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Pro-Level DSLR

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Specs

8.2 mp; 10–600 mm lens length; 2.5" LCD screen; 43.2 oz. canon.com; $4,000

pros

Every click and button on this behemoth is thoughtfully placed for those who make their living taking pictures and can't afford to miss a shot. Convenient vertical grip with an extra shutter button

cons

Weighing almost three pounds and priced at $4,000, this model is not for the weekend photographer; lenses ($200–$4,000) and camera body ($4,000) come separately

Summary

A pleasure to test, this camera is worth the splurge for those who want some serious power and speed—easily the fastest one we tested

Updated Classic

Leica M8

Specs

10.3 mp; 35 mm lens length; 2.5" LCD screen; 19.2 oz. leica.com; $4,800

pros

This understated, quiet camera will appeal to those who learned 35 mm photography and are slow to get on the digital bandwagon

cons

The price. Turns out you pay a lot for the vintage feel and fewer features; must know basics of photography to use; no auto focus; non-zooming lens; rangefinder takes some getting used to

Summary

It's back to the future with this retro-inspired digital camera. The M8 lives up to Leica's excellent reputation among photographers—and its cult following. Try it out at a camera shop before buying

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