Canon and Nikon are likely to see an increase in market share as consumers increasingly switch from compact cameras to digital SLRs, according to an InfoTrends survey.

Canon was the top digital camera brand among all digital camera owners last year, states the survey.

And, adds InfoTrends, Canon has been the leading brand among ?hobbyists? since 2004.

InfoTrends’ director Mette Eriksen added: ?This is important for Canon because it will have helped secure sales of entry-level digital SLR cameras to brand loyal hobbyists.?

He predicted that Canon and Nikon will probably see an increase in share among hobbyists ?as the proportion of DSLR owners increases?.