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September/October 2013

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
September/October 2013


The Pentax K-500 offers full DSLR features in a light body. With a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the K-500 has a low-light ISO sensitivity of 51,200. The 11-sensor autofocus system and Pentax's Shake Reduction system aid in delivering precisely sharp images. It shoots a quick 6 fps, ideal for capturing sports action. There's also full 1080 HD video capability. While the K-500 may use an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it's conveniently powered by four AAs, giving you flexibility when recharging is impossible. Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 lens). Contact: Pentax,


Perfect to pair with your GoPro HERO, the Steadicam Smoothee by Tiffen eliminates unwanted shake associated with handheld shooting, allowing you to focus on capturing the story in front of you. The quick-release mount makes it easy to switch between the Smoothee and a tripod for shot variability. The 8.0x14.5x2.5-inch rig is small and light, effortlessly fitting into your kit. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Tiffen,


Designed to hold a DSLR with an attached zoom lens, several additional lenses, flash and accessories, you carry the Tamrac Velocity 7Z Compact Sling Pack comfortably on your back like a backpack and slide it to the front of your body to easily access your gear. The padded strap distributes weight evenly and the zippered Quick Flip Top opens away from the body, making access convenient and secure. A foam-padded sleeve is onboard to keep your iPad safe. The accessory pocket features the Tamrac Memory and Battery Management System that uses flags to identify full memory cards, along with pockets for filters, lens caps and mobile phones, keeping all your gear in close reach. Estimated Street Price: $90. Contact: Tamrac,


Loaded with a range of basic to artistic adjustments, the Snapseed app for iOS and Android allows you to fine-tune your images with selective adjustments to specific areas of the photo and make overall adjustments with the addition of multiple filters, with extra control to decide just how much "Grunge" or "Vintage" you want to add. The "compare" button lets you see your new version versus the original, and the "share" button sends your creation directly to your social networks. Free. Contact: Nik Software,

SmugMug recently acquired the successful Android app SmugFolio and has rebranded and updated the app as SmugMug for Android. The app now allows users to upload photos and videos to unlimited galleries and access them even while offline. Upload your photos with geolocation and detailed photo info as you shoot and share your photo URLs with other Android apps. There's also a Read Only mode to avoid accidental edits. For new SmugMug users, sign up through the app and receive 25% off for your first year. Free. Contact: Google Play,

Camera Noir for iOS is a simple app for capturing and sharing monochrome images. Choose between the low-, mid- or high-contrast filters and simply tap on the screen to adjust the focus and exposure. A level line aids in getting the horizon straight. Square crop lines show you composition so you can plan in advance for Instagram crops, then share directly to Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Estimated Street Price: $1.99. Contact: Pacific Helm,

Edit portraits on your iPhone with the Facetune app. Basic tools include teeth whitening, skin treatments for blemish and wrinkle removal, and red-eye correction. Facetune also includes more advanced tools for facial remodeling, hair treatments, and custom filters and effects. Once you retouch your portraits, they can be instantly shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr. Estimated Street Price: $2.99. Contact: Lightricks,

The PhotoCal With Events app integrates your photos and calendar, making your images easy to locate by date with an intuitive graphic display. Instead of scrolling through a photo album to find a birthday photo, quickly flip to the date in the calendar. The app automatically transfers images to the calendar when the image is taken, so you don't need to worry about updating. PhotoCal works with all iPhone supported calendars, including MobileMe, iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange and CalDAV, and tracks tasks, appointments, multiple calendars and photo groups. Available now for iPhone, with an Android version expected soon. Estimated Street Price: $2.99. Contact: YunaSoft,
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