Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Canon Beats Nikon 8-5 in April Photo Mag Contests

Canon beat Nikon 8-5 in April’s reader photo contests in the two largest U.S. photography magazines, ending Nikon’s five-month streak of blocking Canon from a win but still leaving Nikon in the lead for the year so far.

Canon was the easy winner in Popular Photography and Imaging’s “Your Best Shot” contest, taking three of the winning photos compared with one for Nikon. Competition was tighter in Shutterbug’s “Picture This!” feature, where Canon claimed five winners to Nikon’s four and Pentax had one.

That adds up to an 8-5 win for Canon for the month, but Nikon is still leading the year at 27-23 while nine photos were shot with other brands. That leaves Nikon/Canon photos outnumbering all other brands combined 5.5 to one.

Nikon was the winner in four out of the past five previous months (February was a tie). April is Canon’s first winning month since a three-month streak that ended last October. Canon won 2006 89-83 with all other brands combined accounting for only 43 photos.

Popular Photography and Imaging and Shutterbug run photo contests for readers each month. The majority of winning photos are shot with either Nikon or Canon cameras, and www.NikonvsCanon.com tracks the winners as a means of keeping score in the perennial argument among photographers of which brand is better.

The analysis by www.NikonvsCanon.com is not intended to take sides or to indicate that either magazine favors either camera brand. In fact, the winning brand fluctuates frequently from month to month in both magazines.

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