These breakout DSLRs are destined to be next year's stars. Plus, Canon and
Nikon's newest pro models compared, and an entry-level DSLR from Panasonic.
Call it the Year of the Enthusiast's Camera. Three DSLR makers have introduced new breakthrough models aimed squarely at the advanced amateur. The Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D300, and Sony Alpha 700 all promise higher resolution and noise reduction, faster burst rates, better optical and electronic viewing, and finer autofocusing than on earlier cameras in this category, including the Canon EOS 30D, Nikon D200, and Sony Alpha 100. Other improvements: beefed-up bodies, extensive customization options, and wireless connectivity.