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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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
This 10.1-megapixel Four Thirds System D-SLR features a tilting/swiveling Live-View LCD monitor that makes odd-angle shooting a breeze, an effective sensor-dust remover, nine Film Modes that provide different "looks" and more. It's sold in a kit with a Leica 14-50mm zoom lens with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) and can use all Four Thirds System lenses.

Specs

Image Sensor: 10.1-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 (9-point in Live View)
ISO Settings: 100-1600
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps
Metering: 49-point ESP, center-weighted, 2% spot
Storage Media: SD/SDHC
Power Source: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.3x3.8x3.1 inches
Weight: 16.9 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (with 14-50mm zoom)



Also Consider
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Image Sensor: 7.5-megapixel Live MOS
Focal-Length Factor: 2x (Four Thirds)
Estimated Street Price: $1,249 (with 14-50mm zoom)

Pentax K20D
Weather-resistant and dustproof (we put it to the test), the K20D (along with the Samsung GX-20) features resolution among the highest available in an APS-C-sensor D-SLR. The 14.6-megapixel CMOS unit, a product of the Samsung/Pentax partnership, provides images with great detail, while sensor-shift Shake Reduction works with all lenses. Other cool features include a sensor-dust remover, Live-View capability and a choice of two RAW formats: Pentax's own PEF or Adobe's "universal" DNG. A convenient button lets you switch between JPEG and RAW at a touch.


Specs

Image Sensor: 14.6-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1.5x (APS-C)
A/D Converter: 12-bit
LCD: 2.7 inches with Live View
AF System: 11-point
ISO Settings: 100-1600, plus 3200 & 6400
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps
Metering: 16-segment, center-weighted, spot
Storage Media: SD/SDHC
Power Source: D-LI50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.6x4.0x2.8 inches
Weight: 25.2 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $1,299





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