Semiprofessional

Semi-professional digital cameras are what you might term pro-lite cameras. These D-SLRs offer just about everything that professional D-SLRs have—through-the-lens optical viewing, interchangeable lenses, great image quality, film-like handling and performance, precise control, plus the ability to accommodate system accessories.

The user of a semi-professional camera is really serious about her photography and may even make a living with it. She requires top-quality images and every advantage that technology can offer. But she

Figure 2-4: Like other prosumer cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 is a complex camera requiring some sophistication to use its many features and functions. However, it is a well-constructed, loaded-for-bear camera that offers just about all the controls you could need for getting great photos. (Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation.)

Figure 2-4: Like other prosumer cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 is a complex camera requiring some sophistication to use its many features and functions. However, it is a well-constructed, loaded-for-bear camera that offers just about all the controls you could need for getting great photos. (Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation.)

can't (or won't) spend the money for a full professional D-SLR. Semi-pro cameras are fast performers and can fire 2 or 3 frames per second (fps) for a limited number of shots before the camera has to temporarily stop shooting so all the images can be written to memory Semi-pro models also tend to be lighter than their pro counterparts, which may be perceived as an advantage by some buyers who plan to do a lot of hand-held shots.

Semi-professional cameras, however, have one important, unassailable advantage over their pro counterparts: price. A body and basic zoom lens costs between $950 and $2,200, and currently they tend to have 5-6 megapixel resolution. Some examples of semi-pro models include the Canon EOS-300D Digital Rebel, Nikon D70, Olympus E-1 (see Figure 2-5), Pentax *ist D, and Sigma SD10.

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