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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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Samsung GX-20
Not coincidentally similar to the Pentax K20D, the GX-20 features the same 14.6-megapixel Samsung/Pentax CMOS sensor, weather-resistant and dustproof construction, Live-View LCD monitor, sensor-dust remover and handy RAW button (although it offers only DNG format). Sensor-shift optical image stabilization works with all lenses (the GX-20 can use Pentax lenses, and Samsung and Schneider lenses designed for it). The control layout (shared with the K20D) makes for easy operation.


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 and 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: $1,399 (with 18-55mm zoom)


Sony DSLR-A700
A solid, midrange D-SLR, the A700 features a 12.24-megapixel Sony Exmor image sensor with on-chip noise reduction before and after A/D conversion for optimum image quality to ISO 6400. An effective five-level Dynamic Range Optimizer holds detail from shadows through highlights, while Super SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization works with all lenses. Like all Sony D-SLRs, the A700 can use Sony and Minolta Maxxum lenses, as well as special Zeiss T* lenses made for the cameras.


Specs

Image Sensor: 12.2-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1.5x (APS-C)
A/D Converter: 12-bit
LCD: 3.0 inches
AF System: 11-point
ISO Settings: 100-6400
Continuous Firing Mode: 5 fps
Metering: 40-segment center-weighted, spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash, Memory Stick Duo
Power Source: NP-FM500H rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.6x4.1x3.1 inches
Weight: 24.3 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $1,299


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