D-SLRs: Entry-Level, Midrange, Pro
What’s the difference?
Digital SLRs are the most versatile cameras, and for many photographers, the best choices. There are three basic categories of D-SLRs: entry-level, midrange and pro. These aren't exclusive categories—there are working pros who use midrange models, advanced amateurs who use models from all three categories and even well-heeled novices who buy top pro models (which, in program mode, are as easy to use as any entry-level model, albeit somewhat bulkier). But most models fall into one of the three categories.
10 Hot New Cameras
Top technologies and features are finding their way into the whole range of digital cameras, from compacts to D-SLRs
The annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show is an exciting time of year for camera enthusiasts because that's when many new models are introduced. This year's show (March 8-11) was no exception, bringing us a number of exciting new cameras with some great features. We'll look at these features and then at 10 new models that incorporate the latest digital camera technologies.
First Look: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
The world’s fastest D-SLR gets a lot faster, live viewing, sensor cleaning and more!
Canon's EOS-1D Mark II has reigned as the D-SLR speed king for more than a year, able to shoot its 8.2-megapixel images at an amazing 8.5 per second. Now Canon has blown that out of the water with the Mark II's successor. The new EOS-1D Mark III's ability to shoot 10.1-megapixel images at 10 per second is just one of its remarkable talents.
Ultimate Travel Photography
Camera techniques to help you shoot like a pro on your next photo adventure
Beryl Markham begins West with the Night, her wonderful and enthralling book about her adventures as a bush pilot in East Africa in the mid-1930s, with the question, "How is it possible to bring order to memory?"
Choosing The Right Digital Camera For You
How to narrow the multitude of options? Consider your photography habits and the features you really need
The more megapixels an image contains, and the less it's compressed, the more space it takes up on a memory card. So if you shoot RAW 10-megapixel images, you'll need high-capacity memory cards: at least 1 GB (gigabyte); a 2 GB or 4 GB card is even better.
It Takes Two (or Three)It's hard to get by with just one camera nowadays. Even if you shoot with a topnotch digital SLR there will be times when it's not convenient to carry it with you-at a formal dinner party, for example, or at the grocery store. Under those circumstances it may be better to have a high quality compact camera that will slip into a pocket or purse. That way you will not miss that "once in a lifetime" shot of the kids being kids-or the boss wearing a lampshade on her head-simply because you left all cameras at home.
First Look: Nikon D40
Nikon packs a wealth of features in its latest and smallest D-SLR
The Nikon D40 is Nikon's most compact and most affordable D-SLR to date. This camera combines a host of high-end features with an easy-to-navigate layout to make the creation of quality photographs easier and fun. Its straightforward layout and design, combined with the D40's compact size, make it an excellent entry-level D-SLR.
Complete D-SLR System Guide
With 10 companies offering D-SLRs today, there’s something for everyone
It's a great time to be a digital photographer. The digital SLR business is booming, with 10 manufacturers offering more than 25 camera models as of this writing, and more than half of those carrying street prices under $1,000. Even the lowest-end models can turn out quality images, and they provide lots of versatility, including full control of everything when you want it and the ability to accept a wide range of interchangeable lenses to meet every shooting need. Here's a look at what each camera company currently has to offer.
Trade Tricks: Shoot For The Edit
Create more interesting video using these simple and effective tips
You're on a dream vacation in Europe, on a walking tour of an old walled city. You've got your camcorder, so naturally you want to tape everything. But will you want to watch everything again?
Equipment TestDrive: Pentax *ist D
It may have the strangest name of any camera we’ve seen, but the new Pentax D-SLR is a capable camera
The *ist D is the first digital SLR from Pentax. Weighing just 19.4 ounces and measuring 5.1x3.7x2.4 inches, it's considerably lighter than most current D-SLR models, but still has the functionality that you'd expect in a full-featured D-SLR.
Equipment TestDrive: Olympus E-1
Check out the completely new digital-SLR system from Olympus
The Olympus E-1 is a completely new "from the ground up," professional-level digital SLR. The camera represents one element in a new, complete system. Rather than take previous SLR bodies and lenses and convert them to digital, Olympus has chosen to start from scratch.