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2012 Editors' Choice Awards

Our annual collection of noteworthy gear and technology

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CONTOUR+
Small, lightweight, self-contained camcorders have taken the world by storm. With an array of attachment options and housings, you can attach these little camcorders to everything from a bike's handlebars to a car fender to a surfboard. The Contour+ has become my mini-HD video camera of choice because of its combination of image quality and user-friendliness. The Contour+ connects to my iPhone via Bluetooth to give me control over the shooting modes and basic setup. It also gives me a live view to set up the framing. And, of course, it also has excellent full HD image quality. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Contour, (866) 397-6920, www.contour.com. —CR
WESTERN DIGITAL MY PASSPORT ESSENTIAL SE
With dimensions of 4.3x3.2x0.7 inches, Western Digital's My Passport Essential SE external drive makes it simple to carry around an entire library of images and video in your pocket. Available in capacities of up to 1 TB, the Essential SE is also USB 3.0-compatible for fast data transfer rates at around five times that of USB 2.0. Plug-and-play operation powers the drives directly from the USB port. There's also password encryption for protecting files in case you misplace the drive. List Price: $129 (1 TB); $119 (750 GB). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com. —DW
LITEPANEL MICROPRO
When I need to add fill light to portraits, I almost always reach for my Litepanels MicroPro. I really like that I can easily adjust the flicker-free, continuous-output LEDs to get just the right amount of light for stills or video. With output comparable to a 50-watt camera light, it's conveniently powered by AA batteries. Mount the MicroPro on your camera's hot-shoe or to a tripod for off-camera fills. It's daylight-balanced, and a built-in filter holder lets you use gels to add color. Estimated Street Price: $405. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com. —WP
MOAB BY LEGION SLICKROCK METALLIC PEARL PAPER
Add some shine to black-and-white prints using Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 from Moab by Legion. With a metallic, pearl-like coating, the microporous paper has a glossy surface that dries instantly and is designed for printing with Photo Black inks. The resulting look is an image with deep blacks and bright highlights. It's available in a variety of the most popular paper sizes. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size. Contact: Moab, (800) 727-3716, moabpaper.com. —KC

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