100 greatest cameras of all time

The question of what makes a camera truly great has come up a lot during the making of this supplement and I believe it can be many things.

The camera that first got you into photography is likely to be considered great in your book, as will any camera you have enjoyed taking pictures with over the years or the model you’ve always dreamed of owning.

At the same time, cameras that have achieved great milestones can be considered great, such as the Hasselblad 500EL that was taken to the moon by Neil Armstrong, or the Minolta 7000 that introduced the first full autofocus system.

I feel that both these reasons are equally important, but the decision should be a personal one to you, which is why this poll was populated entirely by the votes of AP readers. After all, these results were never intended to be based on sales figures or accolades alone.

The voting

We explain how the voting took place and look at the facts and figures behind the results

To start with we devised a list of the cameras we considered to be popular and influential among Amateur Photographer readers.

This list stretched to more than 800 cameras and became the basis for our online poll. Readers were then asked to log on and cast a maximum of three votes for the camera they consider to be the greatest of all time.

Alongside the selected 800-plus cameras, users were free to input the name of any camera they wished, while postal votes were also accepted and entered into the database. Over a period of four weeks, almost 15,000 votes were cast and a total of 709 different models voted for.

  1. Canon EOS 5D MkII
  2. Leica M3
  3. Nikon F
  4. Olympus OM-1
  5. Leica M9/M9-P
  6. Canon EOS 7D
  7. Olympus Trip 35 (metal body, 1967-1984)
  8. Nikon D700
  9. Nikon D3s
  10. Canon A1
  11. Hasselblad 500C/M
  12. Polaroid SX-70
  13. Sony Alpha 77
  14. Nikon D7000
  15. Nikon D90
  16. Nikon D3X
  17. Pentax ME Super
  18. Nikon F3
  19. Canon EOS 5D
  20. Canon AE-1
  21. Leica M6
  22. Pentax K-5
  23. Pentax Spotmatic
  24. Nikon D3
  25. Nikon FM2
  26. Olympus OM-4Ti / OM-4T
  27. Pentax K1000
  28. Leica A-1925
  29. Rolleiflex 2.8F
  30. Nikon F2
  31. Hasselblad 500C
  32. Canon T90
  33. Olympus OM-1n
  34. Olympus OM-2
  35. Sony Alpha 900
  36. Olympus OM-10
  37. Nikon D300
  38. Olympus OM-2n
  39. Canon Eos 1Ds MkIII
  40. Polaroid Land Camera
  41. Kransnogorsk Zenit E
  42. Canon Eos 1D MkIV
  43. Kodak Brownie 127
  44. Pentax MX
  45. Nikon F5
  46. Canon EOS 40D
  47. Pentax LX
  48. Nikon F4
  49. Olympus Trip AF
  50. Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)
  1. Canon F-1
  2. Leica IIIC/IIIF & IIIG
  3. Olympus XA
  4. Canon Eos 60D
  5. Canon Eos 350D (Rebel XT)
  6. Nikon D300s
  7. Fujifilm FinePix X100
  8. Canon EOS 450D (Rebel Xsi)
  9. Minolta Dynax 9
  10. Sony Alpha 700
  11. Minolta Dynax 7
  12. Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)
  13. Kodak Brownie No.1 (1900)
  14. Leica M4
  15. Rollei 35
  16. Leica M7
  17. Leica MP
  18. Rolleiflex 3.5F
  19. Praktica MTL3
  20. Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)
  21. Mamiya RB67
  22. Canon Eos 600D (Rebel T3i)
  23. Nikon D70
  24. Olympus E-5
  25. Canon EOS 500D (Rebel T1i)
  26. Leica M1
  27. Minolta Dynax 7000i
  28. Sony NEX-7
  29. Nikon FM
  30. Nikon D3100
  31. Nikon F6
  32. Hasselblad H4D
  33. Leica M8
  34. Canon Eos 50D
  35. Canon IXUS Digital
  36. Exakta
  37. Olympus E-P1 Pen
  38. Minolta 7000 (Maxxum)
  39. Nikon D5000
  40. Nikon D5100
  41. Pentax K-7
  42. Pentax 645D
  43. Olympus Mju
  44. Kodak Brownie No.2 (1901-1933)
  45. Nikon D200
  46. Nikon D40
  47. Olympus XZ-1
  48. Olympus OM-4
  49. Bronica ETRSi
  50. Kodak Brownie No.0 (1914-1935)