Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The DSLRs Of 2009
Despite the slow economy, nature photographers were treated to more than a dozen new high-tech D-SLRs this year. We’ve compiled a selection of the models that you’re sure to want to know more about.
List Price: $699 (with 14-42mm and 40-150mm zooms)
The E-450 is Olympus’ entry-level model, with many of the E-620’s features in an even more compact body at an even lower price. It’s sold as a package, with Digital Zuiko 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses, providing focal lengths equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera.
Features include a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, three Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus and Pin Hole) and even wireless off-camera flash capability with accessory FL-50R and FL-36R flash units.
List Price: $699 (with 14-42mm zoom)
This compact, 12.3-megapixel Four Thirds System D-SLR provides quick autofocusing (especially with Olympus Digital Zuiko SWD lenses) and a wide range of features. Introduced in the E-30, the E-620’s six Creative Art Filters make it easy to create special-effects images. The Pop filter creates super-saturated colors, the Soft Focus filter, dreamlike effects, the Grainy Film filter, high-contrast black-and-white, Light Tone, a high-key effect, Pale and Light Color, a pastel effect, and Pin Hole, the effect of peeking through a pinhole.
Despite its small size, the E-620 provides two memory-card slots, one for CompactFlash and one for xD-Picture cards—handy for extra shooting capacity in the field.
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