With the advent of full frame D-SLRs a few years ago many pros and amateurs alike were excited to be able to go back to the familiar "35mm" perspective and focal lengths on their lenses. Long limited by technology to APS-C size (about 2/3 the size of 35mm) sensors digital was finally able to go toe to toe with film. But the initial cameras cost nearly $8,000, putting them out of the range of most photographers. But the newest crop of full frame models have brought the costs down to a fraction of that. So should you go back to full frame with your next camera purchase? We'll take a look at some of the models and pros and cons...
The Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro is a portable stereo loudspeaker dock for your iPod or iPhone that can be AC- or battery operated. You can use the 3.5mm auxiliary audio input to connect an iPod shuffle, iPad, CD player, or computer to enjoy the rich sound. When not plugged into an electrical outlet, the unit runs on eight C batteries. So, you can share your music anywhere.
Pandigital has a pair of products that push the limits of digital photo frames. One is an 8-inch frame with its own e-mail address that receives images via a cellular phone network, bypassing the need for a computer or a Wi-Fi setup.
Touch screens are great until they get touched by greasy fingers or inadvertently scratched by jewelry or a sharp object. If you've invested in an iPhone 4, the price of adding a layer of protection is almost negligible compared to the repair or replacement costs. One of the most popular protectors is the Zagg Invisible Shield, available in three different configurations for the Apple iPhone 4.
The NP Value Series from NEC is a line of attractively priced DLP projectors designed for computer or video use. Two of the three projectors are ready for 3D computer content and the top model contains an Ethernet port.
Archos, the long-time manufacturer of personal media players, has combined the three most popular activities of media consumption—listening to music, watching video and viewing photos—with a video/still camera and FM radio all in a pocket touch screen. You can save radio shows or use the internal mic for voice recording. There's even a built-in FM transmitter. And the Archos 3cam Vision is priced less than better-known media players.
As drivers increasingly use their car stereos to play their iPods rather than radio stations or CDs, enabling accessories are becoming ever more sophisticated. The Griffin Technology iTrip AutoPilot FM Transmitter is as sophisticated an enabler as they come.
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