The Goods

Wi Not?

$500, street ■ You don't do most of your shooting with a camera phone, yet that's usually your only option for uploading images on the go. Sure, Wi-Fi on a real camera is nothing new, but uploading images this easily is—the 10.1MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 connects wirelessly to public hotspots and other (secure or unsecure) networks through an embedded web browser. HOT: Free AT&T Wi-Fi public hotspot access until 2012, touchscreen, 100-shot burst mode (at 0.62 second intervals), 4GB of internal memory, and lots of extras such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, painting tools, and an anti-blink function. NOT: Average-quality, standard-def video.

Shaking with Excitement

$800, estimated street ■ Belt or suspenders—why not both? If you're a Pentax or Sony shooter with sensor-based image stabilization, you can now opt for lens-based IS, which lets you see the steadying effect as you shoot. Sigma's 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens has a Hybrid Optical Stabilizer and comes with mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony DSLRs. HOT: High magnification (1:3.4) and the broadest zoom range (13.8X) available with optical stabilization. NOT: We'll get back to you when we test it in the Pop Photo Lab.

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$45, estimated street ■ If you're shooting indoor portraits (especially at weddings), a flash modifier to soften shadows and even out light is a must-have. The LumiQuest Quik Bounce will do double duty, letting you completely diffuse your flash or bounce a portion of it. HOT: Doors open to allow for 80-percent ceiling bounce and 20-percent fill light, or close when you can't bounce the light, and it works in both vertical and horizontal orientations. NOT: You might not like the self-adhesive Velcro attachment, in which case you'll need the LumiQuest Cinch Strap ($7, street).

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