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Thursday, January 11, 2007

2007 Editors' Choice Awards

Our editors pick three dozen of their favorite products and technologies (just in time for last-minute holiday shopping)

Labels: Buyers Guide

Wacom Intuos3Wacom Intuos3 4x6 "Widescreen" Tablet
Now that widescreen format is catching on and even inexpensive LCDs give us this extra horizontal real estate, Wacom has updated its Intuos3 line of tablets for a perfect pairing. One of the best features of Wacom tablets is this attention to accurate mapping, meaning that if you place your pen in the top-right corner of the tablet, your cursor moves to the corresponding location on the screen. The widescreen Intuos3 4x6 preserves this accuracy in new widescreen displays. You also get the cool ExpressKeys and Touch Strip, which can be programmed to correspond to frequently used keystrokes, plus the most accurate pressure-sensitive pen technology available for precise Photoshop work. If you're still using a mouse for image retouching, it's time to steer the covered wagon to your local technology retailer and join us in the 21st century. List Price: $229. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-9348, www.wacom.com. —WP

 

Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer
The Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer is my secret weapon for adding pop to my photographs. I'm not one for spending hours in front of a computer screen working up an effect; I'd much rather do it when I'm shooting, if possible. The polarizer makes blue skies deeper and more dramatic, and it brings out yellow and red tones whereas most polarizers tend to mute these colors—it's my all-around favorite filter. List Price: $210-$240. Contact: Singh-Ray, (800) 486-5501, www.singh-ray.com. —CR

Nikon Coolpix S7c Nikon Coolpix S7c
Nikon's Coolpix S7c grabbed my attention because of its user-friendly Coolpix Connect service. I can instantly send photos to family and friends across the world by selecting recipients from an in-camera address list (it holds up to 30 addresses) and sending them directly from the camera's built-in Wi-Fi to a local wireless network. The service is compatible with most open Wi-Fi access points and T-Mobile hot spots. The 7.1-megapixel camera also features a three-inch LCD and handy One-Touch Portrait button for correcting red-eye and other problems. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com. —KC

PhotoFrame 3.0 onOne PhotoFrame 3.0
When I printed images in a traditional darkroom, I enjoyed prints with an edge border created by filing the negative carrier. In the digital age, I can achieve this and other effects without putting a file to my computer using onOne PhotoFrame 3.0. I love the ease by which I can use this plug-in to produce a host of edge effects. The software allows you to apply single or multiple frames or edge effects for a customized look. You can preview the effect before applying it to the final image. List Price: $159. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com. —IP


 


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