Popular Photo Magazine has done some tests comparing the low-buck DSLRs including Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Konica Minolta Maxxum Digital 5D, Nikon D50, Olympus Evolt E-500, and Pentax *ist DS2. Here are the results;
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If you’re looking for a camera with superb image quality, Canon EOS Rebel XT should be your first choice. Followed by Olympus Evolt E-500, Nikon D50, Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D and Pentax *ist DS2.
Love to have maximum control of your digital SLR? You can’t go wrong with Olympus Evolt E-500 which has extensive color-tweaking capability, including a histogram that can show you the individual red, green, or blue color channels, narrow-angle spotmeter, and the ability to set either a custom white balance or a balance in Kelvin degrees.
If you just enter to DSLR world and just want a simple point-and-shoot digital SLR camera, then you might want to pick the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D which has all the menus are simply arranged and require a minimum of scrolling, and the big rear LCD shows control status in big, bright letters—flipping to vertical display automatically as needed.
The overall winner from the test is the Canon EOS Rebel XT;
“with top honors in image quality and system flexibility, and ranking no lower than second in the other categories. But its image quality won by a margin evident only in blowups—you have to print big and look close to see a “pixel gap.”