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6+ Megapixel SLR Cameras

How close do the new SLR digital cameras come to "film" quality? Canon's EOS D60 comes pretty close.

By Ross Tester

Just how far can digital camera technology go? And just how good can they get? Recently we had a (very!) short opportunity to have a look at one of the new breed of high resolution digital cameras.

We're talking serious product here, not your run-of-the-mill digitals which are fast reaching the "free in every packet of cornflakes" stage. OK, slight exaggeration - but you get the drift.

While we've lusted after several digital cameras in the past year or so, they have been in the 3-4 megapixel range and most have been so-called "compact digitals" - more intended for consumer happy snaps, blown up to no more than postcard size, than for serious users (eg, very keen amateurs, or professionals such as media photographers, wedding/function/PR photographers, and so on).

And while 3 or 4 megapixels can give good results, by-and-large they have not been capable of competing with the results from most SLR (single-lens reflex) 35mm film cameras - even relatively inexpensive ones. When you wanted to make a big enlargement, or crop a small section of the image, film has won every time.

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