With 12-bit hardware calibration, 1920 x 1200 resolution and a 6 ms response time, the EIZO ColorEdge CG241W LCD monitor is ideal for displaying stills and playing back high-definition video. The 24.1-inch widescreen features a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m², an 850:1 contrast ratio, and horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178 degrees. The LCD panel reproduces 96 percent of the Adobe RGB color space, displaying most colors of an image taken in that mode, and also covering CMYK color spaces used for printing. Estimated Street Price: $2,459. Contact: EIZO, (914) 347-3300, www.eizo.com.
To meet growing storage needs, the new Serial ATA 3.5-inch F1 Series external hard disk drive from Samsung delivers 1 TB of capacity. Optimized electronics and power-saving modes reduce how much energy the drive uses, dispersing heat. NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies lower the noise and vibration coming from the drive. Additional features include a 7200 rpm spin speed and a 32 MB cache, and it's optimized for RAID applications. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.
ONE-STOP POWER SOURCE
Charge all of your electronic devices with the Planon Universal Mobile Charger. Use the 3.8-ounce charger with your digital cameras, iPods, cell phones, MP3 players and more. A mini-USB port and four additional connectors help keep everything up and running. Estimated Street Price: $70. Contact: Planon System Solutions, www.planon.com.
Make lab-quality prints at home with the HP Photosmart D7460. The printer uses HP's bright, six-color Vivera ink technology, helping your photos resist fading for generations. Edit, save, print and share functions are easy to use and access with a 3.5-inch touchscreen. A 4x6-inch color photo prints in as fast as 22 seconds. Other features include built-in wireless capability and Ethernet for printing and sharing photos from network-enabled notebooks and PCs, built-in memory card slots and an automatic red-eye removal button. Estimated Street Price: $179. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
EXTREME ND A new line of neutral-density filters by Heliopan is designed to better meet the needs of digital photographers. The filters come in one-stop increments of densities from 1.2 to 3.0, giving you more control. Available in standard 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 strengths as well, the filters are offered in all sizes up to a 105mm screw-in, along with Rollei Bayonet I, II, III and IV, and Hasselblad Bay 60. Hasselblad Bay 50 can be used with standard densities of 0.3 to 0.9. The multicoated versions feature a top coat on the front that repels dust and moisture to help keep the filter clean. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
High-storage capacity meets portability in new hard drives that make it easy to take your valuable files wherever you roam. The Mercury On-The-Go 200 GB portable hard drive from Other World Computing features a 7200 rpm spin speed for processing files quickly, is compatible with nearly all digital cameras, camcorders and computers, and fits in your palm. It's designed with USB 2.0, FireWire 800/400 and eSATA interfaces and comes with software to make backing up files easy. The Trekstor DataStation pocket t.ub portable storage drive has a capacity of 250 GB and has a one-touch backup feature for easy transport and daily backup of large files. It's just 5.2x3x0.7 inches and weighs nine ounces. Estimated Street Price: $360 (Mercury); $250 (Trekstor). Contact: Other World Computing, (800) 275-4576, www.otherworldcomputing.com; Trekstor, (888) 8-TrekStor, www.trekstor.us.
MINI MEMORY CARD
Get all of the power of a Secure Digital High-Capacity card in mini format with Transcend's 4 GB miniSDHC card. With the supplied adapter, the card can be used as a standard SDHC card, meeting the high-volume capacities of today's digital cameras. With a write speed of 4 MBps, the card offers an optimal method of managing large, high-resolution files. SDHC cards only work in devices that are compatible with this format. Estimated Street Price: $55. Contact: Transcend, (714) 921-2000, www.transcendusa.com.
Books 'N Such
Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) by Dave Smith (The Mountaineers Books, 2006; ISBN: 1-59485-028-3). Learn key information about bear behavior and biology to help you avoid unexpected run-ins with black bears and grizzlies.
Digital Camcorder: A User's Guide by Peter Wells (The Crowood Press, 2006; ISBN: 1-86126-811-4). In addition to providing general expert instruction on how to produce pro-looking video, Wells covers techniques that can be applied to specific projects such as weddings and vacations. Other topics include equipment and accessories, types of shots, sound recording and lighting, and creative and special effects.
Photoshop CS3 Essential Skills by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-52064-3). Master the latest version of Adobe Photoshop with this guide, focusing on all of the key skills you need to produce top-notch images. Retouching photographs, creating makeovers, adding special effects, developing an efficient workflow
and more are covered.
Hands-On Digital Photography: A Step-by-Step Course in Camera Controls, Software Techniques, and Successful Imaging by George Schaub (Amphoto Books, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-8174-3491-5). Schaub takes a practical, project-based approach to explaining standard camera functions and how to use them to take great shots. Examples illustrated with before-and-after comparisons are given along with practical exercises.
Block Island: Rhode Island's Jewel by Martha Ball and Malcolm Greenaway (Commonwealth Editions, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-933212-41-8). This large-format book showcases a collection of 80 photographs taken on the island starting in the 1970s.
Timpanogos by Willie Holdman (www.willieholdman.com, 2007; ISBN: 0-9743347-0-7). More than 220 beautiful, color photographs showing Utah's Mount Timpanogos fill the pages of this 11x13-inch coffee-table book. Holdman's images show the mountain range during all times of the year.