A look at the art and science of creating the digital cameras we use today, from tiny pocket models to pro D-SLR systems
By Mike Stensvold
Samsung NV11 Samsung’s NV series of compact digital cameras features futuristic good looks and a nice array of features. The top-of-the-line 10-megapixel NV11 sports a slim, black, stainless-steel body with the NV-series blue ring around the lens, an intuitive Smart Touch user interface, a 2.7-inch high-definition LCD monitor, a 5x Schneider optical zoom lens (38-190mm 35mm-camera equivalent) and ISOs up to 1600. The camera also can shoot MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) movies at 30 fps, with 5x optical zooming, for up to 4 GB duration, assuming you have an SDHC card of that capacity loaded.
Canon EOS-1D Mark III back Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro back Nikon D2Xs back
Pro D-SLRs are even more complex. Here are three: the Canon EOS-1D Mark III (left), Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (center) and Nikon D2Xs (right). The EOS-1D Mark III will feel familiar to Canon pro-model users, film or digital, while the D2Xs and Nikon-based FinePix S5 Pro will make Nikon pros feel right at home.