Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Our cover camera doubles the performance specs of the original EOS-1D, which may be why Canon has dubbed it, simply, the Mark II. Its new CMOS image sensor records 8.2 megapixels, twice the EOS-1D's 4.1 megapixels. (Because the chip's the same size, it retains the previous model's 1.3X focal-length conversion factor.) A new image buffer doubles continuous JPEG capture to bursts of up to 40 frames, all the more impressive given that the camera's shooting speed has been revved to a record 8.5fps. Even the wide-area AF system operates faster thanks to dual CPUs. The Mark II's new DIGIC II imaging engine helps deliver smooth, true-to-life output even with twice the image data, while Canon's rewritten E-TTL II flash algorithm promises better exposure accuracy. Memory card options have also doubled, with slots for both CompactFlash and Secure Digital formats. Even the Mark II's color LCD screen nearly doubles the EOS-1D's pixels for a sharper display, which you'll appreciate when you zoom in to inspect image details-or check out the three-color histogram. About $4,500.