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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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

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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.

Canon EOS 50D
Canon's new EOS 50D provides an amazing 50% increase in pixel count over the EOS 40D, yet also ups the maximum ISO setting from 3200 to 12,800 and shoots at up to 6.3 fps. This is the first D-SLR to employ Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor, which improves image quality and speeds operation. The 3-inch LCD now has 920,000-dot resolution and an enhanced Live-View system with Face Detection Live mode. It uses the same AF system as the EOS 40D, with nine cross-type AF points, but offers a new AF Micro adjustment feature, which allows you to calibrate AF performance for individual lenses.
Image Sensor: 15.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1.6x (APS-C)
A/D Converter: 14-bit
LCD: 3.0 inches, 920,000-dot with Live View
AF System: 9-point, Micro Adjustment
ISO Settings: 100-3200, plus 6400 and 12800
Continuous Firing Mode: 6.3 fps
Metering: 35-zone evaluative, 9% partial, center-weighted, 3.8% spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash
Power Source: BP-511A rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.7x4.2x2.9 inches
Weight: 25.7 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $1,399

Also Consider
Nikon D200

Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel CCD
Focal-Length Factor: 1.5x (APS-C)
Estimated Street Price: $1,099


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