HARD DRIVE CAMCORDER
A 3-CCD imaging device will have the video you record on the JVC Everio GZ-MG505 looking sharp and ready to share. Thanks to an internal 30 GB hard drive, you can shoot up to seven hours of MPEG-2 video or more than 10 hours of standard video footage and download it directly to your computer. This is JVC's latest offering in its G-series hard disk drive camcorder line that eliminates the need for tapes or discs. Weighing just more than a pound, the high-capacity cam is easy to add to your bag. List Price: $1,300. Contact: JVC, (800) 882-2345, www.jvc.com.
Whip your monitor's color display into shape using a calibration tool that works quickly. Pantone's Eye-One Display LT has a push-button feature that automatically senses ambient light and interacts with monitors to adjust brightness and contrast settings for optimal color clarity. You can create profiles for any ambient light condition for the best possible viewing of color-critical work. Eye-One Display 2 is the Pro version. List Price: $169 (LT); $249 (Pro). Contact: Pantone, (201) 935-5500, www.pantone.com.
Find your focus with the latest version of DxO Optics Pro software. Pro v4 includes a new color engine, offering a color rendition feature with multiple possibilities for images and a multipoint color balance tool. Among other new features, the Optics Engine is now capable of bringing three-dimensional objects that appear distorted by ultrawide angles back to the correct proportions. The software is faster, too, and it will be available as a Photoshop plug-in. The Pro v4 Windows public beta is available online now. List Price: TBD. Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.
National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Digital Black and White by Richard Olsenius (National Geographic, 2006; ISBN: 0-7922-4196-7). From using light to make black-and-white photos more dramatic to equipment and printing, learn how National Geographic photographers make their images stand out.