Capture portraits full of razor-sharp detail and vivid, true-to-life color with the ultra-compact Nikon D40. Weighing just 16 ounces, the high-performance D-SLR is designed for convenience with intuitive controls, fast startup and shutter-response times, and a redesigned menu system. Other features include a 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor, proprietary 3D Color Matrix Metering II for accurate exposure control in all conditions, a 2.5-inch color LCD and creative in-camera editing functions. List Price: $599. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
Spread out when reviewing your photographs by looking at them on the 20-inch Samsung SyncMaster XL20 monitor. An enhanced color-management system ensures vivid and precise colors. The system includes color calibration and Image Viewer, a tool for correcting the color differences between monitors and printers. A unique, light-emitting diode backlight unit helps produce a wide color range. Also packed in are a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a high, 1600 x 1200 resolution. List Price: $1,999. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.
Get to your gear quickly and easily when toting it around in the Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW backpack. The new bag makes room for your D-SLR with attached zoom lens, plus five to six additional lenses, flash units, memory cards and other extras. For faster access, you can rotate or "sling" the bag around from your shoulder to get inside. A full-access lid includes a built-in pouch for more storage and two accessory pockets. List Price: $124. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.