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Take sharp shots with the Olympus E-520, which features three modes of in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization, two of which are specialized for panning. The first mode adjusts for the general movement that you make when holding the camera. The second and third modes let you pan horizontally and vertically, keeping the subject sharp against a blurred background. Autofocus Live View and the Perfect Shot Preview mode help make shot composition easier by allowing real-time focusing and previewing on the 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.

Resize, add borders and simulate traditional darkroom techniques using the fully loaded Plug-In Suite 4 from onOne Software. This powerful package for Photoshop CS2 and CS3 includes Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro for resizing photos by up to 1,000 percent, PhotoTools 1.0 Professional Edition for reproducing filter effects and darkroom processes, PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition for adding borders and edges, Mask Pro 4.1 for creating layer masks, PhotoTune 2.2 for color correction and the new FocalPoint 1.0 for simulating the selective focus of a tilt-shift lens. List Price: $499. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

Western DigitalBACK IT UP
Keep your photo library safe using one of the external hard drive solutions from Western Digital. The My Passport Essential Portable USB Drive is great when you're on the road because it weighs less than five ounces, yet can store up to 320 GB. It comes with sync and encryption software that synchronizes files between your desktop and the drive. Estimated Street Price: $95 (160 GB); $125 (250 GB); $175 (320 GB).

Western Digital For larger desktop storage demands, My Book Studio Edition II is a dual-drive storage system offering 1 or 2 TB capacities. A quadruple (FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0) interface gives you multiple high-speed connection options. The RAID configuration provides automatic and continuous backup every time you save a change. Estimated Street Price: $320 (1 TB); $550 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.

View photos and play back video clips on your HDTV using the Buffalo Technology LinkTheater High Definition Digital Media Player (LT-H90LAN). The device lets you stream digital content from Macs or PCs, network-attached storage devices or USB hard drives and memory sticks. It also serves as an image archive, with the Auto-Backup feature duplicating content from any USB drive or flash memory-based video camera. List Price: $199. Contact: Buffalo Technology, (512) 349-1500, www.buffalotech.com.

LitepanelsLIGHTEN UP
Brighten a scene with the soft lighting emitted from the Litepanels Micro, a compact camera light with six rows of eight bright, white (5600 degrees K) LEDs. Mount it to your camera's flash shoe for an even, flattering and continuous light source. The Micro measures 3.3x3.3x1.5 inches, weighs less than 4 ounces and produces 1.5 hours of continuous, flicker-free light. The dimmer dial at the top instantly dims the light from 100 to 0 percent with minimal color shift. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.

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