Fortune Best ten-megapixels digital cameras - Fortune Friday September 29, 5:39 am ET By Peter Lewis, Fortune senior editor
Now here I am with the new Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera I carried up the same mountain recently. It has an effective resolution of over ten million pixels and costs $799 (body only), or $899 with a high-quality 18-55mm zoom lens. Pictures can be snapped at three frames per second at full resolution, up to 27 shots in burst mode, and viewed on the camera's exceptionally bright built-in 2.5-inch LCD display.
Now see the look on my face? Definitely rapture. The Canon is, quite simply, the best digital camera I've seen for under $1,000.
Designed for serious amateur photographers but also friendly to the casual point-and-shooter, the Canon Rebel XTi also features a built-in cleaning system that reduces the chance that dust inside the camera will spoil a shot, a bugaboo that plagues most other cameras in its class. No matter how careful one is when changing lenses, dust can enter the camera body to ruin subsequent shots. The XTi literally shakes any dust off the sensor when the camera is turned on or off, using ultrasonic vibrations. The motes are then immobilized on a sticky trap. Also, the camera can "map" stubborn dust particles on the sensor and then erase them from images via software.