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In Focus: April 2012

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Maximize your time and productivity when out in the field by using a fast, high-capacity memory card. The Lexar Professional CompactFlash lineup now includes a 1000x model that delivers minimum read speeds of 150 MB/s, accelerating your workflow while on location and when moving still and video files from the card to a computer for processing and editing. The cards come in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, and they support the VG-20 specification, which means the card has been tested to capture video at up to 20 MB/s with no dropped frames. Estimated Street Price: $169 to $899. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.

Sharing images these days often means emailing or posting them online, but for those occasions where only a print will do, pay attention to the paper you choose. The metallic film-based Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth High Gloss inkjet media delivers top-notch definition and extended tonal range. An instant dry-coated layer helps produce high-quality images whether they're printed with dye- or pigment-based inks. Establishing itself back in the conventional darkroom film and paper days, Ilford now offers media for the digital age under its Galerie Professional lineup, which includes Gold, Classic and Graphic in addition to Smooth. The paper is available in sizes of 8½x11 inches, A4, A3+ and 24-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Ilford, www.ilford.com.

For wildlife photography or unexpected photo opportunities that require you to grab the camera quickly, the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack features a side-entry compartment for speedy access. Three sizes are available, and each one has a cushioned lower section with adjustable compartments and holds a pro-sized or an HD video DSLR. The upper compartment is designed specifically for audio gear. It includes a headphone strap and a removable Custom Audio Utility Pouch for cables, cords and other extras. A Hideaway Tripod Mount on the side secures a tripod or a DSLR video rig. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $119. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

Sometimes a bulky DSLR just isn't practical for taking on a hike or a trip where bag space is limited. Although it's not quite as tiny as a pocket camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is a much lighter addition to your camera bag than a DSLR and it delivers top-notch performance. The 18.7x14mm, 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor is the largest that Canon has put in a PowerShot model. Other features include a fast ƒ/2.8 lens equivalent to 28-112mm in 35mm format, 1080p HD video recording in stereo sound and a 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD. You can record in 14-bit, RAW+JPEG mode, and the G1 X is compatible with Canon's Speedlite flashes. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

Hang prints that are fit for exhibiting at an art gallery with the Epson/Fujifilm Stylus Pro 7890 inkjet printer. It allows you to turn those landscapes into posters as large as 24x36 inches and banners that are up to 2x8 feet long. Epson UltraChrome inks produce long-lasting, high-quality prints, with a wide color gamut and rich, deep blacks. You can print on a wide range of media, including canvas, fine-art paper and board stock up to 1.5mm thick. When connected with Fujifilm's MS software, the printer corrects color, optimizes contrast and tone, and enhances image sharpness and texture. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Fujifilm, (877) 845-1608, www.fujifilm.com.


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