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Take a simple, intuitive approach to shooting digital using the Nikon D40x, a D-SLR that uses a more powerful 10.2-megapixel image sensor than its D40 predecessor. The high-performance camera weighs just more than 16 ounces, powers up in 0.18 seconds, shoots up to 3 frames per second for fast-moving sports-action shots and hosts a range of shooting modes and in-camera editing tools. View your images and the function menus easily on the camera’s 2.5-inch, 170-degree wide-angle LCD screen. Estimated Street Price: $729 (body only). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.

DxO Optics Pro image enhancement softwareSAVE THE HIGHLIGHTS
Make quick work of recovering highlights in your digital images with the latest upgrade to DxO Optics Pro image enhancement software. Version 4.2 features a highlight recovery tool that adjusts bright highlights when working with RAW images by restoring tonal information. Additional new updates include a SmartVibrancy function for selectively enhancing color and several interface improvements, making tools easier to use. The upgrade is free for Version 4 users. List Price: $149 (standard). Contact: DxO, www.dxo.com.

Digital Foci’s Photo Safe portable hard drive with built-in memory card readerBACK UP ANYWHERE
Carry enough storage for all your photography needs with Digital Foci’s Photo Safe portable hard drive with built-in memory card reader. Download straight to the Photo Safe from any CompactFlash, MicroDrive, xD-Picture Card, MMC, SD/HD, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO and MS PRO Duo memory card. The Photo Safe is available in 40, 80 or 120 GB sizes, and starts at a weight of only 0.6 pounds. A simplified operating system keeps the price low, while still providing LED monitoring of status, battery life and capacity. When connecting to a computer, the Photo Safe also acts as an external hard drive and memory card reader. Windows- and Mac-compatible. List Price: 40 GB ($139); 80 GB ($179); 120 GB ($229). Contact: Digital Foci, (310) 763-9100, www.digitalfoci.com.

Capture sharp 720p high-definition video and take vivid 7.1-megapixel stills with the Canon PowerShot TX1. The versatile camera is loaded with features, starting with a 39-390mm (35mm equivalent) 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilization. Canon’s proprietary DIGIC III image processor delivers improved face detection technology, which pinpoints the faces in a scene and chooses the ideal focus point. Stereo sound, a 1.8-inch vari-angle wide-view LCD and a durable, metal body are all part of the package. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.


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