Thursday, June 23, 2005

Professional-quality digital SLR cameras for $750

The New York Times has a great review up right now of the new Nikon D50, the latest in their "D" line of professional digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, which is going to sell for an unbelievable US$750 (approx. 500 euros, 375 pounds). The D50 gives you everything a traditional film-based SLR camera does - swappable lenses, manual adjustment of shutter and f-stop, crystal-clear photos - but of course is all digital, meaning that you can send the photos straight to your computer without the need of a photo lab. Plus the thing powers up in two-tenths of a second, has no lag time between shutter press and the actual taking of the photo, and can shoot two thousand photos off a single set of batteries. Man, what will the modern world think of next?