Monday, June 25, 2007
Point and shoot perfect portraits with the Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH camera. Canon's Face Detection technology identifies, locks and tracks multiple human faces in a scene, optimizing the focus, exposure and flash. Adjustments like red-eye reduction can be performed in-camera on the large 2.5-inch screen. The SD1000 also features a wide light sensitivity range for low-light shooting, extending from an ISO of 80 all the way up to 1600. The latest Digital ELPH weighs just 4.5 ounces and measures just 3.4x2.1 inches. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Fast Portrait-Range Zoom
Capture great-looking portraits with the new Pentax 50-135mm ƒ/2.8 ED IF SDM telephoto zoom. The lens features Pentax's original Quick-Shift Focus system for automatically switching to manual-focus operation, and it's coated to repel dust, water and grease. Tightly sealed weather- and dust-resistant construction enhances the lens' durability. The lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 76.5-207mm. List Price: $999. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
Back up a massive one terabyte of photos and files with WD's My Book Pro Edition II external storage system. This dual-drive system can be used as a standard external drive or configured as a RAID. A SmartPower feature automatically powers the device on and off with the computer, while the Safe Shutdown feature ensures data is saved before powering off. The system includes high-speed FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connectivity, and activity LED lights gauge drive performance and capacity. The My Book Pro Edition II also is user-serviceable, allowing user replacement of one or both hard drives without voiding the system's three-year warranty. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
Take studio-quality product shots on your home tabletop. Sharpics' D-Flector provides quick and easy setup with one portable briefcase-style kit. With three included vinyl backgrounds—black, reflective silver and matte white—the kit is available in two sizes: 20x32 inches and 30x40 inches, ideal for easily creating quality images of auction goods, jewelry or collectibles for web sales, catalogues or marketing materials. The D-Flector can be used as a seamless background sweep or folded out to be laid flat. Estimated Street Price: $69 and $119, respectively. Contact: Sharpics, (858) 780-0072, www.sharpics.com.
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