Roundup: High-end Digital SLRs
It takes more than megapixels to distinguish a camera in the field of high-end digital SLRs. Find out what the current crop has to offer.
By Ron Eggers
The digital single lens reflex market continues to expand as new companies enter the ring and the established vendors release new models. But changes are coming more slowly now. Resolution isn't nearly the crucial issue it has been. The emphasis now is on speed and quality.
Maximum resolution for DSLRs has hit a plateau, crowned by the 16-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. The rumored 22-megapixel Canon DSLR remains a rumor; instead, Canon released the EOS-1D Mark III, with a 10.1-megapixel sensor, Integrated Cleaning System, 100 percent viewfinder, 45-point AF and support for Live View technology.
At one point, Olympus was about the only company making DSLRs with live view, giving photographers the option to compose images on the LCD rather than in the viewfinder. Now Canon and Fujifilm also make live-view DSLRs.
Prices on all digital SLRs are dropping, with some entry-level DSLRs selling for as little as $500. The new Canon Mark III comes with a price tag of $4,495.