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In Focus: October 2013

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As the newest addition to the Canon EOS line, the EOS 70D is an advanced step up from the entry-level DSLR still camera and an exciting venture into video shooting. The camera features a 20.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and its innovative dual-pixel CMOS AF system provides precise and smooth autofocus performance, enabling users to shoot video close to the quality of video shot with a camcorder. Quick action stills are captured with a 7 fps burst rate and a 19-point cross-type AF system. Low-light shooting is possible with the 100-12,800 ISO (25,600 extended). A built-in WiFi transmitter allows quick image sharing and wireless asset transfer from the camera to your smartphone or tablet using the free Canon EOS Remote App, along with full control and triggering of the 70D by the device. The 70D also includes creative options such as HDR, Multiple Exposure and Handheld Night Scene modes. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Linhof has kept the compactness of the original 3-Way Leveling Head in a new and improved design. The 3-Way Leveling Head II allows a stable tilt of more than 180º, even with heavy cameras weighing up to 17.6 pounds. A pa­noramic top plate is located above the tilt movement axis for panoramic photography. Spirit levels control three-way movement, and scales allow for precise control and resetting of individual adjustments. A base panoramic rotation defines camera positioning. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Linhof, www.linhof.com.

Packing enough fully charged batteries can feel like a losing battle. With the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit, you can recharge your DSLR batteries, laptop, phone, tablet or any other device that uses USB, 12V or AC power while on location. Simply plug in the device to the Goal Zero Yeti 150 the same way you plug in the device to the wall. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 has a battery life display and recharges via an AC wall port, 12V car charge or solar panel. List Price: $199 (Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator); $359 (with Nomad 13 Solar Panel); $324 (with Boulder 15 Solar Panel). Contact: Goal Zero, www.goalzero.com.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 16-megapixel MOS sensor mirrorless camera incorporates DSLR-like control in a lightweight package. With adjustment dials in the front and back, manual shooting feels similar to a DSLR. The 90º tiltable Live View Finder allows you to change your perspective, shooting from above or straight on, through the 2764K-dot, high-resolution, 16:9 wide screen providing 100% field of view. The Eye Sensor Auto Focus starts the AF mechanism as you look into the viewfinder. The in-camera stabilization system gives you stabilization with classic, non-stabilized lenses, and the camera can shoot up to 5 fps. The GX7 shoots HD 1920x1080 60p video in AVCHD and MP4 formats with stereo sound or in a 24p cinematic style. Silent Mode switches the shutter system from mechanical to electronic, ensuring camera noise won't ruin the moment in the field. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Panasonic, www.panasonic.com.

Quick access to your gear means you won't miss a shot. The rotation180º Professional by MindShift Gear keeps your camera and accessories easy to reach, with a rotating belt pack that moves seamlessly from its rear backpack position to the front of your body with one simple strap movement so you don't need to remove the entire pack. Mesh side pockets, a removable tripod sling and a waist belt rail for modular components keep all your additional tools stable and accessible. The hydrations reservoir pocket holds a 3-liter system. With fully adjustable shoulder straps and an internal aluminum frame with a memory foam back panel and air mesh channel, the pack stays comfortable on long days. List Price: $389. Contact: MindShift Gear, www.mindshiftgear.com.


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