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.
Canon has upped the ante again with the EOS 40D ($1300; Sept.). This mid-range competitor to Nikon's D80 packs an enhanced 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC III image processor, and a 3-inch LCD screen in a new magnesium alloy body. Other features include the ability to shoot 6.5 frames-per-second, a top shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second, and a redesigned nine-point Autofocus sensor.