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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gear Up For Travel


Find your ultimate travel D-SLR


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Clockwise from top left: Menu text is large and easy to read on the Sony A350. Super SteadyShot image stabilization is toggled on and off with a thumb switch that’s easy to access with or without the optional power booster attached. The large, articulating LCD is a great travel feature for composing tricky shots.
Features
Sensor: 14.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD, 1.5x
Weight: 20.5 ounces
Built-In Flash: ISO 100/GN 42, in feet
Stabilization: Sensor-shift in body
Maximum ISO: 3200
Auto-Bracketing: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $799
Sony DSLR-A350
Budget-minded, quality-conscious traveling photographers will love the A350—it’s by far the lowest-priced 14-megapixel D-SLR and features a 2.7-inch tilting live-view LCD monitor on which you can view the subject while shooting at 2 fps. The camera accepts a wide range of Sony, new Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses, and Super SteadyShot sensor-shift stabilization works with all of them. A very effective Dynamic Range Optimizer holds highlight and shadow detail in contrasty scenes, while Eye Start AF activates the AF system when you bring the camera up to your eye—no need to press the shutter button halfway. Scene Selection modes quickly set the camera for photographing subjects like people, landscapes, close-ups, action and more.

Lineage: The A350 doesn’t really replace anything in Sony’s lineup; rather, it and the similar 10.2-megapixel A300 are new additions to the line. The tilting live-view monitor is a first for a Sony D-SLR.

Cool Factor
: The articulating live-view LCD gives you the ability to compose in awkward positions.

 

 

               
Alternative Travel Camera
Camera Resolution Weight Flash Stabilization Max. ISO Auto-Bracketing Estimated Street Price
Sony DSLR-A200 10.2 MP 18.8 ounces ISO 100/GN 39, in feet In body 3200 n/a $600*
Sony DSLR-A700 12.2 MP 24.3 ounces ISO 100/GN 39, in feet In body 6400 Yes $1,400


* including 18-70mm zoom lens

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Clockwise from top left: The large, bright LCD panel on top of the camera shows all of the important shooting data. Equipped with the optional power booster, the D80 extends its already impressive 2,700 shots between changes, and it takes universally available AA batteries. The rugged body has Nikon’s usual AF-L and AE-L button for on-the-fly use.
Features
Sensor: 10.2-megapixel CCD, 1.5x
Weight: 20.5 ounces
Built-In Flash: ISO 100/GN 39, in feet
Stabilization: Via VR lenses
Maximum ISO: 3200
Auto-Bracketing: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $730
Nikon D80
The D80 boasts up to 2,700 shots on a battery charge, which is ideal when faced with the all-too-common uncertainties of power availability. For even greater freedom, an optional MB-D80 Multiple Power Battery Pack will accept widely available AA batteries should your proprietary rechargeable conk out. The camera is a great choice for the traveling photographer who wants a rugged, yet compact D-SLR with excellent performance and image quality and a wide range of features. The bright pentaprism finder features on-demand grid lines, handy for keeping things properly aligned in landscapes and shots of buildings. Seven Digital Vari-Programs automatically set the camera for shooting in portrait, landscape, close-up, action and other modes, while seven in-camera retouching features include D-Lighting, which enhances detail in bright and dark areas. Nikon offers several light, compact DX-series Nikkor zooms with Vibration Reduction, including a versatile 18-200mm.

Lineage: The D80 replaced the D70S in Nikon’s lineup in 2006, offering major improvements like a 67% increase in resolution, 11 AF points (vs. 5 in the D70S), a top ISO of 3200, quicker startup, a more powerful built-in flash, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor (vs. 2.0), in-camera retouching, including D-Lighting (see Cool Factor below), more shots per battery charge and a more compact size.

Cool Factor
: Nikon’s remarkable D-Lighting helps maintain highlight and shadow detail in an image that was shot in difficult lighting conditions.

               
Alternative Travel Camera
Camera Resolution Weight Flash Stabilization Max. ISO Auto-Bracketing Estimated Street Price
Nikon D60 10.2 MP 17 ounces ISO 100/GN 42, in feet With VR lenses 3200 No $750*
Nikon D300 12.3 MP 29.3 ounces ISO 100/GN 39, in feet With VR lenses 6400 Yes $1,800

* including 18-55mm VR zoom lens

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Top, left: A thumbwheel and a joystick give you access to a range of camera controls from AF point to AE mode without pulling the viewfinder away from your eye. Top, right: Next to the LCD panel, you’ll find quick access to ISO and drive modes. Above, right: The AE/AF lock and metering mode/AF mode buttons. Above, left: The handy pop-up flash.
Features
Sensor: 10.1-megapixel CMOS, 1.6x
Weight: 26.1 ounces
Built-In Flash: ISO 100/GN 43, in feet
Stabilization: Via IS lenses
Maximum ISO: 3200
Auto-Bracketing: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $1,150
Canon EOS 40D
The EOS 40D includes six PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes to set the camera quickly for shooting popular travel subjects such as portraits, landscapes, close-ups, action and more. The camera packs pro performance and features into a solid, easy-to-use body that sells most places for under $1,200. Canon’s latest DIGIC III image processor and 14-bit A/D conversion work with the 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor to optimize image quality and performance. A self-cleaning image sensor keeps images free of dust, and a three-inch LCD monitor provides live-view capability. The 40D accepts all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the latter including several compact zooms with built-in image stabilization. Efficient power handling provides up to 1,100 shots per battery charge. The optional BG-E2N battery grip holds two rechargeable proprietary batteries or six widely available AAs.

Canon 40D
The optional battery grip can take AA batteries
Lineage: The EOS 40D improves on the EOS 30D in many ways. Among its features are 10.1 megapixels (vs. 8.2), a 3.0-inch live-view LCD monitor (vs. 2.5-inch LCD without live view), a maximum shooting rate of 6.5 fps (vs. 5 fps), a self-cleaning image sensor, a DIGIC III image processor and 14-bit A/D conversion.

Cool Factor
: An intuitive thumb wheel and rear AE and AF control buttons make fast work of selecting the 9 cross-type AF points and controlling the meter.



               
Alternative Travel Camera
Camera Resolution Weight Flash Stabilization Max. ISO Auto-Bracketing Estimated Street Price
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 10.1 MP 16.8 ounces ISO 100/GN 43, in feet With IS lenses 1600 Yes $800
Canon EOS 30D 8.2 MP 24.7 ounces ISO 100/GN 43, in feet With IS lenses 3200 Yes $800


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