The camera is one of those electronic products of which Japanese people are proud of. Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus are all manufacturers from Japan. Cameras made by these manufacturers have a global reach and are used all of the world. So, do you know what is the most popular SLR digital camera in the first half of 2018?

In this article we have listed which 5 items which were the top sold products in the first half of this year at Bic Camera, one of the prominent Japanese electronics mass merchandisers. Bic camera has more than 50 stores throughout Japan, mainly in Tokyo, most of the stores are located conveniently in front of the train stations especially in and around centrally located stations. In addition, recently Bic Camera is opening a new store at Haneda airport and Narita airport catering for travelers to shop easily. It will be a good memorial to purchase a SLR digital camera  sold at BIC Camera as a souvenir from Japan.

1st place: Nikon D5600

This is an SLR digital camera with a lens of 24.16-megapixels and CMOS sensor. The sensor model is APS-C, and it corresponds to Nikon's DX format. It adopts "image processing engine EXPEED 4" and supports the high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 5 snaps per second. You can also use the 60p movie shooting function with full HD quality. Another advantage of this model is that you can shoot in various positions with the vari-angle LCD monitor which is available for touchscreen operation. It is a model suitable for a wide range of users from beginners to high amateurs. Since it can be purchased at relatively low pricing, it is recommended for users who purchase an SLR digital camera for the first time.

2nd place OLYMPUS OM-D EM10 MarkIII

This is an SLR mirrorless digital camera attached with a built-in high-precision 5-axis camera shake correction function. It is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system, and it is characterized by its compact size among the digital single lens camera whose lens is exchangeable. Since it is an entry model of OM-D series, “TruePic VIII” of the top model series is adopted as an imaging engine. In addition, the valid pixels of the imaging sensor are 1.655 Megapixels and the AF corresponds to 121 points distance measurement. It also supports up to approximately 8.6 frames/second high-speed continuous shooting. Also, you can shoot 4K (3840 × 2160 dots, 30p) movies by using this model. Since the body itself is equipped with the anti-shake feature, you can shoot without blurring even when not using any specific lens.

3rd place Nikon D7500

As one of the intermediate models among SLR digital cameras with single lenses, Nikon DX format it is suitable for high amateur’s uses. The camera size is compact and lightweight and is equipped with an image processing engine which is equivalent to the high specification model D500. The valid number of the imaging sensor is 20.88 megapixels. By adopting "EXPEED 5" as its image processing engine, it is possible to shoot up to 8 frames/sec. Tilt type monitor is adopted as the back monitor, which is available for touchscreen operation. The weight of the body is as light as 720g, comparable to the time where monocoque production was adopted. By using the camera, you can shoot movies of 4K (3840 x 2160 dots, 30p). Furthermore, the camera also has a "SnapBridge" feature that allows you to quickly transfer images to your smartphone.

4th place Canon EOS80D

This is Canon's intermediate-graded SLR digital camera with a single lens, and it is suitable for entry class. It has adopted an approximately 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor, and “DIGIC 6” as the imaging engine. It supports continuous shooting performance of up to 7 frames/second. It is convenient and yet useful with a touchscreen vari-angle monitor. It can be used to shoot from a high or low position. Moreover, since it is attached with an NFC function, you can connect with a close by smartphone easily.

5th place Nikon D850

This is an SLR digital camera with Nikon FX-format which has adopted a 35mm full-size sensor. It is considered to be middle of the range among FX-format models. For the image sensor, a 45.75 megapixel ultra-high pixel sensor has been adopted. Additionally, the ultra-high pixel SLR digital camera also adopts a tilt type touch screen monitor, making it available to be used to shoot in various positions. By using the high pixels full-size sensor, it is possible for you to produce a fine image.

Text by Takahiro Koyama