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March/April 2011

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March/April 2011


Preview bright, clear pictures with accurate color on the Sony DSC-TX100V, which sports a 3.5-inch OLED screen with 1,229,760-dot resolution. OLED screens produce images with better contrast than LCDs, so blacks look much richer. The camera records 1920x1080 HD video at 60 progressive frames per second. In 3D Sweep Panorama mode, move the camera in a press-and-sweep motion while shooting, and it captures the scene from two slightly different perspectives. When the images are combined, the result can be viewed on compatible 3D monitors. Other features include a 16.2-megapixel sensor, a GPS and compass, and a 4x optical zoom (25-100mm 35mm equivalent). Estimated Street Price: $379. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669,


Keep yourself mobile and your load of gear manageable when packing it in the Tamrac Evolution Messenger 2. The slim-profile bag holds a DSLR with lens attached, one or two additional lenses (including some 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 models) and a flash. Removing the foam-padded main compartment that holds your gear allows you to convert the bag into a briefcase for additional use. Handles make it easy to slip the compartment back in. The laptop compartment holds an iPad, most 10-inch netbooks or 11.6-inch laptops. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717,


Take high-resolution stills and full HD video using the very big and equally fast 128 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card. Delivering write speeds of up to 100 MB/s, the card is built for recording 1920x1080 resolution, and has a bit rate of up to 50 MB/s and 4:2:2 color sampling. When recording HD video, the card is capable of 20 MB/s sustained write speeds. A silicone coating provides added protection from moisture and humidity. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK,


Control your off-camera flash system with the MiniTT1 and Flex TT5 radios from PocketWizard. The units were previously available for Canon only and now they’re offered for Nikon shooters. They can be used to control single or multiple off-camera Nikon i-TTL flash units at speeds up to 6 fps and faster. The MiniTT1 Transmitter is 2.8x1.9x1.3 inches and fits into the camera’s hot-shoe. The FlexTT5 Transceiver is 3.6x2.9x1.4 inches and holds Nikon flash units. They take the TTL exposure data sent through the camera’s hot-shoe and digitally transmit it as a reliable radio signal. The radios can trigger any combination of TTL or manual flash units placed wherever is desired to light up a scene. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: PocketWizard, (914) 347-3300,


Make your photo collection look its very best when sharing via your iPad using PADPORT. The presentation app lets you view video and stills side by side, pick custom splash and home screens with background images, create multiple custom-named portfolios, bulk-load images via iTunes file sharing and choose from multiple themes. You arrange the image order of each portfolio. You also can include all of your contact information and hide the user interface to block viewers from accessing your settings. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: PADPORT,; Apple,

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