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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Over $2,000

The tools of the pros, these top-tier models offer the cutting edge of digital image capture

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Nikon D700
Nikon's second FX-format (full-frame) D-SLR, the D700 offers many of the flagship D3's advantages in a much lighter, more compact package, for just 60% of the D3's price. Among those features: the same 12.1-megapixel FX CMOS sensor; automatic switching to DX-format mode when a DX Nikkor lens is attached (at 5.1 megapixels); the same excellent AF and metering systems; ISOs to 25,600 with excellent image quality at 6400; Handheld and Tripod Live-View modes; and more. The D700 even adds a built-in flash and a sensor-dust remover absent from the D3.


Image Sensor: 12.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1x (full-frame FX), 1.5x (APS-C)
A/D Converter: 12- or 14-bit
LCD: 3.0 inches with Live View
AF System: 51-point
ISO Settings: 200-6400, plus 100 and 12800 and 25600
Continuous Firing Mode: 5 fps
Metering: 1005-segment 3D Color Matrix II,
center-weighted, 1.5% spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash
Power Source: EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.8x4.8x3.0 inches
Weight: 35.1 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $2,999

Also Consider
Nikon D3

Image Sensor: 12.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1x (full-frame FX), 1.5x (APS-C)
Estimated Street Price: $4,999

Sony DSLR-A900

Featuring the highest-resolution sensor in a 35mm-format D-SLR, the new A900 is a full-frame model offering 24.6 megapixels, sensor-shift Super SteadyShot image stabilization that works with all lenses, dual high-speed Bionz image processors and a high-res, three-inch, 921,000-pixel LCD monitor with Intelligent Preview function. Sony's first all-out pro D-SLR, the A900 features rugged construction, a 100% coverage glass pentaprism viewfinder, slots for CompactFlash and Sony Memory Stick media, and an Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer to increase shadow and highlight detail.


Image Sensor: 24.6-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1x (full-frame)
A/D Converter: 12-bit
LCD: 3.0 inches with Intelligent Preview
AF System: 9-point
ISO Settings: 200-3200, plus 100 and 6400
Continuous Firing Mode: 5 fps
Metering: 40-segment honeycomb, center-weighted, spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash, Memory Stick
Power Source: Stamina rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 6.1x4.6x3.2 inches
Weight: 30 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $2,999


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