I've been looking into this- making my own 3d scanner for my 3d printer- and all the DIY instructions require a DSLR... but they don't explain why- exactly.
Maybe it has something to do with "seeing" the depth of the laser cross section of the 3d object being scanned?
Anyway, I have a rather dated Nikon L20 Coolpix- and was trying to determine if it was a DSLR or not- and if it would be usable in this application. No rangefinder at all- I don't think any mirrors either-
- So I guess my main question is: why do you suppose the laser line scanning requires any of that stuff- and would my humble digital camera be up to the task?