2006 Editors' Choice Awards
30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006
The traditional flip photo album of the film days isn't dead, it's just 3D with FlipAlbum 6 Pro software. Have more fun with your images as you create 3D-page-flipping digital albums with multiple photos, text and audio. Save your albums on DVD or CD to share or as an efficient way to archive your images. And, with the multiple printing options available, you still can have a traditional photo album. List Price: $70. Contact: Flip Album, (408) 625-8000, www.flipalbum.com.
Canon Optura S1
With its sleek and sexy design, we just couldn't stop ourselves from choosing the Canon Optura S1 camcorder. This petite camcorder also functions as a camera and features ample inner beauty with a 2.2-megapixel CCD image sensor to shoot high-resolution 16:9 wide-screen video for HDTV viewing. A DIGIC DV Image Processor processes videos and stills separately to get the best quality possible for both. List Price: $799. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Apple Mac mini
Big things do come in small packages. With all the power of a Mac contained in a 2x6.5x6.5-inch unit that weighs only 2.9 pounds, Apple's Mac mini comes with a 1.25 GHz G4 processor, a CD-R Combo Drive and a 40 GB hard drive or with a 1.42 GHz G4 processor, an 80 GB hard drive and an optional upgrade to the DVD-burning SuperDrive. List prices start at $499. Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.
Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW
Its over-the-shoulder design and accessibility make the Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW the ideal camera bag. To us, it means a safe camera without an excessive amount of zippers, clamps and Velcro® interfering with our photography. The bag also features pockets for cables, a card pouch, a microfiber cloth to shield the LCD screen and the patented Lowepro all-weather cover. The bag measures about 9x7x17 inches. List Price: $100. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Ensure ample flash power with the Sunpak TR-2000 battery pack. Compatible with high- and low-voltage flash units from any manufacturer, this memory-free power source includes a status indicator to display the charge remaining. The unit measures 5.0x6.0x2.5 inches, weighs 24 ounces and comes with a charger and shoulder strap. List Price: $499. Contact: Sunpak (ToCAD America), (973) 428-9800, www.sunpak.com.