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Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Blending high-end features with low-end prices, Canon's latest dSLR has this Nikon user wanting to jump ship. The Canon EOS Rebel XSi ($800-$900; April 2008) offers features like Live View LCD viewfinding, a 3-inch, 230,000 pixel screen, the DIGIC III image processor, shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec., light sensitivity up to ISO 1600, and a new self-cleaning 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. Take our advice if you plan on purchasing: skip the $900 kit and its lame starter lens, grab the $800 body-only package, and put the extra cash towards a better, beefier lens.

  • Hitachi BD70 Blu-ray Camcorder

    It was only a matter of time before a Blu-ray-recording cam appeared on the market, and it's happened sooner rather than later. The Hitachi BD70 Blu-ray Camcorder ($TBA) records video at up to 1920x1080 resolution onto 8cm Blu-ray discs or DVD. The BD70 features a 5.3 megapixel sensor, and the Blu-ray discs it records can be played immediately in any Blu-ray player, including the Playstation 3.

  • Nikon D300

    Just when this Uncrate staffer had set his heart on a Nikon D80, here comes this beast. The Nikon D300 ($1800; Nov. 2007) is the company's new entry-level pro dSLR, and it has the features to back up its "pro" claim. Features like a new 51-point auto focus system, a 12.3 megapixel DX sensor, EXPEED Image Processing System, a new 920,000 dot high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor with LiveView, magnesium alloy construction, and a self-cleaning sensor unit. Of course, if all that's not enough for you, you can always step up to the new Nikon D3 ($5000; Nov.) which packs a 12.1 megapixel full-frame sensor, ISO 25,600 (no, that's not a typo), and nine frames per second shooting capabilities, compared to the D300's six.