Monday, October 8, 2007
New Tools Of The Trade
Compact HD Shooter
Add high-definition motion capture to your digital-imaging skill set using the Panasonic HDC-SX5 camcorder, which offers the added convenience of recording on SDHC/SD memory cards and DVDs. To deliver high-resolution images with vivid color, sharp detail and rich gradation, the camcorder uses a scaled-down version of Panasonic's proprietary 3CCD camera system, a feature found in its professional broadcast equipment. To reduce blurring, the Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer system uses gyro-sensors to detect hand shake, shift the lens and adjust the optical axis to compensate. The HDC-SX5 uses the AVCHD format to record full HD video with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Other features include a Leica Dicomar lens and an LCD with wide 170-degree viewing angles. It measures 3.3x3.7x5.9 inches and weighs just over a pound. Estimated Street Price: $899. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Panraven is an Internet-based, all-in-one service designed for viewing, editing and sharing digital content. Beyond providing standard image-management tools, the focus of the service is on storytelling, so there are a wide variety of themed templates, such as wedding and travel, for developing multimedia content that includes photos, video, text, graphics and more. Drag and drop your work into more than 20 different and customizable page layouts and then share with whomever you provide access. In addition to using your own work, more than 10,000 stock photos and more than 100 maps, illustrations and watercolors are available. You also can have your content professionally printed and bound for clients. Contact: Panraven, www.panraven.com.
Domke is bringing back its classic Tripod Trio bags, which are built to handle the bulkiest professional tripods. Made with a durable, water-resistant cotton canvas, the bags have a nonslip Gripper Strap that's adjustable and positioned to keep the tripod head up for easier transport and control. All models have double-pull zippers for easy access. They're available in 27-, 32- and 40-inch sizes, and come in black or olive. The 40-inch bag offers an inside pouch for detachable tripod head handles. With a rugged, lightweight design and material that can withstand the wear and tear of tough shoots, the bags offer ideal tripod protection. Estimated Street Price: $58 to $69. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
Optimize the color of your digital images with iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.5, a color-correction plug-in from PictoColor. The program's SmartColor approach is used to analyze a photo and set ideal correction parameters for that particular image. You can customize how SmartColor works by defining which controls it sets and turning off parts of it. You also can make hue-selective edits and automatically correct familiar memory colors, plus convert to black-and-white or sepia tone while controlling contrast and detail based on the colors in the original image. The program is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart filters. It also offers native support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macs. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: PictoColor, (952) 894-8890, www.pictocolor.com.