Olympus has had quite a winner on its hands here. The Stylus line is over 10 years old and still selling strong. This year is the fifth in a row that the camera has blown away the competition in this category. Over 20 million Stylus point-and-shoots have been sold worldwide, making it the photo retailer's best friend.
You'd think that after ten years of dominance, somebody out there would be closing in on the Olympus Stylus, but after tallying the votes this year...there was no one even close.
Winner — Zoom Lens/Shutter Camera: Olympus Stylus line
Olympus' Stylus line also came out on top in this category. Last year, Stylus zoom cameras were runner up to Pentax and this year it's a reversal. A great line of cameras in all zoom and price ranges.
Pentax IQ Zoom line
For the last two years, Pentax's IQ Zooms were the tops on retailers' lists for point-and-shoot zoom cameras. This year they finished second. But this category was so tight this time around, it really could have gone either way.
Winner — 35mm Film SLR: Canon EOS Rebel 2000
What more can you say about the Canon EOS Rebel 2000? This sporty intro-level SLR has been flying off the shelves since the day it was released, and this year was no exception. In fact the Rebel's been quite a winner when it comes to PTN's readers. This is the second year in a row it has come out on top in this category, and three years ago, it was the runner up. The only question now is: will the new Rebel Ti bump the Rebel 2000 off next year?
35mm Film SLR: Nikon N65
Adding to the big bag of honors Nikon has already taken home in our poll is another one for the N65, which not only was the runner-up for Overall Top Product, but was also chosen runner up in this category.
Winner — 35mm Digital SLR: Nikon D100
No big surprise here. In addition to being our top product, Nikon's D100 came out on top in our newly-created Digital SLR category. The D100 now takes its place among the many other winning Nikon cameras over the years.
35mm Digital SLR: Canon EOS D60
Canon's also been attracting a lot of attention with its groundbreaking line of Digital SLRs this year and the EOS D60 has been the company's biggest buzzmaker. Here it was the only major competition for the D100, finishing in a strong second place. The D60 uses the large line of Canon lenses and flashes out there, and is favored by many a pro shooter, as well as by advanced amateurs.
Winner — Consumer Digital Camera: Olympus' line
In this highly competitive category, Olympus' entire line of consumer level digital cameras have again taken top honors from retailers participating in our survey. From the Brio to the Camedia to the E10 and E20, Olympus digicams are a popular choice.
Consumer Digital Camera: Pentax's line
While Canon, Nikon, Minolta and Konica were all in the running, this year, Pentax's Optio line of digital cameras came away with the runner up honor.