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.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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