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Nikon D70 Outfit
$1,300 with 18-70mm lens; nikonusa.com
Looking to create a magazine-worthy morph sequence of your buddy’s big line? The 6.1-megapixel D70 has a continuous shooting mode that lets you grab three frames per second for up to 144 pictures – with no irritating buffer stall.
Pentax Optio X $449; pentaximaging.com
The 5-megapixel Optio X’s two-inch, high-resolution monitor spins independently of the camera body and lens – so you won’t have to perform ski-boot yoga to set up for the perfect shot.
Canon Digital Rebel EOS$999 with18-55mm lens; usa.canon.com
Because it’s so fast (up to a 1/4000 shutter speed) and will accept almost any Canon SLR lens, the 6.3-megapixel Rebel is the camera of choice for many aspiring ski photographers.
Sony DCR-DVD301 HANDYCAM $1,000; sonystyle.com
Thanks to a 3.5-inch swivel screen, this digital camcorder can quickly locate skiers on a big, rock-speckled face. It records directly onto mini-DVD’s, so you can showcase your personal indie ski flicks by sundown.
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z50 $349; casio.com
This ultraslim, 5-megapixel beauty can take up to 390 shots on a single charge, making it the most backcountry-friendly camera on our list.