Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Shoot sharp, 18-megapixel stills and capture full 1080p HD video with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Standout features include 3.7 fps shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. Borrowing from Canon’s EOS 7D, the T2i’s sensor includes many of the same technologies used to reduce noise. For HD capture, the camera features 1920x1080 resolution, selectable frame rates up to 30 fps and a stereo microphone jack along with full manual exposure control. Estimated Street Price: $799 (body only). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Boost the sharpness of your wide-angle stills and video using a pair of new Nikon lenses. With a very fast aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED captures sharp images when shooting handheld in low light. Both FX- and DX-format shooters can take advantage of the dramatic perspectives offered by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees in DX format). The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm ƒ/4G ED VR is also nice in low light, with its Vibration Reduction II image stabilization for shooting up to four shutter speeds slower than would be possible otherwise. Estimated Street Price: $2,199 (24mm); $1,259 (16-35mm). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
MICRO FOUR THIRDS
Get the image quality of a DSLR without the bulky size using the Olympus E-PL1. The third-generation Micro Four Thirds PEN camera maintains interchangeable-lens capability while adding a pop-up flash and a direct HD video record button for easily toggling between taking stills and video. With in-body image stabilization, camera shake is compensated for no matter what lens is used, as well as when shooting in low light or without a tripod. Also new is the Live Guide, which lets you adjust color, tone, sharpness and more, and preview the results before taking the shot. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com.
Manage your images like a pro using Aperture 3, the latest installment of Apple’s powerful imaging application. Among the more than 200 new features are advanced versions of the Faces and Places tools first introduced in iPhoto ’09. With Faces, once a particular face is recognized, the function allows you to search your entire library or individual projects to find others like it. The Places feature enhances the use of GPS data by supporting GPS logs. Reverse geo-coding converts coordinates into familiar location names and then displays them on a map. Since its release, Apple has updated the program to improve overall stability and has added importing libraries from iPhoto, face-recognition processing and more. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.
INTERACTIVE PEN DISPLAY
Work more naturally with your images using the Wacom Cintiq 21UX pen display, which features a Grip Pen offering 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity for greater accuracy. The pen has a pressure-sensitive eraser and two side switches that can be customized for commands such as double-click and right-click. Other workflow improvements include rear-mounted Touch Strips that are placed at your fingertips for better access while working. Each Touch Strip has a thumb-controlled toggle button that controls up to four functions per application such as zoom, scroll, brush size and canvas rotation. Estimated Street Price: $1,999. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
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