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In Focus: June 2013

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Packed with powerful professional features while still fitting in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix A has a 16.2-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and fixed ƒ/2.8 28mm equivalent lens providing highly detailed images. A manual-focus ring offers professional control. The camera shoots RAW files, at 4 fps for fast action stills, as well as full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. It comes with WiFi accessibility with an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant sharing ability or wireless triggering from your smartphone. There's also a full-sized hot-shoe port, which is compatible with other Nikon accessories already in your bag, such as Speedlights. Available in black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Lighten up your camera bag by letting your phone take over some of the duties of your wireless trigger system with the Satechi BT Smart Trigger. In Regular Shot mode, it utilizes Bluetooth technology for your iOS or Android phone to effortlessly become an intuitive wireless remote. Manual Shot mode gives long exposure and timed shot options, while Time Shot mode turns your phone into an intervalometer for advanced time-lapse photos and videos. Bluetooth 4.0 reaches up to 50 feet in range. Battery life lasts 10 years. Estimated Street Price: $45. Contact: Satechi, www.satechi.net.

Viewing a small LCD screen on a bright sunny day is often futile, but the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II with 3.0x Magnification helps make the LCD screen viewable, making clear focus and accurate exposure obtainable. In Magnification Mode, a 3x magnification is provided to view details and ensure focus. The viewfinder loupe attaches to the camera with a mounting plate and fits on most DSLRs with a 3-inch LCD. The rubber eyecup may be rotated for either right- or left-eye-dominant shooting. Estimated Street Price: $120. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

Positioned in an area of rich color, culture and art, Leica has added the new Leica Store Miami in the thriving Coral Gables shopping district along the Miracle Mile. The 2,200-square-foot showroom will display products such as the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith, as well as showcase photography displays. This store joins the current Leica Store DC and Leica Store SoHo. Leica reports they will continue to grow in 2013 by opening additional Leica store locations in North America. Contact: Visit leicastoremiami.com for event information.
A versatile, travel-friendly support that gets you low to the ground, the Induro 75mm DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set keeps you shooting sharp photos. The aluminum-alloy tripod has a 75mm bowl and half-ball adapters to support up to 165 pounds of equipment. The tripod braces work close to the ground on uneven surfaces with two-section extensions and three steps of variable angle adjustment on each leg. The rubber feet pivot and include reinforced mounting holes for added stability. The Hi-Hat folds compactly for both travel and storage. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Induro, www.indurogear.com.

Shooting with a mirrorless camera's smaller grip is now more comfortable and secure with the Ultra Light Hand Band by BosStrap. Meant to wrap around your four fingers instead of your wrist, the band fully adjusts to fit small bare hands or large gloved hands, and features a double-lock safety sleeve so it stays in place. The 3⁄8-inch-wide strap only attaches to the camera strap lug, leaving the tripod socket free and giving easy access to battery and memory card slots. Estimated Street Price: $11. Contact: BosStrap, www.BosStrap.com.


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