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Capture crisp, clear shots with a new Sony Alpha DSLR-A200. The 10.2-megapixel camera features continuous shooting of 3 fps, an integrated anti-dust cleaning system and an eye-level penta-mirror optical viewfinder with 0.83x magnification. The Super SteadyShot image-stabilization system helps prevent blurring caused by camera shake. It comes with an 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 27-105mm. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.

View, back up and recover photos from your memory cards using the Sanho HyperDrive Colorspace. Especially useful when you're traveling and don't want to carry a laptop, the storage device backs up at 25 MBps and comes in capacities of up to 250 GB. Play back JPEG and RAW images on the 2.2-inch high-resolution QVGA color screen. The compact device also can scan and repair corrupted memory cards and recover deleted or lost photos. It accepts most popular memory cards, weighs 9.5 ounces and measures 5.0x3.0x1.0 inches. List Price: $259 (40 GB) to $459 (250 GB). Contact: BKA, (800) 621-5488, www.bkaphoto.com.

Use your screen as a digital sketchpad with the Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display. The 12.1-inch LCD features WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, 24-bit color depth and 170-degree viewing. Use it as a primary monitor or as a multimonitor solution with features like a Display Toggle for easily switching between screens and displays. The cordless Grip Pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, allowing for precise localized adjustments in Photoshop. It's compatible with more than 100 programs, including most standard photography applications. Ten customizable ExpressKeys give easy access to keyboard shortcuts and frequently used functions. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-9348, www.wacom.com.

Extend your view to 180 degrees with a pair of Sigma fisheye lenses designed exclusively for APS-C-sized digital sensors. The 4.5mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM and the 10mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM feature a fast, fixed ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture, Hyper Sonic Motor autofocus with full-time manual focus override rings, Super Multi-Layer Coating for minimizing ghosting and flare, and a 5.3-inch minimum focusing distance. The 4.5mm has a 1:6 maximum magnification, making it particularly useful for close-up photography. With a 1:3.3 maximum magnification, the 10mm allows subjects to be as close as 0.7 inches from the lens' front element. Estimated Street Price: $900 (4.5mm); $650 (10mm). Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.

Steady your camera with help from the versatile Manfrotto 585 ModoSteady, a three-in-one hybrid camera stabilizer for smaller camcorders and cameras. The compact unit can serve as a counterbalance stabilizer, provide shoulder support or double as a tabletop tripod. ModoSteady folds flat for easy storage and transport, fitting in medium to large camera bags. Switching between counterbalance and shoulder-mounted mode is easy because of the quick-release camera plate, which rotates 180 degrees. Estimated Street Price: Under $200. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.


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