Friday, January 12, 2007
Buyer's Guide 2007: D-SLR Systems
For your best images, digital SLR systems offer the latest technologies and flexibility
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-L1 looks a lot like a rangefinder film camera, but is actually a Four Thirds System D-SLR that shares some technology with the Olympus Evolt E-330, including the Panasonic 7.5-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and mirror box, and the Olympus Supersonic Wave Filter that shakes dust off the sensor. The DMC-L1 utilizes Panasonic's own Venus Engine III image processor, designed especially for the Live MOS sensor. The DMC-L1 shoots in three aspect ratios, uses SD cards (including FAT32 high-capacity cards) and features a shutter-speed dial atop the body and an aperture ring on the Leica D Vario-Elmarit lenses.
All Four Thirds System lenses can be used with the DMC-L1, but the new Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 zoom sold with the camera was designed specifically for the DMC-L1. The lens contains a Venus Engine Plus LSI, along with a MEGA O.I.S. (optical image-stabilizing system).
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro is based on Nikon camera technology and uses Nikon-mount lenses but incorporates Fujifilm's own image sensor and imaging engine. The Super CCD SR II sensor features 6.17 million high-sensitivity S-pixels and 6.17 million low-sensitivity R-pixels, resulting in an expanded dynamic range and a total of 12.34 million pixels.
Nikon flash units and some Nikon body accessories can be used with the S3 Pro. Raw File Converter LE, FinePix Viewer and ImageMixer software come with the camera, and the more versatile Hyper-Utility Software HS-2V and Studio Utility for remote operation via PC are available as options.
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