dantt99 wrote:I'm just a touch biased
Everybody has their preferences. It's great to have choices!
Another camera I've become interested in is the Sigma SD1 (not yet available, and will be WAY too expensive). Sigma makes excellent
lenses. I bought one for my Olympus camera (Sigma makes some lenses that work with the 4-thirds lens system). Like several previous Sigma digital SLRs, the SD1 has the unique and very interesting Foveon light sensor that actually meters all three major frequencies of light (red, green, blue) at every single pixel location. In other words, the Sigma foveon system actually sees in color
, not in black and white like Canon, Nikon and Olympus with their Bayer-array sensors, which merely use transparent colored filters in a kind of checkerboard arrangement on the sensor in order to try to guess what the real color should be in the pixels surrounding each pixel. It's clumsy. While the Foveon sensor is not perfect (ask any fanatic Canon or Nikon (CaNikon) user), it sees color more accurately and measures it for every single pixel without having to resort to interpolation, which seems very nice to me.
At any rate, there are several major and quite a few less-bought but probably no less effective or useful or satisfying alternatives for digital SLR's. So David, just have fun learning about them and choosing one! And don't worry too much about making a bad choice. They all copy each other in may ways anyway, and they all work pretty good. Besides, it's not the camera that takes a great photo, but instead the photographer.