LESS THAN $1,000
Nikon D3100
The 14.2-megapixel Nikon D3100 camera in our lower-priced DSLR category takes the award with an impressive set of features that had our judges singing its praises. It also happens to be the world’s first DSLR with full-time autofocus in Live View and D-Movie mode for shooting full HD (1080p) video. The camera’s new EXPEED 2 image processing engine works with an 11-point autofocus system and the DXformat CMOS sensor to produce excellent image quality. An ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800 equivalent) provides versatility in low-light situations.
Price: $699.95
$1,000 to $3,000
Canon EOS 60D
The Canon EOS 60D packs some punch with its improved APSC-size, 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, new DIGIC 4 image processor for better detail and color reproduction, and ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable to 12800 equivalent). It comes with an EOS first: a variable-angle, 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor for angled viewing. The EOS 60D has HDMI output for viewing images on HDTV. Its curved surfaces, improved viewfinder and new multi-control dial all enhance the usability of this awardwinning mid-range DSLR.
Price: $1,099.
Hasselblad H4D-40

Designed for the demanding needs of the commercial studio, the Hasselblad H4D-40 won over our judges with its ease of use coupled with its supercharged 40-megapixel medium-format sensor. With controls and shooting features meant to work as smoothly as a 35mm camera’s, the H4D-40 comes with Hasselblad’s new True Focus autofocus system, features Hasselblad Phocus 2.0 software, and grants full access to the entire Hasselblad system of software and lenses.

Price: $19,