Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tablets The Ultimate Travel Companion
The iPad and other tablet computers are essential accessories for photographers on the go
The Motorola Xoom is currently tops when it comes to screen resolution, with a 10.1-inch screen and 1280x800-pixel resolution. The 32 GB tablet sports a 2-megapixel front and a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, 720p HD video and dual-core processing for better performance. Available as a download from the Android app marketplace, the tablet is Adobe Flash-compatible, and an optional Motorola Wireless Keyboard with shortcut keys takes you directly to popular Android apps running on the Xoom. List Price: Begins at $599 (Xoom); $69 (wireless keyboard).
Second in popularity only to the iPad, Samsung's 7-inch 16 GB Galaxy tablet is waif-sized at less than half an inch in thickness and weighing less than a pound, not to mention its conservative length of only 7.5 inches. The tablet runs Android 2.2, and an application tray houses frequently used applications and features for fast access. Other features include 720p video capture and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Available soon, Samsung also has announced the larger 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v with a 1280x800-pixel screen, a huge 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and a 2-megapixel front camera with 1080p HD video capture. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $349 (Galaxy Tab WiFi).
|MEMORY CARD MOBILITY|
|Eye-Fi's new Mobile X2 SDHC card is ideal for remote locations. For use with SDHC-compatible cameras, the Mobile X2 lets you stream JPEG images and videos directly from your camera to tablets, iPhones and Android devices. By setting up your card on your tablet or computer, you enable Direct Mode, where you can set up preferred settings for transferring images from great distances through WiFi connections. Eye-Fi provides a private Eye-Fi View account for sharing and immediate backup of images, accessible through the installed Eye-Fi app for iOS or Android, or you can use any of close to 50 popular photography sites, including Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.
Another exciting feature is the Endless Memory mode, which automatically frees space once files have been transferred so you can continue shooting even after the card has reached capacity. The card includes 8 GB of capacity, Class 6 read and write times, and fast 802.11n WiFi networking. The new Direct Mode is also available as a free upgrade for currently available Eye-Fi cards. For photographers wishing to upload RAW files, Eye-Fi's Pro X2 card offers the same features, as well as RAW compatibility. List Price: $79 (Mobile X2 8 GB); $149 (Pro X2 8 GB).
Contact: Eye-Fi, www.eye.fi.
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