Monday, October 8, 2007
Back up your valuable image files securely with the Guardian MAXimus. The dual-drive RAID (redundant array of independent disks) solution continuously "mirrors" your data, writing two identical volumes to two separate drives. Status lights warn you if one drive fails, even as it continues to write data to the second. Once you slip in a new drive, the unit fully restores all of the data from the backup onto the replacement. Capacities range from 250 GB to 1 TB. Connectivity options include FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Estimated Street Price: $320 (250 GB); $1,050 (1 TB). Contact: Newer Technology, www.newertech.com.
Take on practically any subject with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ18, a feature-rich, compact camera packing a huge 18x zoom range from the 28-504mm (35mm equivalent) ƒ/2.8-4.2 Leica DC zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The 8.1-megapixel camera has the look of an SLR along with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, RAW capture and Intelligent Auto mode, a multifaceted tool that uses Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Continuous Autofocus functions to predict the mode that will best capture the scene. Other advanced features include an Intelligent Image Stabilization system and a Custom Setting Mode that memorizes frequent setting patterns. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Sturdy, Little Camera
Keep a camera on you at all times without weighing yourself down by using a compact shooter like the Olympus Stylus 790 SW. The 7.1-megapixel camera is shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof. It has a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment technology, 27 shooting modes, a movie mode and a TruePic III Image Processor for getting great photos even at a high ISO setting of 1600. Estimated Street Price: $300. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
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