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April 19, 2009

The DSLR Playoff Semifinals are under-way: Four DSLRs remain!

The battle between the Nikon D3X and D300 was too close to call and it delayed the launch of the DSLR Semifinals! But we didn't want to have a "Minnesota" in our hands, so we decided to set a cut off point and the Nikon D300 was the winner with a 10-vote margin. Thankfully we do not have any paper-ballots, so we can't have recounts!

UPDATE! This round is now complete, and the DSLR Playoff Finals have just began! Two DSLRs are left, you vote, and you decide the winners!

The DSLR Matchups
As we have seen so far in the DSLR Playoffs, most of the flagship and high-megapixel cameras lost their match-ups to more flexible and more bang-for-the-buck DSLRs. And the voters did not even have to buy the cameras, just vote for them, which perhaps sends a message to manufacturers.

There are just four DSLRs left, three Nikons and one Canon. This has set up a favorable contest for the Canon 5D Mark II as it faces the Nikon D300, while the other semi-final has a very painful "civil war" for Nikonians, where the Nikon D3 is squaring off with the Nikon D700. Ouch and double-ouch! The 5dMk2 has gotten lucky in that it only has to beat one of those two to win it all!

Also of note, three of the four are 35mm full-frame DSLRs, and the four range in price from $1500 to $4400.

Results of Round #2
The results of round #2 at the cut-off point were as follows:

+ Nikon D3X vs D300: 49-51
+ Canon 1Ds Mark III vs Nikon D700: 24-76
+ Nikon D3 vs Sony A900: 68-32
+ Canon 5D Mark II vs Nikon D90: 62-38

As you can see, apart from the D3X vs D300 fist-fight, the other three matchups were comfortable victories for the winner. A little bit of a surprise was the margin of victory of the Nikon D700 over the Canon flagship, a 3-to-1 ratio!

Not a surprise was the 5DMk2 victory over the D90, or the D3 2-to-1 ratio over the Alpha A900.

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