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March/April 2013

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
March/April 2013

TRAVEL CAMERA

Bring the Nikon Coolpix P7700 on your next trip. The point-and-shoot delivers some impressive shooting features in a compact body. A large, 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, fast image processor and 8 fps continuous-shooting capability are some of the key specs. The 7.1x zoom opens up to ƒ/2 and covers a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 28-200mm. The 3-inch Vari-angle LCD has 921,000-dot resolution, and there's a full-sized hot-shoe for adding a flash, GPS device, microphone and more. Also included are full manual controls, 1080p HD video functionality and advanced Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction technology. List Price: $499. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

FAST GLASS

Take your next shot with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm ƒ/1.8 lens if you're an Olympus Micro Four Thirds shooter. The bright wide-angle is ideal for street shooting, landscape photography or capturing images taken in challenging low-light environments. With the Snapshot Focus mechanism, you can take spontaneous, blur-free images by shifting the focusing point to a specific distance. Sliding the focus ring back reveals range markings on the lens barrel, including distance and depth-of-field scales, which can be used as guides as you adjust the focal distance by rotating the ring. List Price: $499. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com.

CAMERA CLIP

Get rid of your neck strap and try the Capture Camera Clip System. It consists of an aluminum clip that fits on any belt or strap and a quick-release plate that screws into the camera's tripod socket. You simply slip the camera in and (after pressing the quick-release button) out of the clip. The weatherproof aluminum unit comes with a lifetime guarantee, and works with any camera that has a standard tripod socket (1?4-inch diameter, 20 threads per inch). You can mount the camera in the clip in four directions, for easy lens changes, and you can use a hand strap with it, if desired. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Peak Design, www.peakdesignltd.com.

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Find your creative edge with some help from Alien Skin Software Eye Candy 7. Effects such as Fire, Chrome and the new Lighting, Electrify and Cloud are possible to achieve in just a few steps. With more than 1,000 presets, the redesigned user interface lets you quickly browse all of Eye Candy's effects through icons and instant previews. As you move the mouse over each preset, the thumbnail preview instantly shows how it will look within the design. Effects adapt to the size of artwork, so presets can be used without any modification. List Price: $199. Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-7546, www.alienskin.com.

ADD LIGHT

Step up the lighting on your next shoot by using a continuous source. For video, it's a requirement, and many still shooters prefer continuous lights, too. The Manfrotto LED lights are highly efficient and stable, losing less energy through heat generation and providing consistent color output from 1% through 100% power. They're shock-resistant, consume less power and offer a long lifespan. Six sizes are available and all output 5600K light. The Maxima-84 Hybrid unit can be used as a flash unit that performs at four times the power of the continuous source. Estimated Street Price: $39 to $279. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.

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