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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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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Popular with wedding and portrait photographers, the FinePix S5 Pro is based on the rugged Nikon D200 and uses Nikon lenses and accessories, but contains a Fujifilm Super CCD SR Pro image sensor with 6.17 million high-sensitivity S-pixels and 6.17 million smaller R-pixels to extend dynamic range very effectively. Fujifilm's RP Real Photo processor also enhances image quality. Film Simulation mode lets you simulate the looks of popular films such as pro portrait films and even Fujichrome slide film. You also can preview images live on the LCD monitor, in color or monochrome.


Image Sensor: 6.17x2-megapixel Super CCD SR Pro
Focal-Length Factor: 1.5x (APS-C)
A/D Converter: 14-bit
LCD: 2.5 inches
AF System: 11-point
ISO Settings: 100-3200
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps
Metering: 1005-segment, 75% center-weighted, 2% spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash
Power Source: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.8x4.4x2.9 inches
Weight: 29.3 ounces

Estimated Street Price: $1,699

Leica Digilux 3
Similar to the Panasonic DMC-L1 but with the Leica cachet, the Digilux 3 is a 7.5-megapixel Four Thirds System D-SLR with Live-View capability (with 256-zone metering and your choice of manual focusing or phase-detection AF), the effective supersonic Wave Filter sensor-dust removal system, and three shooting aspect ratios: 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. Like the DMC-L1, it's sold with a Leica 14-50mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 zoom lens, and can use all Four Thirds System lenses. Operation is very Leica: straightforward and simple.


Image Sensor: 7.5-megapixel Live MOS
Focal-Length Factor: 2x (Four Thirds)
A/D Converter: 12-bit
LCD: 2.5 inches with Live View
AF System: 3-point
ISO Settings: 100-1600
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps
Metering: 49-point (256-point in Live View)
Storage Media: SD/SDHC
Power Source: BP-DC3 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.7x3.4x3.2 inches
Weight: 18.7 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $1,799 (with 14-50mm zoom)



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