Tuesday, November 23, 2010
With the prevalence of HD-video capability in DSLRs and point-and-shoots these days, you want to make sure you can play back those images. The PNY Active HDMI Mini to HDMI cable is designed for connecting your camera or other small portable devices to an HDTV. With built-in blue-chip technology, the cable controls audio and video signals, enabling high-speed 1080p picture and digital surround sound. Slim and flexible, the cable measures just 3.6mm in diameter, which makes it easy to roll up and hide from view. It’s available in lengths of 16 feet and 10 feet. Estimated Street Price: $129 (16 feet); $99 (10 feet). Contact: PNY, www.pny.com.
Take clear, blur-free shots using the Manfrotto Series 290 lineup of tripods and monopods. Features include a removable head, aluminum locking clamps, an antishock collar and a column that includes an antirotation system. A variety of tripods and monopods are available in many configurations, depending on your equipment. The Series 290 features the same quality and stability as the Series 190, and is made with high-quality, lightweight aluminum. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.
Easily convert DSLR video to an edit-friendly format using the Magic Bullet Grinder from Red Giant Software. For smooth playback and faster rendering, the program allows Final Cut Pro users to get footage off of a video-capable Canon DSLR and into a timeline for editing, adding timecode and generating low-resolution proxies for easy laptop editing. Batch processing and support for multithreaded systems ensure fast, glitch-free operation. Support for more cameras is coming soon. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Red Giant Software, (260) 918-4505, www.redgiantsoftware.com.
Tailor your carrying system to meet your specific photographic needs using the Lowepro S&F Series. There are 17 components in this popular modular system, which has been redesigned to provide greater flexibility and access to your equipment. The core system consists of a belt, vest or harness. From there, you can add a range of items that are more specialized, such as a Laptop Utility Back Pack, a Technical Vest or a Light Utility Belt. Some of the new additions include the Lens Exchange Case 200 AW, which has a “clamshell” opening that lets you quickly change lenses with one hand and the Audio Utility Bag for microphones and other audio gear. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Capture sharp stills on the Sigma SD1, a 46-megapixel camera with a 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. Similar to the sensor used in previous Sigma cameras, this one is a bigger 24x16mm, which makes it a true APS-C-sized sensor. Its three-layered design allows the camera to record all three primary colors at every pixel site, producing images with rich color and detail. Dual TRUE II engines handle the image processing. Additional features include a new 11-point, twin-cross type AF system, a three-inch 460,000-dot TFT display and a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body with O-ring sealed connections to keep dust and moisture out. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
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