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In Focus: August 2010

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Position your DSLR just the way you want quickly and easily using the lightweight Giottos MH5011 three-way pan/tilt fluid-effect head. Features include a built-in, safety-lock quick-release system with a 1/4-inch camera screw on the quick-release camera plate, four bubble levels and large-diameter rubber control handles. The MH5011 weighs 0.82 pounds, yet is capable of supporting up to 8.8 pounds. Height is 4.2 inches and the base is equipped with a 3⁄8-inch threaded mounting hole for easily connecting with most tripods. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
With messenger, zoom, shoulder, sling and backpack styles to choose from, the Vanguard UP-Rise series of camera bags offers a lot of versatility. Capable of growing in size to accommodate changing lens and gear needs, the bags expand with one easy zipper motion and shrink back down when the extra room is no longer necessary. The messenger bags feature interchangeable use as a camera or work bag. They hold a laptop and have customizable interiors with thick padding. The slings allow quick access with their Quick Zip back and side access points. Estimated Street Price: $49 to $149. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
Sometimes using an HD-capable DSLR to record video of your outdoor adventures isn’t practical. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a full HD camcorder that weighs 7.2 ounces and measures just 1.7 inches thick. On that slim body is a 35mm wide-angle lens with a video zoom function that enlarges the sensor area and makes focal lengths of 35-1050mm possible. In addition to the standard recording buttons, separate buttons for photo and video are located on the upper front part of the body for easily and comfortably capturing low-angle images. Other key specs include full 1920x1080 resolution, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, built-in stereo microphones and Digital Image Stabilizer technology. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Sanyo, us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras.
View your images in sharp detail on the NEC 27-inch MultiSync PA271W display. The high-definition monitor features a 10-bit p-IPS panel, 2560x1440 pixel resolution and internal 14-bit programmable 3-D lookup tables. When using the 10-bit DisplayPort input, the monitor can display 1.07 billion colors out of a palette of 4.3 trillion and provides the widest viewing angles possible with minimal off-angle color shift using XtraView+ technology. The new MultiProfiler application provides easy-to-use control over several features, including Picture Mode preset configuration, which utilizes the SpectraViewII Engine to allow multiple color modes to be quickly configured. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (866) NEC-MORE, www.necdisplay.com.
Designed for use in the field, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 hard drive delivers transfer rates of up to 110 MB/s, combining efficiency and durability. With a scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers and a shock-resistant rubber bumper, the drive can handle harsh outdoor environments. It’s also drop resistant up to 7.2 feet. If you don’t have a USB 3.0 connection, you can add one with a USB 3.0 PCIe card or USB 3.0 PCIe Express card. It’s backward-compatible with USB 2.0, meaning it will work with any computer or notebook that has a USB connection. The 2.5-inch drive comes with software for easy formatting and backup, plus 10 GB of online storage for a year. Estimated Street Price: $149 (500 GB). Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

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