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In Focus: April 2013


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GPS + 8 MP CAMERA
Garmin has announced the Oregon 600/600t and 650/650t touch-screen handheld GPS devices with built-in, 8-megapixel AF digital cameras (the "t" models come with preloaded TOPO maps) that automatically geotag images as you shoot, making location scouting and recording notes easy. High-sensitivity WAAS/GLONASS-enabled GPS, a barometric altimeter and a 3-axis electronic compass provide precise locations; when using GLONASS satellites, locking on is 20% quicker than when using GPS. You can operate the touch screen with many types of gloves. The 650 series come with a rechargeable NiMH battery (optional with the 600 series); both also can operate on two AA cells. Estimated Street Price: $399 (600); $479 (600t or 650); $549 (650t). Contact: Garmin, www.garmin.com.

DIGITAL PHOTO MAGAZINE BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CONTEST
Do you have some great black-and-white images? Enter them in Digital Photo Magazine's inaugural Black & White Photo Contest. Prizes include a camera, an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 inkjet printer, gift certificates from Roberts Camera, a one-year Zinio digital subscription to DP Magazine, your image showcased in a special multispread feature in the August 2013 issue of Digital Photo and published in the DP online Winners' Gallery. To enter, go to www.dpmag.com/blackandwhite.
HASSELBLAD RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS
Hasselblad is noted for medium-format cameras, but has done a large thing for endangered African rhinoceroses. The company has established—via Hasselblad Chairman and CEO Dr. Larry Hansen (who also founded the still ongoing Carl Zeiss Tiger Conservation Award in India 14 years ago), and in conjunction with Ms. Xiaoyang Yu, founding partner of China New Enterprise Investment—the annual Rhino Conservation Awards to raise awareness of what's being done in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa and recognize those who make a significant contribution. Awards are presented in five categories: Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Judicial System & Policing, Best Media & Journalism, Best NGO, and Best Technology Invention/ Application. Contact: Hasselblad, www.hasselblad.com.

WATERPROOF HIKING SHOE
When hiking to those perfect photo spots, it's essential to have appropriate footwear. The Merrell Phoenix Trek Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe combines comfort with "hike-ability," with a waterproof membrane to keep feet dry and a flexible sole that feels broken in the first time you wear it. A breathable mesh lining treated with Aegis adds comfort, while a bellows tongue keeps debris out. Available in men's sizes 7-15. Estimated Street Price: $120. Contact: Merrell, (800) 288-3124, www.merrell.com.

ONONE PERFECT STANDARD EDITIONS
Four onOne Software Perfect image-editing programs are now available as standalone Standard editions. Perfect B&W converts color images to black-and-white and provides presets and tools to control tone, contrast and moiré. Perfect Effects 4 provides instant-click and paint-on photo effects, with a library of 295 effects you can browse and preview on your images. Perfect Mask 5.2 makes it easy to remove and replace backgrounds, select subjects and isolate backgrounds. Perfect Portrait 2 makes portrait retouching fast and easy. The four programs are available for Mac and Windows by download only. Estimated Street Price: $29 each. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

ECOSEE DRY BAGS
SealLine's EcoSee clear dry bags keep your gear dry and let you see what's in the bag. Extra-tough urethane provides good abrasion resistance and cold-weather performance, along with light weight. It's 100% PVC-free, good from an environmental standpoint. A Dry Seal top closure provides an effective seal. You can use the bag alone, put your camera bag in it for protection from the elements or put the bag inside your camera bag. Estimated Street Price: $12-$42 (depending on size). Contact: Cascade Designs, (206) 505-9500, www.cascadedesigns.com.

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