Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Over $2,000
The tools of the pros, these top-tier models offer the cutting edge of digital image capture
If you make your living with your camera or simply want the very best performance and latest technologies, pro models offer uncompromising feature sets and image quality. This also is the range where you'll find "full-frame," 35mm-size sensors, allowing you to use 35mm lenses with no magnification effect.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Best Of Compact Cameras
Top-of-the-line pocket cameras make pro features more portable The best photos are those you actually take. Chances are, you don't carry your D-SLR with you every time you leave the house, but you never know when a good photograph will present itself. That's when a compact camera that you can slip into your pocket really pays off.
Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs $1,000 - $2,000
Speed and control upgrades are just two reasons to step up to the “sweet-spot” models For experienced SLR users who want pro-level controls without a professional price tag, the "sweet-spot" D-SLRs offer the best mix of technology and value. Models in this price range improve upon entry-level models with faster response and burst rates, plus more sophisticated autofocus and metering systems and controls. Some models also offer upgraded sensor and processing technologies, like 14-bit A/D conversion (16,384 gradations versus 4,096 gradations with 12-bit A/D conversion) and broader ISO ranges.
Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Under $1,000
As technology advances, pro-level features are appearing at entry-level prices
For first-time D-SLR buyers, the sub-$1,000 category is often the best balance between performance and price. The entry-level segment of the market is highly competitive, with manufacturers vying to bring photographers into their systems.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Cameras
Camera Buying Basics: Things to keep in mind when shopping for a new D-SLR So you're ready for a new D-SLR. There are more choices today than at any time in photography's history. That's the good news. It's also the bad news. How do you choose a camera to fit your needs and budget? When you buy a D-SLR, you're buying a camera system beyond the camera body itself. Lenses, flash and other accessories often are limited to use with one system or another. With lenses in particular, you can use lenses designed for your camera system only.
First Look: Nikon D700
Nikon's newest SLR offers many D3 features while reducing size and price
For the many photographers with their eyes on Nikon's full-frame D3, but who would prefer less bulk and expense, Nikon has introduced the D700. The new D-SLR shares many of the top-of-the-line D3's fine features, but in a smaller, lighter (yet still rugged) body and at a much lower price. The D700 even adds a few features not present in the D3, like a pop-up Speedlight flash unit and a sensor-dust reduction system.
Top D-SLRs Under $1,000
Six cameras that deliver hot shots for a fistful of dollars
It was just five years ago that Canon introduced the original EOS Digital Rebel, which became the first digital SLR to sell for less than $1,000. That was a big breakthrough, and today there are more than a dozen models selling for less than that, including some models selling for half the price.
Still + Video Camcorders
Two cameras in one, digital camcorders can capture still photos alongside your HD video Only a few years ago, high-def video recording was out of reach for most of us. It was the stuff of broadcasters and movie studios, not the home enthusiast. A lot has changed since then, with HD camcorders becoming increasingly mainstream and affordable.
One of the benefits of digital capture is the possibility of capturing motion video and still images with one camera.
Cameras and housings perfect for poolside
Whether you're content to shoot from shoreline or want to dive in to snorkeling or scuba, with the right accessories, your camera also can come along, without fear of damage. Underwater housings protect your gear from the elements—even the salty seaside air can wreak havoc, and sand is no friend either. So before you hit the beach, get your photo gear a swimsuit, too.
More than just megapixels—what you need to know about your digital camera’s core component
At the heart of every digital camera is an image sensor, a silicon chip that contains millions of tiny light-sensitive photodiodes. Each photodiode produces a pixel of the captured image, and the number of pixels (resolution) is the horsepower spec that gets the most attention. However, the quality of the final image isn't determined by the number of pixels alone. When comparing cameras and their sensor specs, you need to do more than merely count megapixels—there's a lot more about sensors that you'll want to consider.
9 New D-SLRs
Hot 2008 models add high-tech features for less money If the first few months of 2008 are any indication, this will be another big year for D-SLRs. Nine D-SLR models have been introduced so far, adding many new choices in the entry-level and midrange categories. All offer 10 megapixels or more, and seven of them sell for $800 or less, including a 14-megapixel model. There's also a new 10-megapixel D-SLR with live-view capability for under $500. Interested? Let's check them out.