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SLR REBEL
Shoot sharp-looking stills with precise color and rich tones using the Canon EOS Rebel XSi. The 12.2-megapixel D-SLR comes with many features and technologies first introduced in Canon's pro models. Some of those include a 14-bit A/D converter for smoother color gradations and Highlight Tone Priority for control of bright highlights and high-ISO noise-reduction technology. A three-inch Live View LCD with two types of autofocus, a powerful DIGIC III processing engine and an improved 3.5 fps continuous shooting rate round out the top features. Estimated Street Price: $800 (body only), $900 (with EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS zoom). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.



nextNIKON'S LATEST
Boost your picture-taking ability with the Nikon D60, a 10.2-megapixel D-SLR that fits loads of cool features into a small package. They include an intuitive, simple-to-navigate menu; a dual dust-reduction system; and in-camera editing tools like color-intensifying filters, D-lighting, red-eye correction and Image Trim. The fast 0.18-second start-up time and split-second shutter response lessens the shutter lag. And the D60's Stop-Motion Movie mode jump-starts your creative skills by making stop-animation movie clips from a series of as many as 100 consecutive JPEG picture files. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Nikon USA, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

nextA LEG UP
Take sharper-looking pictures with help from the Giottos Carbon Fiber MM III Monopod. Available in sizes ranging from 60 to 71.6 inches, the monopod features anti-twist leg sections with rubber twist leg locks, keeping the camera and your shot locked. A neoprene leg grip provides better stability, and a large rubber leveling foot prevents the monopod from slipping on unstable surfaces. Estimated Street Price: From $116. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., 800-735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

nextBURN IT
Produce CDs and DVDs of your images quickly using the Pixela DVD Burner. You simply connect the stand-alone device to your camera or camcorder and hit start. The burner analyzes the data on the camera and burns the recorded images to a disc. The DVDs can be played back on most DVD players by selecting titles just as with commercial DVDs. List Price: $299. Contact: Pixela, (800) 406-4966, www.pixela-1.com.



next AIR MAC
Go light with Apple's MacBook Air, the thinnest notebook made to date. Just 0.76 inches at its thickest point, the whole setup weighs three pounds yet still features a 13.3-inch LED screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, full-sized backlit keyboard and extended battery life of five hours. The trackpad uses "multi-touch" gesture-based technology for clicking, dragging, flipping and zooming through images and text. It comes with a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an 80 GB hard drive or an optional 64 GB solid-state drive, and the latest 802.11n WiFi technology. An external drive for reading CDs and DVDs is optional; or wirelessly use the optical drive of a nearby Mac. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $1,799. Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.

nextBIG ADVENTURE
Travel large with the Tamrac Adventure 10 photo/laptop backpack. Big enough for a pro D-SLR with most 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lenses attached, the foam-padded main compartment contains adjustable dividers for cushioning your gear. The Adventure 10 fits numerous lenses, a flash and other accessories. The top section has room for more equipment and personal items, plus there's a 17-inch laptop compartment. Outside mesh pockets provide easy access to accessories. The waist belt is foam-padded, and the contoured shoulder harness system has a chest strap for comfort. It's available in red/black or gray/black. List Price: $229. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.


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