Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nikon Beats Canon 7-4 in July Photo Mag Contests

The pendulum swung back in July’s reader photo contests in the two largest U.S. photo magazines as Nikon beat Canon 7-4 and reclaimed the lead in year-to-date totals.

Canon had a clean sweep of 3-0 in Popular Photography and Imaging’s “Your Best Shot” contest, but Nikon took Shutterbug’s “Picture This!” feature 7-1 to make the combined score of Nikon 7, Canon 3. That’s a reversal from last month’s 7-3 Canon win.

Canon, which had been running behind for the year, caught up to Nikon last month for a 34-34 tie for the year so far. But this month’s results put Nikon ahead 41-38. Nikon has been the winner in three months this year, with Canon winning two, and two months tied. Less than half the year is left, but with the score this close it’s still too soon to predict a winner.

Only one photo in Shutterbug was shot with another brand in July, and none in Pop, bringing other brands to 19 winning photos combined. Nikon and Canon photos combined still outnumber all other brands combined more than four-to-one.

Canon won 2006 89-83 with all other brands combined accounting for 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 tracks the winners as a means of keeping score in the perennial argument among photographers of which brand is better.

The analysis by 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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