 made the list.
posted June 21st, 2010
I use an Olympus Evolt-500...I like it, but obviously it did not make the cut : (
posted June 21st, 2010
Very interesting info!! I can't wait to see the results for the P&S cameras since thats what I have.
posted June 21st, 2010
I love my Nikon D90!
posted June 21st, 2010
I use the D5000, and it seems to do the job.
posted June 21st, 2010
YIPPEEEEE I am now part of the statistics :o)

I use a Nikon D3000 and I love it :o)

I have no clue on how to use it, apart from the AUTO setting, but hey...Maybe one day!
posted June 21st, 2010
I guess I am not surprised that Pentax products are not represented here in any numbers. The K-7 is my DSLR of choice because of photo quality and features. The top two selling cameras are not necessarily the best cameras. I will let my images speak for themselves! :)

I think the reason why Canon & Nikon have so many cameras sold is simply advertising. Every ad that I see whether it be on the tube or in print, is plastered with Canon & Nikon products. Sony & Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and other less advertised brands have to take a back seat in numbers sold. If these other companies were to match the big two in advertising and product placement, I think we would see a big change in how many people would own these products.

Cameras have come a long way in quality and features. Some of the best cameras are not advertised to any great degree except in photo magazines. Where Canon & Nikon got smart was to put their products in the hands of consumers in large numbers whether or not the consumer even knew how to use it! :) Incentives given to the dealers for selling these cameras also put the products on the shelves and pushed out the door by their sales personnel.
posted June 21st, 2010
I agree with Krissy as l too own a Canon 450D. Its lightweight and user friendly. I just need to save up and buy some of those amazing lenses and there will be no stopping me then! I would like to upgrade at some stage but for now l am more than happy with what l have.
posted June 21st, 2010
I have the Canon 1000D, it's just small enough for me :) I wanted one that wasn't too big.

I was considering buying the Nikon D3000, but honestly, I don't like the look on Nikons! the red and green ruin the whole camera for me!

I also have a tiny 8 MP P&S sony cyber-shot camera, I use it as my party camera ;) don't wanna drop my baby!
posted June 21st, 2010
THANK YOU for this statistic, Ross. It's very interesting! I don't think the higher use of Canon comes from them being cheaper. At least here in Germany Nikon is more expensive (to my knowing). I bought my D40 because my husband is the tech whizz and he said we should (to which I agreed, after I read all the tests). I am thinking of upgrading to a Nikon D90 though, we shall see if and when the money will turn up. ;)
posted June 21st, 2010
I am shooting with my Nikon P90 digital P&S and would like to upgrade to a DSLR eventually but I was shooting with an Olympus FE-370 digital P&S prior to my P90 and I have to say I was pretty happy with it! I wonder if anyone has taken a serious look at the Olympus PEN?
posted June 21st, 2010
I found it ironic that when I came to this page there where Canons triumphed was an add for Nikon cameras on the side, haha.
posted June 21st, 2010
I have the Reble xs. The reason I chose Canon is because my film SLR was a Canon and the lenses are interchangable. I love my Canon and will probably stick with Canon when I upgrade.
posted June 21st, 2010
400D user...
hope to upgrade into one-decimal series...hehehe
posted June 22nd, 2010
D90 user here, upgraded from the D60 and will probably always have my D90 even when I move to a full body camera a few years down the line. Interesting results, I'm surprised how few of these cameras are actually used on here, can't wait to see the PnS results

As for Alex's comment...

It isn't just about the body, it is about the support and lenses available for those bodies. You don' see these high end lenses being made for pentax, sony, or anyone else really. Third party lenses seem to be better then Pentax lenses but those same lenses fall way short of the Nikon and Canon lenses. Anyone really looking to expand their equipment really should go with a company with the most support.
posted June 22nd, 2010
Fascinating! I use the Rebel XSi; I'm a beginner and it was the best I could afford. I'm happy with it, but I'll upgrade one day when I'm a more skilled user.
posted June 22nd, 2010
I love my Nikon D90! But more of my project is done by my iPhone than anything else. I would love to see the stats on iPhone percentage...
posted June 22nd, 2010
Did a lot of researching and asking photogs I know before I made a purchase. I love my D5000. Had experience with my sister's Nikon and fell in love with the brand.
posted June 22nd, 2010
Wuuu! My camera is #2

I love canon, I started with a Powershot and then my boyfriend graciously let me indefinitely borrow his Rebel. This is really neat stuff, can't wait to see the stats for the point and shoots :)
posted June 22nd, 2010
I have the Nikon D60 and whilst I'm still learning to use it to it's full capacity I have to say I love it. Very easy to use with zero previous knowledge and so far I'm also finding it easy to learn and experiment with too.
posted June 22nd, 2010
Nice to see the Nikon D90 on the list. In my opinion, the best Prosumer camera for the money, hands down. Wish I had one.
posted June 22nd, 2010
Well mine didn't make the list. I use a Sony alpha 380. Went out earlier this year to buy a Nikon and came home with the sony. And I am so happy with it.
posted June 22nd, 2010
My camera's top! It was a special package in a competitive price when it first came out. I'm not surprised that there's no other brands; other polls suggest the two are far ahead also.
posted June 22nd, 2010
I'm actually using the Canon Rebel T2i which is not on your list....It's an amazing camera. I got it for a birthday/graduation present from my parents. Great gift!
posted June 22nd, 2010
TEAM CANON! I upgraded my EOS 450D to EOS Mark 5D II... still learning some new tricks. :D
posted June 22nd, 2010
I contribute to the Nikon D5000 Percentage. and yeah it's probably canon because they are cheaper. I almost got a canon because of that but the nikon fit better in my hand. Absolutely love nikon.
posted June 22nd, 2010
I truly love my D90. I'd been resisting moving to a DSLR for years until we finally decided to consider one.

Compared features/prices and decided the D90 was the best price point.

The final test though was if my my ASLR lenses would work with the D90's AF. It did and we bought it. I do wish my old speedlight had worked...
posted June 22nd, 2010
yeaaaa! #7!
posted June 22nd, 2010
This helps. I've read all the comments about the D90 and I still am getting it :) I'm so close now. This threat is awesome by the way.
posted June 23rd, 2010
I use the Olympus E-420 and really wish I would have spent the extra money for the Canon Digital Rebel XSi. Next time I'll know better because this Olympus really is awful to work with.
posted June 23rd, 2010
I have the Olympus E-420 as well and love it, my dad owns a nikon (no idea which one) and i find it to hard to use, buttons not where it seems sensible to have them etc, and my friend just bought a cannon and it's huge! maybe i'm just used to mine but it fits so nicely in the hand.
I think its all just a case of what you are used to and which 'feels' right to you..i like the smallness of the e-420 where my friend loves her cannon.
posted June 23rd, 2010
I will eventually upgrade to a DSLR when I can afford it, but for now I'm using my Nikon L20 P&S. I'm pretty happy with it until I see some of the amazing shots on here that were taken with the fancy cameras. I definitely have camera envy.

Ross, how many members are there now? My husband asked me tonight and I have never seen a figure.
posted June 23rd, 2010
By the way I forgot to add, I currently use the camera in 1st place here. It belongs to my bf and I think is wonderful. It's interesting to see this is the camera most of you use here :)
posted June 23rd, 2010
Mine is #1 : D
posted June 24th, 2010
Mines an old Olympus D 565, looking to upgrade but have no idea what I want. Biggest complaint I have is the time delay bvetween shooting and actual shot so I lose a lot of action pics.
posted June 24th, 2010
Im fairly certain that the canon 450D wins out with beginers/amatures due to its pricing and ease of use.

You will also find if you go into any camera shop or department store and ask the sales peoples opinion they will steer you towards either a canon or nikon. Its seems to be the more experienced photographers who them branch out into brands like sony.

I have the 450D for these reasons and when deciding between the opinions of canon and nikon went with the canon due the the pricing and amount of lenses available.
posted June 24th, 2010
I bought a Canon EOS 7D this year as my first DSLR camera after using a point and click Olympus (which I still carry around in my handbag to use when I'm out without my serious camera).

I'm very happy with my Canon and its lovely lenses.
posted June 24th, 2010
I am a pro shooter but I post pics from my cell phone here for the most part. I am not interested in my commercial work being repurposed without permission. Likely this is the case for any others who shoot with higher end DSLRs.

I like this project and I am vrey pleased to support it in my own small way.
posted June 25th, 2010
Thanks for the interesting stats. I ALMOST bought a new camera today but got confused on whether to get the Nikon D5000 or the Canon (equivalent)? I am afraid I will make the wrong choice. It's a lot of money.

I have been using an Olympus SP 590-UZ and have been very happy with it. However, I am noticing more and more that the delays between shots are really bugging me.
posted June 25th, 2010
I love my Nikon D90 (first DSLR) and glad it made the list...
would love to try canon though, my idol photographer here in Cape Town (Christine Meintjies) uses a Canon 5D so I would love to follow in her footsteps with clean stunning fullframe captures...
but then again my other fave photographer in CT (Jean Piere Van Uys) uses Nikon, I think he has the D200 or something fancier in Nikon and his pictures are just as amaizing!!!
hhhhhhmmmmm.... leaves me very confused on which Full frame camera to upgrade???? i.e. when I can afford the upgrade though!! :o) But then again my camera can accompany full frame lenses... maybe i should invest in a good full frame lense instead!! that way i get to bond even more with my D90
posted June 25th, 2010
I love my Pentax k-m and the fabby manual lenses I can use with it 8D You can keep your Nikons and Canons XD
posted June 26th, 2010
I've actually been using the Canon 40D for the past 7 weeks but I only posted that information on one photo so it didn't show up. I just bought a panasonic lumix Fz35 though and that's what the rest of my project pictures will be taken with.
posted June 27th, 2010
I just use a pink samsung P&S, or my camera phone, but I just ordered a Canon EOS 550D and can't wait to use it!
posted June 27th, 2010
I am looking forward to buy a DSLR but I rally cannot afford to buy, since i am beggining to study Photography at my University I will use my father's Camera
It's a Yashica electro 35 GSN rangefinder camera some people also called it a TLR camera or twin lense reflect camera and now i am also looking forward to explore what this camera can do before I convert into a DSLR camera...... ^_^
posted June 27th, 2010
I mostly use my Canon 500D but I also use the Nikon D40??? Differences, apart from added features with the canon, not too much. Love them both!! At the stage I am at I just need to learn how to use them to their full advantage.
posted June 27th, 2010
*sigh* I want a DSLR, too.

posted June 28th, 2010
Mine is not on your list. I have a Pentax Kx
posted June 28th, 2010
Kinda thought the KX would make the list... but it sells best in Japan and this seems to be a very english site... Nothing wrong with the nikon or canon... they are fine cameras... but lets face it if we all had the money we'd shot Leica M9 because they are so darn cute for 8 grand...
posted June 28th, 2010
hahaha!! just as I thought..Nikon and Canon on the top..I guess this goes as well as a popularity contest. I'm for the Pentax K-x. Ooooh how I love my cam..hehe :D well, basically, as my co-Pentaxians here in the Philippines says, "it is not the bow and arrow that makes a great shot, it is the archer that makes the difference" :D
posted June 28th, 2010
I have a Canon 350D and 1Ds Mkii so I do appreciate the work of canon. It is certainly a healthy rivalry between the two big guns.
posted July 5th, 2010
I have an Xsi and a 50D.......I prefer my 50D and if I had the $$ I would have a 5D! I see a BIG difference between my cameras!!
I also LOVE Canon!!!! lol
posted July 7th, 2010
i have a nikon D3000 and i really like the way it works. its a really good camera. and its also great for point and shoot
posted July 9th, 2010
I have a Nikon D40. I love it but it is the first DSLR I have owned or really used to I don't have anything to compare it to. I bought it because it fit nicely into my rather small hands, it was within my price range, it was a good starter DSLR and it came with a zoom lense.
posted July 11th, 2010
im using Canon EOS 450D and Sony DSC-W170
really happy with Canon 450D, for me its perfect!!!!
posted July 23rd, 2010
I have been tossing up between the D3000 and the D5000 (money being the main issue!), and it is so good to be able to have a look at photos from ppl who use them!!! Helps make my decision!
posted August 7th, 2010
I've recently started using a Nikon D60, but my macro lens is leaving me high and dry...forcing me to take less than"great" pictures. Any suggestions on what macro to buy?
posted August 12th, 2010
I'm a proud owner of the Canon 400D. Will be adding another body soon, might go with the T1i
posted August 19th, 2010
nikon d60 owner here! proud to be, hoping to upgrade soon, thumbs up NIKON!
posted September 29th, 2010
When I bought my Cannon 450D (Rebel XSi) I did a lot of reading on what a good "starter" DSLR was. What I found was that basically you couldn't go wrong with either a Cannon or a Nikon - the big tag I always heard was:

"A Cannon is the best camera designed by an engineer, while a Pentax is the best camera deisgned by a Photorapher"

The biggest thing that swayed me was how easy it was to find shops with upper end Cannon gear, whereas Nikon gear seemed more rare (not that I've actually bought anything yet).
posted April 7th, 2011
i have 450d, but plan to upgrade it ... soon .... still canon .... ♥
canon is LOVED!
posted August 1st, 2011
I have a Canon 1000D that's all I could afford, if I get a chance to get another DSLR it will be a Nikon, I believe they are far superior.
posted August 26th, 2011
Love getting this kind of statistical information about what we're up to. Thanks Ross.
posted August 27th, 2011
Nikon D7000 used primarily, but have used my D200 and D70. None of them on the top 10 list but are all great cameras. Thanks for the stats Ross.
posted November 15th, 2011
I have a Canon 1000D only because that's the only one that I could afford, my next camera will be a Nikon...hopefully:)
Cheers and thanks for the stats Ross:)
posted November 20th, 2011
new (4months ) owner of D90.
shopped around a bit . Jessops chain offered good deal interstingly on a canon , then went to a local independent long sesblished camera shop . he sold me the dearer D90 becuase i said I was joining a camera club. when i asked why he aid it was more robust , and he thought i would outgrow a basic entrylevel model in . He sold all brands,
Was happy to go with that and love the camera.
posted February 29th, 2012
Canon girl here!
posted March 18th, 2012
I go way back with Canon. My college graduation present was an A1 and I finally retired it ten years ago. Between then and now I had digital point and shoots. Finally got a Canon 7D two years ago. It's a great camera, but it is bigger than I thought it would be. It is not as heavy as my old A1, but it is larger. Were I to do it again, I'd get a micro 4/3 DSLR hybrid camera. The 7D is too big for my passion for quality "run and gun" photography.

posted March 31st, 2012
I started the project with a Nikon D3000. I bought Nikon because I had a co-worker willing to let me experiment and share lenses once I bought. I was given a D7000 as a gift and am now back to square 1 learning all the ins and outs of the added controls and menus.

For years I have very happily used a pocket camera and still carry it always, so I am looking forward to seeing the stats on pocket cameras.
posted May 1st, 2012
The camera only takes a picture when the person behind it presses the shutter release. It is not about the camera, it is ALL about the person behind it... at this level!
posted December 4th, 2012
I am glad to see Pentax fans defending their cameras. I have a K20D that is getting old but is a fine camera for a LOT less money than the Canons or Nikons. Hoya just about killed Pentax when they bought the company, but now that Ricoh owns Pentax, several new cameras have just been introduced. Give them a couple of years and you may see a very good Pentax or two or the top 10 list.
posted December 6th, 2012
I loved my Canon 400D and took it to same amazing places, it never let me down. Have just upgraded to a 7D and going through the usual "get used to your new toy" phase.
posted December 6th, 2012
Just realised this post was started in 2010 (doh!) - so the Top 10 is way out of date!
posted January 10th, 2013
I have a Cannon G10 P and S more than pleased with it, how about a Cannon 60d for my DSLR
posted January 21st, 2013
I appear to be a minority here, I have a Sony A77 since October and I am very impressed with it. Did a lot of research first and did look at a Cannon model but the Sony ticked the right boxes. I went into a branch of Jessops to actually buy the camera and the salesman asked why I wanted a Sony. I then basically got a really hard sales pitch for about twenty minutes about how far superior Cannon are, and that I was a lunatic for wanting to waste my money on a Sony. I walked out and ordered it on-line. I think it is an excellent camera.
posted May 16th, 2013
I am not surprised to see Canon and Nikon on the top of this list. When I was shopping around for a budget DSLR, I made it a point to sway myself away from the bombardment of Canon and Nikon advertisement. I researched a lot about other brands. I am a proud to say that I am a Pentaxian and love my navy blue Pentax K-x! Nice to see other Pentaxians here...
posted May 16th, 2013
@markp I think you made an excellent choice, Mark! Your photos are amazing!!! Keep up the wonderful work! :-)
posted July 20th, 2013
I'm using a Nikon D3100 to take part in this project. I have got this little beauty for roughly one and a half years now, but I'm totally happy with it at the moment. Maybe after my training (which ends next year in July) I will upgrade to a D5100 or D5200
posted August 17th, 2013
I have a Nikon D7100 and it didn't make the top ten but I'm not surprised as it's a relatively new camera so not many people probably have one. However, I love it and it does everything I need. I love Nikon's because I understand their settings which are simple and easy to understand. Great camera
posted September 5th, 2013
My hubby has a Canon 5D and I decided I didn't want to lug that much stuff around. So I opted for the Panasonic G2. It's a micro 4/3 rather than a full-frame camera. My lenses are half the size (or less) than his. I can put 3 lenses in my Scottevest and you can't even tell they're there. Perfect for travel!
posted September 21st, 2013
The build quality of the higher end Nikons is better, with metal bodies, and generally less plastic, but it makes them heavier, and, as you rightly point out, slightly more expensive. I've used them both, and image quality is equally good. I'm now a Nikon user - I prefer the menus, and the terminology is more generic. This post must be ancient-can't believe the Canon 7D's not there, it's one of the best camera's they've ever made...and where are the iphone's? Must be loads of those being used.
posted January 16th, 2014
I actually would have said that Canon DSLRs are slightly more expensive than Nikon for "equivalent" function and quality. In the USA anyway. 5Diii and the D800, 7D and the D7100 for example. But it's not that significant. At the entry level you have the SL1 (100D) versus the (yet to come to market in the USA) D3300, and I think that indeed might be a game changer... Of course this is 2014, and the original post from Ross was 2010 I see.
posted February 19th, 2014
Thanks for the interesting stats. Glad to see Canon in the top 10. I have had Canon's all my photographic life, the 350D was my first digital one. Now have a 600D and love it.
posted February 21st, 2014
Go Team Canon! Hee hee I own a Canon T2i, but is that what those cameras up there are? I think not, based on the quick look I got of them on Amazon. I started with a Canon Power shot Elph that I loved. When I upgraded, since I was happy with it, and knew how it worked, I just got the Canon T2i. Love it. Cannot wait to see what P and S's people use. Will that include camera phones, or are they in their own category?
posted April 5th, 2014
Mine didn't make the list.....SWEET! We're unique. ;)
posted April 7th, 2014
I was using a canon t3i and moved on to a canon 6d . Gave my wife my t3i .
I think canon makes great camera's that are easy to learn to use.
posted February 1st, 2015
June 2010 is not very recent! How about CSCs now? And the 'photographic brain' behind the shutter finger is the key I think.
posted March 8th, 2015
Really surprised the Canon 6D and even more so the 7D isn't on this list
posted March 18th, 2015
I have had Canons since my 21st birthday - 30+ years ago and I love them. I have a 400D at present and do not plan to upgrade yet as it is good, but I am sure it will happen some time but it will always be a Canon- not least as I have the lenses.
posted July 21st, 2015
I had a Cannon 650 but sold it & bought an Olympus Pen-5. Much more compact & suited to my lifestyle but I preferred the Cannon by far. Simple to use & I can understand their popularity. My next camera will be a Cannon again but a small more compact version than the DSLR.
posted March 2nd, 2017
I honestly have always thought the Canons were more expensive than the Nikons. Your observation is the reverse of that. I appreciate seeing this blog as I am seriously considering purchasing a new camera. I use my iPhone 6S all the time till I travel, then I break out my "honker", my Nikon D3100. It's just so heavy!
posted July 18th, 2018
Mine didnt make the list either but am very happy with Olympus OM-D E-M5Mark11
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