Step into the world of D-SLR photography with the affordable, feature-rich K100D Super from Pentax. The 6.1-megapixel camera features several advanced technologies, including shake-reduction and dust-removal systems, an easy-to-use Mode Dial with Auto Picture for effortless photography and a 2.5-inch LCD with zoom capability. Its compact, lightweight body is designed for easy carrying and enhanced maneuverability. The K100D is fully compatible with Pentax SDM lenses and can be purchased with an 18-55mm lens. Estimated Street Price: $600 (with lens); $520 (body only). Contact: Pentax, www.pentax.com.
Take steady shots with the new Sigma 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS lens with optical stabilization. The lens uses two sensors that detect vertical and horizontal movement by moving an optical image-stabilizing lens group to compensate for camera shake. The system also picks up on and balances out camera movement. The 11:1 high-zoom-ratio lens has a minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and a maximum magnification of 1:5.3, making it ideal for taking close-up /images. Estimated Street Price: $820. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
Get a down-to-earth perspective with SLIK's PRO 780 DX tripod. You can get as low as 15 inches from the ground, thanks to adjustable leg angle locks and a center column consisting of two threaded pieces that unscrew to convert the top piece into a short column. The lightweight tripod is composed of an aluminum-magnesium-titanium alloy, making it sturdy enough to support a pro D-SLR with an attached 400mm ƒ/2.8 lens. The PRO 780 DX holds up to 15 pounds with a maximum height of 76 inches. An all-metal three-way pan head is included. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: THK Photo Products, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
Capture high-resolution pictures using the pocket-sized Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The 12.1-megapixel camera is just 3.7x2.3x0.8 inches and packed with features that include a CCD-shift image-stabilization mechanism, a 2.8-inch LCD and face-detection technology. The EX-Z1200 has a processing engine that increases ISO settings and shutter speeds to reduce blur in your /images. The camera also features a 3x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 37-111mm) and a movie mode with a camera shake compensation function. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Casio, (973) 361-5400, www.casio.com.