Following on from the “which lenses are most popular” post, this post is about which are the most popular Nikon cameras among FoCal users from May 2012 through to October 2014.
Since 2012, users of FoCal have had the opportunity to upload their results data back to our servers. We’re really excited about being able to return this data back to our users in FoCal 2, but for now we wanted to present some of the information in interesting ways.
For the charts in this page, we’ve counted all the unique Nikon cameras for the calendar months from May 2012 to October 2014 then worked out the the proportion of each camera as a percentage. We’ve also built a yearly view, presented in the pie charts at bottom of this page. Each camera is only counted once in a month, so even if a camera was used for several tests it will only be counted once.
Without further ado, here’s the charts…
Cameras by Month
The percentage of cameras for each type is shown by the coloured bands, with the total of all the bands accounting for 100% of the cameras. Unlike the previous post, we’ve managed to keep the camera colours the same across the charts!
The huge blue band of the D800 clearly makes up a massive chunk of the Nikon cameras for the whole of 2012, and combined with the D800E (green band above) makes up more than 50% of the total Nikon cameras used by FoCal users over the second half of 2012. Definitely a popular camera!
The D600 appears in September, and use of the D3/D3X/D3S cameras starts to tail off a little at the very end of the year as the D4 share grows. (Note that the D4S and Df – although shown in the legend at the bottom of the chart, do not appear in the chart data for this year).
The D800/D800E band continues to dominate, but with the increase in camera models available from Nikon it seems the combination of the D600 and D7100 are taking a little weight from the D800/E combo towards the end of the year.
The D4 still appears to be generally the most popular professional body, but the game-changing D3S is holding on very well despite now being quite an old camera.
The introduction of the D4S seems to add to the professional body proportion (D3/D3X/D3S/D4/D4S) rather than replace any particular body, and in the last couple of months we see the first real decline in D800/D800E popularity with an astonishing gain in use of it’s replacement – the D810.
The Df gains some popularity but is still a niche camera compared to many others.
2012 to 2014
(Note that the data for October is incomplete as we’re only half way through the month, so the points may change at the far right of this chart)
This chart shows the complete set of data from May 2012 to October 2014 so you get a 2 year view of the popularity of Nikon cameras.
The following pie charts show the percentage use of each camera throughout the complete year. The data is the same as shown in the charts above, but gives a clear view of the camera popularity over the year.
It’s important to understand that this data is a view from FoCal users who choose to upload their data. That’s going to be a specific and limited set of overall camera users, and it’s also only going to apply to cameras supported by FoCal. Having said that, the data sets are quite large and should give a fairly representative view of the situation as a whole.
We do also “sanity check” the data to make sure we’re not including obviously erroneous data.
Next, we’ll present some more specific comparisons of similar bodies/lenses to give a view of how the situation changes over time.
We hope you find this information useful. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know any other views of the data you’d like to see.