Go hi-def with your home movies. Sony's HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam camcorder delivers high-definition picture quality in a body that fits the palm of your hand. At 3.25x3.313x5.5 inches and 1.2 pounds, the lightweight camcorder is packed with user-friendly features like a 41.3-485mm (35mm equivalent in 16:9 camera mode) Carl Zeiss lens, 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD and improved sensor technology that boosts picture resolution, delivering vivid, detailed images. A dual record mode even lets you capture 2.3-megapixel stills while shooting high-definition video. List Price: $1,700. Contact: Sony, (800) 222-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.
CONTROL THE LIGHT
Get a clearer picture on exposure with Will Crockett's 74-minute DVD, Digital Exposure Control. Giving his latest tips and techniques, Crockett, founder of ShootSmarter.com and ShootSmarter University, shows photographers how to integrate their digital cameras, studio strobes, light meters and on-camera flash for reliable results. List Price: $49. Contact: ShootSmarter, (914) 347-3300, www.shootsmarter.com.
Bags with wheels are a must for a smooth and speedy trip through the airport so don't let your camera gear slow you down. With Lowepro's Rolling CompuTrekker AW backpack, there's room for your digital SLR, up to five lenses or flash units, a 12-inch notebook computer and other digital extras. Plus, the versatile backpack comes loaded with features like a removable notebook sleeve, built-in memory cardholder and water-resistant fabric to keep your gear organized and safe. The backpack measures 13.8x9.4x17.6 inches. List Price: $269. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Improve your workflow with Logitech's NuLOOQ hardware and software designed for Adobe Creative Suite 2 users. The puck-like navigator is used with the mouse and keyboard to quickly access Photoshop tools. Tooldial is a customizable software interface that makes frequently used CS2 features and design tools easily accessible with a single click. List Price: $149 (Navigator and Tooldial); $49 (Tooldial). Contact: Logitech, (800) 231-7717, www.logitech.com/nulooq.