Monday, May 15, 2006
The latest digital cameras do an amazing job controlling noise, but it still can be a problem from underexposure and high ISO settings or if your camera is older. Imagenomic's Noiseware 4 processes photos faster to remove noise while easing your postprocessing workflow. The software automatically calibrates a precision noise file from your pictures and chooses a noise removal setting. Every time an image is filtered, Noiseware learns more about the camera, thus creating a noise reduction profile. List Price: Various editions up to $79. Contact: Imagenomic, www.imagenomic.com.
With an expanded capacity to 2 GB, SanDisk's upgraded Ultra II SD Plus Card stores images at a 9 MBps write speed and 10 MBps read speed. When you're done shooting, remove the card and fold it in half to access a built-in, high-speed USB 2.0 connector so you can transfer photos to your computer quickly without a separate card reader. List Price: $135 (2 GB); $90 (1 GB); $70 (512 MB). Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
Watching shaky video footage will make your audience feel slightly nauseous, so the next time you shoot, do it with the Steadicam Merlin. The ultralight, compact camera stabilizer keeps the camera steady while you move around. The Steadicam can support camcorders from 0.5 to five pounds and has a "Folding-Caliper" hinge that allows the lower spar to instantly fold up alongside the camera. Merlin weighs 12.8 ounces and, when folded, measures 3.5x2x11 inches. List Price: $799. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
Get creative without a computer with the Hewlett-Packard Photosmart M- and R-Series cameras. They feature HP Design Gallery, a technology that enhances colors, adds borders and applies effects to images, like kaleidoscope and retro, with one touch of a button. You select the Design Gallery menu when reviewing an image on camera and choose the effect you want to apply. The cameras also have bigger, brighter LCD screens and automatic in-camera red-eye removal. Screen sizes range from 1.8 to 3 inches and resolution from 5 to 8.2 megapixels. List Price: $119 to $139. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
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