Canon EOS 7D The EOS 50D introduced Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processor to the EOS family; the new 7D features two DIGIC 4s working together.
Pentax K20D Last year, this excellent model was in the midpriced category. Now, at $699 for the body only, it’s nearly twice as good a deal.
Samsung GX-20 Another camera that’s dropped in price one category since last year’s Buyer’s Guide, the GX-20 is almost identical to the Pentax K20D, featuring the same 14.6-megapixel Samsung/Pentax CMOS image sensor, but with Samsung’s own image processor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Like the Olympus PEN E-P1, the 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a Micro Four Thirds System camera, eliminating the mirror and pentaprism to reduce size. Unlike the E-P1, the G1 does provide an electronic eye-level finder—especially useful in bright outdoor conditions when using the LCD is more difficult.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 The newest Micro Four Thirds system camera from Panasonic is similar to the new Olympus E-P1 in its sleek, compact form. These two models are the smallest interchangeable-lens cameras currently available, so if you’re looking for the ultimate in portability, this is it.
Olympus PEN E-P1 No, it’s not technically a D-SLR, and it’s really a whole new category of digital camera. Olympus’ new E-P1—the company’s first Micro Four Thirds System model—offers a size and weight closer to that of a compact digital camera, but with the creative possibilities of interchangeable lenses. It’s a knockout design, and we see a lot of potential in this new format.
Nikon D5000 Nikon’s D5000 offers many of the best features of the often-sold-out D90 in a more compact package that sells for around $250 less. For starters, it features the same excellent 12.3-megapixel, DX-format sensor as the D90, the same 720 HD video capability as the D90 and even the same 11-point AF and 420-pixel metering systems.
When portability is essential, nothing beats these ultracompact models There are two types of photographs: the kind we set out with the intention to make and the kind that happen when we’re doing other things.
Generous zoom ranges and enhanced controls make these cameras a good option when portability is essential Interchangeable-lens cameras offer the most options for creative control, but don’t count out the capabilities of the advanced fixed-lens cameras.
How To Buy A Camera
Where and how you will use your camera are considerations as important as its features "Which camera should I buy?” When you’re an editor of a photo magazine, you get this question a lot. The asker wants you to respond with a specific make and model (as if there’s only one “good” camera that insiders know) and is disappointed when you answer the question with more questions.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i Canon’s original Digital Rebel was the first D-SLR to sell for under $1,000, and the latest Rebel T1i continues to push the segment forward. It features Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processor to enhance image quality, operating speed and battery life. In terms of speed, the T1i can shoot up to nine RAW or 170 15.1-megapixel JPEG images at 3.4 fps in a single burst.