Sharing photos using an iPad is becoming increasingly common so make sure your image library looks good on it with PADPORT. This presentation app lets you view video and stills side by side, pick custom splash and home screens with background images, create multiple portfolios, bulk-load images via iTunes file sharing and choose from multiple themes. You control the image order of each portfolio. All of your contact information can be included, and you can hide the user interface to block viewers from accessing your settings. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: PADPORT, www.padportapp.com; Apple, www.itunes.apple.com.
The Nivelo tripod from Vanguard helps you take clear images while keeping your camera bag from getting too bulky. It folds to 11.75 inches and weighs just 1.3 pounds. An open canopy lets you invert the Quick Fold Central Column, making the tripod a nice option for doing close-up photography. With a 360º rotating head and side-to-side tilting function, you can take smooth panoramas and shots from unique angles. Additional features include shock-absorbing contoured rubber feet and a bubble level. The Nivelo extends to 39.4 inches and supports 4.4 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
In case a technical glitch causes your DSLR to stop working, be prepared by taking along a tough and highly capable point-and-shoot as a backup. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is waterproof down to 40 feet, can survive a fall from up to about 6.6 feet and handles temperatures as cold as 14º F. The camera even has a built-in compass, barometer, altimeter and GPS for geotagging. With a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD and Venus Engine FHD processor, the TS3 takes 1920x1080p video and full-resolution consecutive stills at 3.7 fps. In 35mm format, the camera’s Leica DS Vario-Elmar lens zooms from 28-128mm. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
With bigger capacities and faster write speeds, memory cards continue to improve, especially for photographers who shoot HD video or rapid-fire stills. The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards come in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities and provide a minimum transfer speed of 20 MB/s. You can capture up to 48 hours of 1080p HD video and do sustained, rapid-fire still shooting. The Secure Digital Extended Capacity format has an official maximum capacity of 2 TB. The memory cards are only compatible with devices that support the SDXC format. Estimated Street Price: $399 (64 GB); $699 (128 GB). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
If you’re nostalgic for the photographic look of days gone by, Viva La Vintage from Kubota Image Tools lets you bring back some of those old effects. TenSixties is a cross-process-style look. Fine Tooth Comb is a paint-in sharpening tool for revealing micro details. Image Grunge delivers an old, worn paper look, and Bleachy Peachy Warm results in deep darkness and bleached whites with a touch of peach. The program has a total of 25 effects. Also new from Kubota is a program called Pow Wow!, which contains 24 image enhancements, including black-and-white, soft lighting and red toning. Estimated Street Price: $109 (each); $179 (bundle). Contact: Kubota Image Tools, www.kubotaimagetools.com.
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