The following being a recent report on DSLR which is quite interesting. I have recently purchased my Canon 30D DSLR and found it to be a superb camera with quick response and better image quality. I still use my Canon G6 and G2 occasionally but has been relying on 30D for most action shot. DSLR are more affordable these days and no wonder more are switching to DSLR.

Digital camera shipments increased 15 percent from 2005 to 2006, but the high-end SLR category grew at a much faster 39 percent clip, according to new statistics from IDC.

SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras offer snappy response, higher image quality and a range of lenses, but they also cost more and are much bulkier than compact models. They offer better profit margins than compact models, but consumer electronics companies are injecting new competition into the market.

Sony wasn’t in the market in 2005, but its 326,000 SLR shipments in 2006 were enough to vault the consumer electronics company over established camera makers Olympus and Pentax into third place overall, according to IDC data released Monday. Samsung and Panasonic also debuted to the tune of 43,000 and 36,000 SLRs, respectively, giving the newcomers 405,000, or 8 percent, of the 5.3 million total SLRs shipped.

However, Canon remains king of the SLR heap by a wide margin. Its 31 percent growth–a 578,000 camera increase to 2.46 million in 2006–added more new cameras than all three newcomers combined.

No. 2 Nikon cut into Canon’s SLR lead, with 36 percent growth to 1.74 million shipments in 2006.

The overall SLR market grew 39 percent from 3.8 million shipments to 5.27 million in 2006, IDC said.

The overall camera market grew 15 percent from 92.3 million shipments in 2005 to 105.7 million in 2006, IDC said. The compact market grew 14 percent from 88.5 million to 100.4 million.

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New Toy, Canon 30D SLR

After bought and use four compact digital camera (Canon IXUS, G2, G6 and Sony Cybershot), I finally got myself a new Canon 30D.

Canon 30D SLR

I am not an expert in Photography but trying to learn more. Have been trying to decide on Canon 400D and 30D and finally settled for 30D for its ability to shoot 5 fps compared to 3fps of 400D. Having using it for more than a month and really find it good for action scene. The next thing is to learn more on photography and invest on more lenses.