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In Focus: March 2012

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Audio can make or break a video, so you may want to consider upping how you record it to an external recorder instead of relying on your DSLR's limited capabilities. The Zoom H2n has five microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. With Mid-Side recording, sound is captured from directly in front of you by a Mid mic, and from the left and right by a Side mic. You can increase or decrease the level of the Side mic to control the width of the recording range. Recording in RAW allows you to adjust the range afterwards. List Price: $199. Contact: Samsung Technologies, (631) 784-2200, www.samsungtech.com.

Make your files accessible across all of your devices with the WD 2go Pro mobile app developed for the WD My Book Live. The NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive connects to your wireless router via Ethernet, creating shared storage that's accessible wherever you're online. With the app, this includes Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. You can download and automatically sync files from your phone or tablet, as well as email, print, open and share links of them with third-party apps. A 4-digit passcode adds an extra layer of security by locking mobile access to the My Book Drive. Estimated Street Price: $3 (WD 2go Pro); Starts at $149 (My Book Live). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.

Turn your photos into elegant-looking greeting cards for all occasions with Miller's Signature Letterpress. Combining letterpress technology with press printing, the cards give your photos a classic, yet contemporary look. Design options include eight drag-and-drop templates and a variety of color choices. The 5x7-inch cards are printed on 100% premium cotton paper. List Price: Available upon request. Contact: Miller's, (800) 835-0603, www.millerslab.com.

Depending on the season, working outside often can mean you'll get wet. Protect your camera, while continuing to shoot, using the Petrol Transparent Rain Cover, which is tailored specifically for DSLR cameras with up to a 70-200mm lens and an on-camera light attached. The cover has a rigid front hood section with a hot-shoe connector that stabilizes it on the camera. A 6-inch polypropylene track on top of the hood lets you add an on-camera light or wireless receiver. The cover is made of transparent polyurethane and black waterproof nylon with easy access to camera controls. It weighs about 14 ounces. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.

Arca-Swiss has designed some useful tools for Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 shooters. The NEX Kit has a mini L-bracket and a shoe for attaching an optical finder. The NEX L-bracket is fully adaptable with the monoball Fix and monoball Classic quick-release systems and allows you to quickly switch between landscape and portrait positioning. The bracket also provides more secure handling when shooting handheld. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Arca-Swiss International, P.O. Box 28450, Tempe, AZ 85285, (480) 755-3364, www.precisioncameraworks.com.


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