Reviews of the many cameras I use are a core feature of this site. I love trying a new-to-me old camera and writing about the experience! And then other people Google those cameras — maybe they found one in Grandpa’s drawer, maybe they bought one on eBay — and find my site. Camera reviews drive a huge amount of the search traffic my site enjoys.
I thought it might be fun to see which camera reviews have been the most popular this year, regardless of what year I wrote them. Here are the top ten.
Minolta Maxxum 7000i – Reviewed January, 2021. This auto-everything 35mm SLR is a pleasure to use.
Pentax IQZoom EZY – Reviewed June, 2016. I didn’t love this 35mm point-and-shoot when I tried it, but that hasn’t stopped lots of other people from searching it out.
Olympus OM-2n – Reviewed July 2020. This aperture-priority 35mm SLR is a gem, full stop.
Yashica TL Electro X – Reviewed October 2021. This all-metal, all-mechanical 35mm SLR is capable and pleasant to use.
Pentax IQZoom 60 – Reviewed August, 2021. Another 35mm point-and-shoot from Pentax. It does pretty good work, but I didn’t love its blobby shutter button.
Nikon F-801s – Reviewed April, 2021. An auto-everything 35mm SLR that I found hard to love.
Nikon F50 – Reviewed March, 2021. Another auto-everything 35mm SLR that was a lot more pleasant to use than the F-801s.
Olympus μ[mju:] Zoom 140 – Reviewed September, 2017. A very good 35mm point-and-shoot camera. I sold mine and I kind of regret it.
Nikon Nikkormat EL – Reviewed December, 2016. One of the last of the Nikkormats, a line of 35mm SLRs.
Kodak VR35 K12 – Reviewed November, 2021. A 35mm point-and-shoot with a weird pop-up lens cover that doubles as the flash.
In case you’re curious, the next ten are the Minolta XD-11, the Canon Snappy S, the Pentax K10D, the Nikon FA, the Nikon Zoom Touch 400, the Olympus OM-4T, the Pentax ME Super, the Yashica-12, the Canon Snappy 50, and the Kodak Retina Reflex III.
Conventional wisdom about Google search is that it likes newer content. I believe it, given that I’ve written camera reviews for going on 16 years now, and this list is heavily populated with reviews I wrote in the last two years. If you read yesterday’s list of cameras reviewed this year, you noticed that I updated and republished a couple of long-ago reviews. In the background of this site, I’m redirecting searches to the updated reviews. I hope to breathe new life into these still-relevant reviews.