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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Gadget Bag: Time For A Tablet

Incredible high-resolution screens, an ever-growing number of photography apps and an undeniable cool factor make a tablet a must-have accessory for every nature photographer

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi 10.1-Inch Windows Tablet
Samsung 8 GB Galaxy Tab 2 7-Inch Tablet
Coming to market at a much lower price ($249) than its big brother, the Samsung 8 GB Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and includes a MicroSD slot for memory expansion. It also features front- and rear-facing cameras, a 1024x600 display and is optimized for Adobe Flash, Gmail and Google Maps.

Sony 32 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S
Equipped with a convenient full-sized SDHC memory card slot, the Sony Tablet S ($449) is the first PlayStation-certified tablet that provides out-of-the-box gaming with PlayStation titles and compatibility with classic PS1 and PSP games. It features a TruBlack 9.4-inch backlit display with 1280x800 resolution, front and rear cameras, and an ergonomic grip. Powered by an NVIDIA 1.0 GHz Tegra 250S Dual-Cortex A9 processor, the Tablet S includes 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage capacity. When you're not using the Tablet S to show off your digital images, you can select from more than two million book and magazine titles downloadable from Sony's Reader Store.

Toshiba 32 GB Excite 10 LE Tablet
Toshiba 32 GB Excite 10 LE Tablet
Adventurers, take note: The Toshiba Excite ($599) comes standard with an onboard group of sensors that includes an accelerometer, a compass and a GPS. Built on a Texas Instruments CPU (1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core Mobile), the Excite 10 runs Android 3.2. It features TI integrated graphics, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera with integrated microphone in front. It also has a MicroSD card slot, plus micro HDMI and USB ports. The capacitive multitouch 10.1-inch display delivers 1280x800 resolution.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi 10.1-Inch Windows Tablet
A major player in the computer display market, ViewSonic has adopted Android 3.2 OS (upgradeable to version 4.0 when available) and Windows 7 in the ViewPad ($815). It features an Intel Atom Z670 1.5 GHz Oak Trail CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB solid-state drive. The 10.1-inch multitouch screen supports 1280x800 graphics resolution, with a 1300:1 contrast ratio, a G-sensor and an ambient light sensor. It offers a full-sized SD card slot, front and rear cameras, and integrated microphone and speakers.

Lytro, Tablets And Thinking Differently

One of the ways tablets will help drive new thinking about photography can be seen in the Lytro light field camera. The Lytro camera allows you to alter the point of focus after you take the photograph, but that's not the coolest aspect of the technology. The camera can capture parallax to render a 3D image, and by linking with a tablet's internal accelerometer, you actually can get the effect of being immersed in a scene as you tilt the tablet from side to side. The experience is seamless and natural, and you don't have to tap or drag to see the effect. This is poised to change the way we think about and shoot photographs for tablet display.


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