Wednesday, January 24, 2007
2006 Editors' Choice Awards
30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006
Labels: Buyers Guide
Maha PowerEx MH-C801D
When you're in a rush, the Maha PowerEx MH-C801D Charging System can "fast-charge" your batteries, making them ready for use in an hour. AA or AAA batteries are charged to their full capacity without overcharging, and charge status can be viewed on the LCD screen. Battery conditioning technology maintains batteries at their optimal performance level. List Price: $85. Contact: Maha Energy, (800) 376-9992, www.mahaenergy.com.
Nikon Coolpix P1
Wires—who needs them? Nikon Coolpix P1 users can download images wirelessly to their computers at blistering speed, thanks to built-in WiFi. The 8-megapixel Coolpix P1 has a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (36-126mm equivalent), 16 Scene modes and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. You also can print wirelessly from the camera to any PictBridge-compatible printer with an optional accessory. List Price: $549. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikondigitalusa.com.
Tamrac Expedition 7
Call us high maintenance, but we prefer comfort when it comes to lugging around photo gear. We're fond of the Tamrac Model 5577 Expedition 7, with its thick foam straps, hip belt, additional lumbar padding, sternum strap and load-compression straps to make carrying heavy equipment seem like no big deal. With room enough for multiple lenses, additional camera bodies, flash, meters and more, it also features "wing" accessory pockets on the exterior, which provide easy access to smaller accessories like filters and memory cards. List Price: $249.95. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
HiTi Dazzle S400
The HiTi Dazzle S400 desktop dye-sub printer delivers high-quality 4x6-inch borderless prints in only 70 seconds. A detachable hand control with a 1.6-inch LCD screen lets you print directly from memory cards or your camera via USB and programmable hot keys. The handsome design leaves a small footprint on your desk at a mere 9x7x7 inches. List Price: $249. Contact: Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies, (909) 974-0099, www.hitouchimaging.com.
Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX
One-touch, fast, internal automatic/manual focusing and a constant ƒ/4 aperture are the reasons the Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX made our short list. With an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Canon and Nikon APS-C-sized sensors, the Tokina AT-X 124 has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 18-36mm. Built for durability with a chrome-plated brass mount and an all-metal zoom, its advanced polycarbonate outer lens barrel helps keep the weight down to just 20 ounces. List Price: $900. Contact: Tokina (THK Photo Products), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
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