Thursday, June 26, 2008
Shoot wide and long with the Nikon Coolpix P80, a compact camera with an 18x Zoom-Nikkor lens that delivers wide-angle to super-telephoto range. The lens covers a focal length of 27-486mm (35mm equivalent) and uses Optical Vibration Reduction technology for clear, steady shots. Features include a 10.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 2.7-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder for easier composition. The Sport Continuous Mode allows you to shoot up to 30 consecutive pictures at four, six or 13 fps (at 3-megapixel resolution). List Price: $399. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Keep your camera shooting on a long trip with the PNY 32 GB SDHC memory card. Depending on your camera settings, there's enough space for up to 8,000 JPEG images from a typical 10-megapixel camera. The card comes in two versions, with 4 MBps and 6 MBps minimum write speeds. Estimated Street Price: $249 (4 MBps); $299 (6 MBps). Contact: PNY Technologies, (973) 515-9700, www.pny.com.
DIGITAL PHOTO FILTERS
Simulate up to 1,000 different filter effects with Tiffen's Dfx Digital Filter Suite. The software reproduces the look of popular Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes and film grain. Available as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in, the filter suite works with Adobe Photoshop, Elements and now with Apple Aperture 2.1. Both versions can process 8- or 16-bit images and feature more than 90 individual filters and thousands of customizable presets. Estimated Street Price: $199 (stand-alone). Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
Send your photos wirelessly to the web using the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ50, which features WiFi and standard 802.11b/g wireless LAN connectivity. You can upload images to Google's Picasa Web Albums via any wireless Internet connection. The 9.1-megapixel camera has a 28mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm in 35mm format), captures 720p high-definition video and offers image-stabilization and face-detection technologies. List Price: $450. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Store up to 1 TB of images using Maxtor's OneTouch 4 Plus. With Automated OneTouch Backup, files are saved with the push of a button or through simple automatic scheduling. Maxtor's SafetyDrill program prepares, reboots and recovers your internal drive's contents in case of a system failure or virus (Windows version only). The 7200 rpm hard drive uses a 16 MB cache buffer for fast writing and retrieval of data. USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 connections deliver speed and convenience. List Price: $89 (250 GB); $159 (500 GB); $219 (750 GB); $299 (1 TB). Contact: Maxtor Solutions (Seagate), (877) 271-3285, www.maxtorsolutions.com.
Pan smoothly with the heaviest lenses by using the CB Gimbal from Custom Brackets. A gimbal provides ballhead-like movement for lenses that are too heavy for standard tripod heads to support. Gimbals also offer independent horizontal and vertical axis operation, and the CB Gimbal provides separate drag adjustment and locking for both movements. The bracket is modular for easy disassembly and portability during travel. It also can be used as a panoramic head with 360º markings. List Price: $700. Contact: Custom Brackets, (800) 530-2289, www.custombrackets.com.
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