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Nice Grip

UJIFILMíS FinePix HS10 is one of the most comfortable digital cameras you can hold in your hand. The front right-hand grip is recessed so that your fingers bend around it for a steady hold. That makes it easy to walk around with it, even without the strap, assured that it wonít easily slip from your snug grasp. (But itís always wise to attach the strap to the camera and around your neck.)

Another wonderful quality is its zoom lens making it, as Fujifilm claims, the worldís smallest digital camera with a 30x optical zoom lens. Rotate manually the zoom ring from a wide 24mm to a tantalizing 720mm. Itís F2.8 wide and F5.6 telephoto.

FinePix HS10This 10 mega pixel camera takes four AA alkaline, lithium or rechargeable Ni-MH batteries plus an SD or SDHC memory card by Fujifilm or SanDisk and youíre good to go to shoot stills and movies.

ISO ranges from 100 to 6400. The size of the LCD monitor is a generous 3 inches. The monitor flips out, up and down so you can shoot every which way, especially over the heads of crowds.

The mode dial has, besides Auto, Scene Recognition, Aperture and Shutter priority, a Panorama choice. This allows for capturing a sweeping panorama while shooting instead of creating one later with your editing software on the computer.

The printed ownerís manual is more helpful than most other camera manuals Iíve seen. Not only does it explain the various operations of the HS10, which are numerous, but the booklet also delves into various photo tips and advice. Camera priced at $599.99.

Photo: Products_: FinePix HS10

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The Short Stuff UmbrellaTravel Gear

AGELLANíS sends out a catalog every couple of months touting their latest products they deem essential for the road warrior. The latest array of items includes the smallest umbrella Iíve ever seen. Itís only 5.5 inches long folded, so it fits in your pocket or handbag. Youíll always be prepared in case of a sudden shower. The Short Stuff Umbrella is pegged at $24.85 at www.magellans.com.


Coolibar Favorite ShirtCoolibar Favorite Shirt keeps you safe from sunburn as you browse outdoors. The trifold collar keeps the rays off your neck, the vents in the sides keep you cool, and the 50+UPF construction protects you over all. This lightweight, quick drying nylon shirt is a favorite of the women on dedicated sightseeing tours. $69.85.


Eagle Creek Cloudstream Collection

Eagle Creek Cloudstream Collection of stylish luggage is a favorite of everybody. These Rolling Uprights come with two-way lockable zippers, an extras expansion zipper to give you an extra 2 inches of space, and inner straps to keep everything in place. Two outside pockets are provided. The large wheels allow for easy pulling. This is one of best suitcases Iíve seen. The 22" Rolling Upright is $199; 25" is $224; 28" is $249.

Seawalk Sandals

Seawalk Sandals promise a breath of fresh air for your feet. The textured foam footbed and rubber soles make walking a delight. The adjustable Velcro closures make for a comfortable fit. They come in Pewter, Black patent and Stone colors. $75.

Electronics Case

Electronics Case is perfect to stow away your gear and accessories. Adjustable protective dividers let you pack items in their separate places. Put adaptors and cords in the secure zippered pocket in the lid. Thatís a nice touch. Made of nylon. Check the catalog online for more of Magellanís Stow-Aways to organize the contents of your suitcase. Electronics Case is $19.85.

RetractaSafeRetractaSafe is one of many locks available at Magellanís. This one allows you to loop a 36-inch stainless steel retractable cable from the handles of your luggage, skis, helmet, camera or other gear and lock it on any permanent fixture. The cable is slashproof so your property is well protected. Lock it with the four digital combination. Available in red or smoke colors. $18.95.

Personalized Luggage StrapPersonalized Luggage Strap doesnít replace ID tags but is the ideal way to easily and quickly spot your luggage on the carousel or at pickup point. You can personalize the strap with your name or any phrase up to 22 characters. Magellanís will imprint your choice of words on a yellow 2-inch wide strap. Other straps available in solid colors of red and blue. The strap wraps around the suitcase and adjusts from 37 to 65 inches. $20.85.

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Must HavesSONY NWZ-W252 Walkman

ONY NWZ-W252 Walkman
allows you to listen to music hands-free and
cord-free as it eliminates ambient noise. This MP3 Player floats over the back of your head for a comfortable fit. With the USB cable you can recharge the built-in Li-ion battery in 3 minutes for a 1.5 hour quick charge. Full charge carries you for 11 hours. Drag and drop your music selections from iTunes or Internet Explorer. Itís a pleasure to work out with intensity with these noise-canceling and moisture resistant earbuds. $59.95 at

iPad Defender Series CaseOTTERBOX, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a leading manufacturer of product protectors. Thereís an Otter Box for every handheld device. The iPad Defender Series Case is made with three layers of hardcore protection. When stowing away it away for the night, or when youíre on the move, remove the rear polycarbonate cover and snap it on the front for touch screen protection. A built-in stand makes for convenient viewing for watching a movie. $89.50 at www.otterbox.com. The iPad Defender Series Case, at $64.95, is made to slide easily out of your bag or purse.

iPhone 4 Defender Series CaseiPhone 4 Defender Series Case, like all OtterBox cases, protects from abuse and bumps, but not against water, so if it rains close it up in the Otter Box and open your umbrella. The polycarbonate shell is made of high-impact, shatter-resistant material. The holster style clip on the back allows you to wear if on your belt. Worried about signal drops? OtterBox engineers have found that the Defender Series case acts as a dielectric between the two antennas to prevent loss of signal strength. $49.95.

PANDIGITAL PHOTO/SLIDE/NEGATIVE CONVERTERPANDIGITAL PHOTO/SLIDE/NEGATIVE CONVERTER is a neat little one-touch gadget that allows you to take all those old slides and pictures out of your shoebox and digitize them. Insert them into this little machine and scan your photos (up to 4x6 inches), unmounted slides and 35mm negatives at 300 dpi resolution to an SD card. Transfer these jpeg files to your PC and store them or print them. Put your slippers back into that shoebox. Quite a useful item for $99.99 at www.pandigital.net.

LOGITECH PERFORMANCE MOUSE MXLOGITECH PERFORMANCE MOUSE MX is ergonomically designed to fit your right hand like a silken glove, with controls under your thumb. Fly through long documents or click line by line. Jump between web pages or open windows, and zoom in or out of photos and maps. Itís a joy to roll with it anywhere, even on glass surfaces where other optical and standard laser mice donít tread. The tiny wireless receiver stays in your notebookís USB; you donít have to unplug it. It allows you to add a wireless keyboard or number pad through the included Unifying software CD. Recharge the mouse by plugging it into your computer or a wall outlet. A nice zippered leather case holds the two charging cables and power supply. Buy for $99.99 at www.logitech.com.

APC BATTERY BACKUP ES 750APC BATTERY BACKUP ES 750 also assures surge protection for your computer. If you donít have a battery backup, this is the one to get to secure your data and equipment during power outages. Of five models this is the top of the line, providing the most battery backup (70minutes) in case of power failure. With an extended power outage the included software saves your files and shuts down your computer. Peace of mind! There are ten power outlets: five battery and surge protection and five surge protection only. An indicator will light up if battery needs to be connected or replaced. Be safe not sorry so get it for $99.99 at www.apc.com.

MOTORMOUSEMOTORMOUSE, inspired by the Porsche 911, is a unique conversation starter. This wirelss mouse has a trunk that actually opens. Yo9u wouldnít expect anything less in a Porsche, would you? You can store batteries and the 2.4 GHz USB receiver in it. It even comes equipped with chrome alloy wheels and rubber tires. Includes two AAA batteries. You donít get that in a Porsche. Available for $49.95 at www.motormouse.us.com.


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