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December 2010

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ALL-PURPOSE DSLR
The 16.3-megapixel Pentax K-5 is a compact, yet advanced camera that’s packed with pro-level features. In addition to a high-resolution CMOS sensor, the camera captures fast action shots at a 7 fps frame rate. The high-sensitivity 80-12,800 ISO range is expandable to 51,200 with improved noise performance. Widescreen 1080p HD video can be taken at 25 fps with sound via a built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. The 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system has a dedicated AF-assist lamp and light-wavelength sensor. In-camera HDR processing also has been enhanced with more blending modes and better image alignment of handheld shots. Other key features include a three-inch LCD with 921,000-dot resolution and a rugged weather-sealed body. Estimated Street Price: $1,599. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

WORKFLOW MANAGER
Remove large unwanted portions of an image using the improved Spot Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Adapted from Photoshop CS5’s Content Aware Fill feature, the brush now can take out objects, such as a telephone pole or tourists in a crowded scene, and fill in the background. Another cool feature is the Photomerge Style Match, which analyzes characteristics, like tone or contrast, of any photo and applies those qualities to another photo to easily replicate different styles. Adobe also has released Premiere Elements 9 for video. Some of the features include easy uploading to Facebook and YouTube, and a new import dialog box for handling video from DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $99 (each); $149 (bundle). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

FLUID HEAD
Pan your HD DSLR smoothly across a scene while recording with the Sachtler Cine DSLR. Fluid heads are optimal for video because they use hydraulics to dampen camera movement, allowing for smooth pans or tilts. The Cine DSLR has a load capacity of up to 11 pounds and a tilt range of +90º to -75º. A counterbalance in 10 steps and three vertical and horizontal grades of drag enhance its operation. Other features include a special camera plate with an antitwist retainer designed for HD DSLRs, finely graded three-step damping and a robust metal housing. The Cine DSLR is lightweight, compact and easy to transport. List Price: $1,500. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.us.

MAC APP
An improved user interface, better nondestructive editing capability and easier management of file metadata are some of the features found in ACDSee Pro for Mac. The latest version of the public beta allows you to make all sorts of adjustments to your images without affecting the original file and supports most file formats, including RAW and JPEG. ACDSee Pro automatically detects your camera or memory card reader, allowing you to drag and drop images onto your hard drive without having to import files. The workflow management program is scheduled for full release early next year. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com/proformac.

PRINT MAKER
Make high-quality prints using a pair of compact printers from Mitsubishi. The CP-D70DW measures 10.8x17.6x6.7 inches and the CP-D707DW measures 10.8x17.6x13.4 inches. Both output a resolution of 300 dpi, use a new image-processing algorithm to enhance natural image sharpness and have a built-in energy-saving idle mode that reduces power consumption to less than a watt. Both printers have a simple filing unit extension and a space-saving front loader, making them easy to use and efficient. Estimated Street Price: $1,995 (CP-D70DW); $2,950 (CP-D707DW). Contact: Mitsubishi, (888) 307-0388, www.mitsubishi-imaging.com.

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