SIGMA DIGITAL SLR
Sigma debuts its new SD14 digital SLR camera, which uses a unique Foveon sensor with 14-megapixel color photosites. The Foveon X3 direct-image sensor reproduces high-definition images with rich color gradation and sharper resolution. The feature-packed camera includes four JPEG recording modes in addition to RAW capture, a bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98-percent coverage, built-in flash, a 2.5-inch LCD and a dust protector located away from the image sensor to keep dust from entering and sticking to the sensor. The durable shutter mechanism has been rated for a life cycle of more than 100,000 exposures. Estimated Street Price: $1,599. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
Project bright, razor-sharp images with the ultra-portable Canon Realis X600. The versatile 8.9 x 13.2 x 4.5-inch projector weighs just 10 pounds, making it easy to carry and set up wherever you go. Featuring Canon's proprietary AISYS optical engine technology, the X600 finds the right balance of contrast and brightness, along with having an expanded color space. Images also benefit from its 3500 ANSI lumens, 1024 x 768 lines of resolution and a 1.7x ultra-wide zoom lens with autofocus. Estimated Street Price: $2,999. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
At just 13 ounces, the Trek-Tech T'Pod won't weigh you down when you're traveling or out shooting in the field. The sturdy tabletop tripod features MagMount, a magnetic quick-release system that lets you instantly attach almost any camera, spotting scope or other optical device. For greater flexibility, check out the VersaMount system, which lets you move the camera up and down the T'Pod when switching between standing and sitting positions. List Price: $79 (T'Pod); $19 (VersaMount). Contact: Trek-Tech, (503) 459-0030, www.trek-tech.com.
SLEEK TITANIUM SHOOTER
Capture perfect portraits and candid people photography with the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH. The 10-megapixel compact features the Canon DIGIC III image processor with Face Detection AF/AE, which recognizes people and adjusts focus and exposure accordingly. This smart technology is bundled in a titanium body that's about the size of a deck of cards (3.6x2.4x1.1 inches). A wide-angle, 2.5-inch LCD and 3x (37-111mm equivalent) optical zoom lens are also part of the package. List Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
FAST VERSATILE ZOOM
Travel light with the Sigma APO 50-150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC HSM, a compact telephoto zoom lens designed specifically for digital SLRs with APS-C-sized image sensors. Developed using the latest optical technology, the lens corrects flare, ghosting and other image aberrations. Four Special Low Dispersion glass elements ensure color fidelity. The lens measures 3 x 5.3 inches, weighs 27 ounces, and is threaded for 67mm filters. Estimated Street Price: $679. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.