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Take your next shot with a couple of new cameras from Pentax. Depending on your D-SLR experience, the Pentax K200D and K20D are built to suit a range of photographic needs. For more advanced users, the K20D is a 14.6-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch color LCD with Live View, and horizontal and vertical views from 160 degrees. The camera has a continuous shooting range of 2.8 fps. The 10.2-megapixel K200D features a smaller body, an easy-to-use interface and large menu displays that you can scroll. Additional features of both D-SLRs include sensor-shift shake reduction, sensor-dust removal and the high-speed Pentax Real Image Engine. Estimated Street Price: $799 (K200D), $1,299 (K20D). Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

Achieve a new level of gloss and color vibrancy in your prints with the Epson Stylus Photo R1900. The printer uses the updated UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 eight-color ink set with new red and orange inks. The improved color gamut provides better facial tones. Photo and matte black cartridges auto-switch for deeper blacks. Other features include PreciseColor colorimetric calibration, ink-repelling coating on the printheads to save on maintenance, and two USB 2.0 ports. It prints photos up to 13 inches wide and 44 inches long. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

Capture the view with the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 and DSLR-A300. The pair share a lot of features, like variable-angle 2.7-inch LCDs with Quick AF Live View technology for composing shots quickly. The autofocus system has a two-sensor design, so focusing speed isn't slowed down when framing shots on screen. Both models feature Super Steady Shot image stabilization, High ISO Noise Reduction technology, and Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer for capturing good tonal quality and rich shadow and highlight detail, even in high-contrast situations. The A350 has a 14.2-megapixel sensor, and the A300 has a 10.2-megapixel chip. Estimated Street Price: $900 (A350), $800 (A300), Contact: Sony, (877) 865-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.

Recover deleted files from your hard drive with Data Rescue from Prosoft Engineering, Inc. Two versions are available-Data Rescue II for Macs and Data Rescue PC. The program basically analyzes your hard drive and looks for your data. You can recover the whole drive or select the files you want. New features in the PC version include previewing files before you recover them, cloning a drive that's failing and using the program to scan it, and recovering files to a network drive. List Price: $99 (each). Contact: Prosoft Engineering, (877) 477-6763, www.prosofteng.com.

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Check out Samsung's latest D-SLR, the GX-20, which takes a considerable step forward from its GX-10 predecessor. A high-performance CMOS sensor has 14.6-megapixel resolution and captures 14-bit RAW files with minimal noise, even at higher ISO settings. Other notable features include sensor-based shake reduction, a double dust-removal system, a 2.7-inch Live View LCD, and an accurate 11-point wide-area AF system. The camera can shoot continuously at 3 fps. Estimated Street Price: $1,400. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsungcamerausa.com.

Organize and optimize images quickly and easily with Adobe's Photoshop Elements 6 software for Macs. Choose from one of three edit modes, each geared toward a different experience level, and a Guided Edit mode with step-by-step tutorials. Other new features include a Quick Selection Tool for making fast edits to localized areas within an image, easier black-and-white conversions, and Photomerge technology, which combines bracketed images into one perfect shot—a nice tool for group photos. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

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