Sleek HD Shooter
Shoot high-definition video without tape or a disc on the Canon HG10, a camcorder with a 40 GB hard-disk drive. Compact in size, the HG10 records up to 15 hours of high-definition video and supports the new HD codec AVCHD. The crisp 10x zoom captures clear 1920 x 1080 resolution on a full HD CMOS image sensor. The miniSD card slot allows you to capture 3.1-megapixel stills, and a Photo Grab control takes 2-megapixel stills from your video footage. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD and an HDMI terminal for plugging the camcorder directly into your HDTV. Estimated Street Price: $1,100. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Back up while you’re out in the field with the Iomega Portable Drive Hi-Speed USB 2.0. The drive is about 5x3x0.5 inches, coming in 200 GB and 250 GB versions. Equipped with Drop Shock technology, the device also features professional backup and disaster-recovery software for added security. Estimated Street Price: $215 (250 GB); $168 (200 GB). Contact: Iomega, (888) 516-8467, www.iomega.com.
Get to your camera quickly when carrying it in one of Lowepro’s Cirrus TLZ top-loading bags. The comfortable shoulder bags are made from water- and abrasion-resistant fabric. Inside, brushed tricot lining protects LCD screens from scratches, and there's a built-in memory card pocket. The Cirrus TLZ 5 holds a compact digital camera or video camera. The Cirrus TLZ 15 protects a D-SLR with an attached lens, while the Cirrus TLZ 25 can house a D-SLR and short zoom. The TLZ 15 and 25 models have room for memory cards and other small accessories. List Price: $25 (TLZ 5); $30 (TLZ 15); $35 (TLZ 25). Contact: Lowepro,
(800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
With 16 GB of storage capacity, Panasonic’s latest Pro High Speed SDHC memory card is most suited for high-definition video shooters. Supporting the new AVCHD codec, it records about four hours of HD video in normal mode and two hours and 40 minutes of full 1920 x 1080i video in fine mode. The card has a fast data-transfer speed of 20 MBps—a nice feature if you want to minimize how many memory cards you take on the road. The card is also fast enough to put your D-SLR on continuous shooting without the buffer memory getting overworked. Estimated Street Price: $319. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Keep your memory cards safe, dry and in the same place using the Pelican Protector Memory Card Case. Holding up to 32 cards at a time, the case covers a wide range of types, including CF, SD/SDHC, xD and Memory Stick. Made from a polycarbonate shell, the case contains a silicon O-ring to keep water out. For added security, a strong latch with corrosion-resistant, nickel-plated brass pins keeps it shut even after accidental drops and hard knocks. List Price: $24. Contact: Pelican, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.
Try out tons of authentic camera, filter and darkroom techniques with your nature images using PhotoTools from onOne Software. More than 150 effects (250 in the pro version) are designed to reproduce filters like neutral density, color correction and polarization, along with alternative processes like solarization and cyanotype. You can simulate the look of different films with a range of grain and contrast effects. Stack multiple effects as you would with lens filters, and save those combinations for future application or batch-processing multiple images at once. List Price: $159 (standard); $259 (pro). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
For a classic look, print your colorful landscapes on Harman Professional Inkjet Gloss FB AL paper. A Baryta coating is applied to the fiber base of the paper before the emulsion layers. This process enhances details, tonal range and the archival properties of your images. Also applied is a nanoporous Alumina coating for more vibrant color photos and saturated black-and-whites. The paper is available in most popular sizes. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: Harman Photo, www.harman-inkjet.com.
Speed up the time you spend making image adjustments with a couple of new plug-ins from Digital Film Tools. Power Stroke 1.0 uses a simple, stroke-based interface that lets you isolate a specific area in a few brushstrokes and apply changes to only that region. Strokes can be assigned multiple corrections and effects. With Power Mask 1.0, you can cut out objects in real time. Even if it's as difficult as cutting out a reflection, as you paint along the edge of the object to be extracted, the program updates the mask or composite in real time. List Price: $120 (Power Stroke); $150 (Power Mask). Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, www.digitalfilmtools.com.