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The 10.3-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 has a 24-120mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T zoom lens. Live-preview capability makes the camera framing 100% accurate and camera operation quiet. The LCD screen swivels to any position, so you can get fun shots at cool angles. The camera even has reduced power consumption (compared to earlier Sony models) and gets up to 500 shots per charge. List Price: $1,000. Contact: Sony, (800) 222-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.

With Lexar's Professional CompactFlash Reader, you get a durable, solid card reader that can be stacked. The readers are designed for linking multiple units to a single connection. Up to four FireWire CompactFlash readers can be connected using FireWire daisy-chaining, and up to four USB 2.0 CompactFlash readers can be connected to the Lexar Professional 4 Port Hub USB 2.0 for simultaneous CF card downloading. An LED indicator makes it easy for you to tell when the card reader is working. List Price: $89.99. Contact: Lexar Media, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.

Carry a confident air while presenting your latest digital slideshow using the Microtek CX6 DLP projector. For less than $1,000, the device offers 2,000 ANSI lumens and a high 2,000:1 contrast ratio, ensuring your images appear crisp. Inputs for video or graphics include DVI for direct digital connection, a DVI-to-VGA adapter for an auto-sensing analog PC connection, and S-video and composite video inputs. At 7.8 pounds and 12.9x3.5x9.4 inches, it won't weigh you down when you're on the go. List Price: $999. Contact: Microtek, (310) 687-5940, www.microtek.com.

Capture an extreme wide-angle shot with a unique look by using Sigma's 15mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens. The 180-degree field of view and minimum shooting distance of 5.9 inches allow you to get creative with exaggerated perspective and distortion. The digitally optimized lens includes a new multilayer coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and comes with a gelatin filter holder. Estimated Street Price: $475. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.



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