Roundup: 3 New Beginner DSLRs

Introduction

As consumers get more and more comfortable with the idea of digital cameras, they begin to want more features out of them. Many consumers now feel ready to tackle the once-intimidating concept of extra, detachable lenses. Manufacturers are answering the call.

For a number of years the interchangeable lens feature remained in the domain of the expensive "prosumer" cameras, priced around $1,400 to $3,000 and the prohibitively expensive professional cameras, ranging from $3,000 to $8,000.  Add on the cost of an extra lens or two for those expensive bodies, and the majority of consumers were priced out of the market.

Today, consumers ready for the next step can check out cheaper options from mainstream camera manufacturers. Here, we’ll look at three new entry-level DSLRs: the Olympus E-620 ($799.99), the Canon Rebel T1i ($899.95) and the Nikon D5000 ($849.95).

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Features
Canon T1i
Nikon D5000
Olympus E-620
Price
$899.95
$849.95
$799.95
Pixel
15.1 million
12.3 million
12.3 million
Sensor Size
22.3 X 14.9 mm
23.6 X 15.8 mm
17.3 X 13.0 mm
LCD Monitor
3 in. TFT
2.7 in. TFT
2.7 in. TFT
File Types
RAW & JPEG
RAW & JPEG
RAW & JPEG
Metering Range
EV -0.5 - 18
EV 0 - 20
EV 1 - 20
ISO
100 - 3200
200 - 3200
100 - 3200
Motor Drive
3.4 frames/sec
4 frames/sec
4 frames/sec
Shutter Speeds
30 sec. - 1/4000
30 sec. - 1/4000
60 sec. - 1/4000
Self-Timer
2 sec. & 10 sec.
2, 5, 10 & 20 sec.
2 sec. & 12 sec.
Operating Temperature
0 - 40 deg. C
0 - 40 deg. C
0 - 40 deg. C