When you need to travel lighter, the Olympus SZ-30MR can capture 1080p HD video and 16-megapixel stills at the same time. The camera has a big 24x optical zoom lens that’s the equivalent of 25-600mm in 35mm format. The dual TruePic III+ image processor is what allows you to record in more than one mode and in multiple combinations. For example, you can record movies from a wide angle and up close, or in full HD and at a lower resolution, or unfiltered and filtered using one of the SZ-30MR’s eight Magic Filters. The backlit CMOS sensor lets you shoot in low light, and you can capture full-resolution images at 9 fps. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com.
The DIGIPOWER TC-55 digital camera travel charger works for all Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Kodak, Casio, Panasonic and Samsung models. IntelliCharge technology allows you to simply insert your camera battery into the slot and the TC-55 begins charging. It also works as a USB AC wall charger for cell phones and other mobile devices. It features 90-240 volts AC for worldwide use and comes with an adapter for use in Europe, as well as a flip-up plug. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Mizco International, (800) 266-4026, www.mizco.com.
For macro shooters, the Flashpoint O-Shape Twin Flash Bracket (FABO) consists of two C-shaped tracks that form an O for attaching two flash units as desired. The bracket is an ideal solution for producing light from multiple angles. The flash units can be placed vertically or horizontally depending on what the situation calls for. The length of the bottom bar is extendable for matching different lenses of varying lengths. Estimated Street Price: $26. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
BOOKS ’N SUCH
Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography by Jane Sievert and Jennifer Ridgeway (Patagonia Inc., 2010; ISBN: 978-0-97906-599-6). Half of the Patagonia catalog is devoted to displaying extraordinary photographs of wild places and active pursuits for which the company makes its clothes. This hardcover includes more than 100 of the most compelling photos Patagonia has published since 1980.
Digital Photographer’s Complete Guide to HD Video by Rob Sheppard and Michael Guncheon (Lark Books, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60059-699-5). From gear and shooting techniques to editing and outputting video files, this up-to-date guide fills you in on the basics of capturing video. Sheppard and Guncheon are longtime digital experts and contributors to HDVideoPro magazine.
Deadly Instinct by Melissa Farris (National Geographic, 2011; 978-1-42620-725-5). Showcasing extraordinary photography of predators and their prey, the book gives a breathtaking look at matters of life and death in the animal kingdom. In addition to the images, there are candid interviews with the renowned wildlife photographers who took them along with current information on the field of wildlife science.
The Art and Business of Photography by Susan Carr (Allworth Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-158115759-8). A professional photographer and former ASMP president, Carr delves into the realities of the photography industry. Topics include how to balance being an artist and a businessperson, the basics of copyright, pricing skills, how to find future opportunities, and the importance of craft and creativity.
The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity by Stephanie C. Roberts (Pixiq, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60059-923-1). This handy manual shows you how to make the most of your iPhone’s camera capabilities. Learn the basics of shooting, sharing and backing up your images, as well as what apps to load for the most creative results.