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Olympus has cranked up the performance levels of its professional camera lineup in the form of the Olympus E-5, a solid, magnesium-alloy FourThirds-format DSLR that can capture high-res stills (JPEG, RAW or JPEG+RAW) at up to 5 fps of continuous shooting as well as HD 720p video with PCM linear audio (mono on camera or stereo via 3.5mm output jack and optional stereo mic). 

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Lots of great new prosumer cameras have been announced recently, and if you thought you had settled on the one to buy, think again—it's time to add the new Canon PowerShot G12 to your short list. Had you decided to buy a Canon G11, but haven’t yet made the purchase? You're in luck, because Canon took the already fabulous G11, polished it just a bit and announced the new PowerShot G12.

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 I have been using Kata bags for a while now. To haul my lighting gear, I was using the Kata OC-88. However, I found that it wasn't quite long enough to fit light stands or a portable backdrop. So, my photographer-husband, Andy Dunaway, did some research and found a good fit for me - the Kata OC-97. It's long enough to fit two of my Manfrotto Stacker Light Stands, an Elinchrom Rotalux softbox, an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger pro set, some Lastolite Tri-grips, five Nikon SB-900's and more.

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School started last week in the New York area. That means lots of people, students and teachers alike, are in the market for new notebook computers. Fujitsu’s product lineup is so comprehensive, there’s a model that suits everyone’s needs. I’m going to go over some of Fujitsu’s lineup and, in the spirit of how kids are lined up in school—at least when I went—I’ll cover these portable computers in size order.

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When people start learning about wireless microphone systems, they're sometimes surprised to find out that multiple components are needed: a microphone, a transmitter and a receiver. Samson's AirLine 77 headworn systems have a small transmitter built into the headset, so it seems like there are only two components involved, instead of three.

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The Nikon D300s is an update of the company's popular D300 digital SLR camera, and like its predecessor, the D300s contains a self-cleaning 12.3MP DX-format CMOS sensor, a dynamic 51-point Multi-CAM3500 autofocus system and an EXPEED image processor.

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The new iPod shuffle, unlike its previous generation, once again has buttons. It combines the best features of all previous shuffles into this latest gem, and returns a nice touch of functionality by restoring manual controls .

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If you took the last generation iPod nano and sliced it cleanly in half with a laser, you’d wind up with one new iPod nano and one new iPod shuffle… or at least something that resembles them. The new Apple iPod nano is a screen with no click wheel—and the new iPod shuffle has buttons. 

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With its front- and back-firing cameras, improved Retina display, A4 processor and new OS, the new Apple iPod touch is like a futuristic science-fiction gadget that traveled back in time to the year 2010. It's got all of the desirable improvements found on the iPhone 4, without the commitment of a contract or the annoyance of a telephone.

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Imagine you're creating a soundtrack for a film or writing a new song and you've exhausted your collection of loops and software instruments. There's an emotion you're trying to evoke and your tools just aren't cutting it. 

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With manufacturers splitting their camcorders between ones sporting optical zoom lenses, memory card slots and removable batteries, and pocket models with digital zoom, internal memory and embedded batteries, Sony has expanded its choices in the latter category with the introduction of four Bloggie Touch cameras.

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When choosing a digital piano, as a basic rule I always lean toward companies that have a reputation for manufacturing great-sounding acoustic pianos. If you want big piano tone and feel in a lightweight keyboard, you're asking for a lot, but you may be in luck. 

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The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is a multi-talented camera for attaching to your computer screen. It captures 1080p video and 10MP still images, and it enables 720p online video chatting. High-quality stereo microphones flank a real Carl Zeiss autofocus lens.

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Most camera accessories do just that—they accessorize the camera. But some accessories define their intended products. Sony's FDA-SV1 Optical Viewfinder, designed for use with a Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 and a Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens, is such a product.

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D digital cameras can really suck up power, especially when shooting HD video. That’s why the Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery Pack is such a valuable accessory. The PowerBase 70 delivers six times more power than the original battery supplied with either of those cameras. 

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