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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Path Finders


All-in-one watches that do more than tell time for photographers

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Casio PAW-1300
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300

All-In-One Watches
If you’re more familiar with your surroundings, there are watches available today that have digital compasses, atomic time-keeping and even solar power so you never have to recharge or replace a battery.

The Casio Pathfinder PAW1300 utilizes Tough Solar Power, which means it’s charged by the sun or light sources you can find inside your home. This Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping watch calibrates time for the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan six times per day, picked up by radio signal towers, so you never have to reset time.

HighGear Alterra
HighGear Alterra
The PAW1300 also has a digital compass with four direction pointers, a depth gauge, a barometer that indicates changes in the atmosphere, which predicts weather with accuracy because it takes readings every two hours, and a thermometer that checks the current temperature every five minutes. Estimated Street Price: $200.

For those who like to photograph or live in or around mountains, there’s the Highgear Alterra digital altimeter wristwatch. It’s an altimeter, barometer, compass, ski chrono, thermometer and a watch all in one. Each of these functions has features that will keep you ahead of any unexpected storm and help with your sense of direction. The digital altimeter has a working range of 2,303 to 30,058 feet and shows your rate of ascent and descent, and the barometer is a great tool to help you predict the weather. The thermometer allows you to check current temperatures, and the ski chrono shows your current and base altitude. Estimated Street Price: $170.

All of these GPS-enabled wristwatches track your routes and store them as data that later can be analyzed on a computer via a USB connection. You can mark where you’ve taken a great shot and navigate back there to shoot again.

An ideal tool for outdoor photographers, these all-in-one watches provide data in any sort of inclement weather or elements. They enable us to better predict and track our movements and help us get shots that may be impossible to get any other way.

Resources
Casio
(800) 634-1895
www.casio.com
Garmin
(800) 800-1020
www.garmin.com
Highgear
(888) 295-4949
www.highgear.com
Suunto
(800) 543-9124
www.suunto.com
Timex
(800) 448-4639
www.timex.com

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