Canon EOS Digital Rebel
As the first D-SLR to sell for under $1,000, the stylish, lightweight Digital Rebel is a bargain-but its imaging specs are high-end. It has the same superb 6.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor as the more expensive EOS-10D, delivering super smoothness and low noise even at ISO 1600. Unlike similarly priced digital EVF cameras with nonremovable lenses, the Digital Rebel is compatible with more than fifty Canon EF-mount interchangeable lenses, including the digital-only 18-55mm EF-S zoom that comes in its "kit." Its optical viewfinder is brighter and sharper by far. And its reflexes are also in another league, with fast startup, swift autofocus, a 2.5fps shooting speed, and a quick-clearing, four-frame image buffer. It can save images as JPEGs at several sizes and quality levels, or in the RAW "digital negative" format, which also embeds a 2.8-megapixel JPEG in every file. In our tests, we loved the Digital Rebel's combination of portability, simplicity, and performance. We were comfortable letting it make some decisions but were grateful for its numerous manual settings. About $1,000.