In the annual Buyer’s Guide issue of Popular Photography & Imaging, on newsstands November 21, 25 winners of the best photography products available are announced. All of the P.O.P. (Photography’s Outstanding Product) award-winners have made a significant contribution to the advancement and enjoyment of photography in 2006. This group includes a variety of compact cameras, DSLRs (digital single-lens reflex camera), printers, software, scanners and lenses. All of the products will improve your chances of taking great pictures, make it easier to share photos, or provide a service that solves a critical photo-related problem. This list will educate you on the top photography products prior to your holiday shopping.

Some of the 2006 P.O.P. award-winners include:

  • Popular Photography & Imaging’s Camera of the Year: Sony Alpha 100 DSLR camera. This digital camera has excellent image quality, built-in image stabilization, innovative dynamic range controls and advanced features previously found in Konica Minolta cameras.
  • Sony Alpha 100 DSLR

  • Wide-Screen Wonder: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera. Any photographer using a big-screen TV to enjoy digital photos will appreciate the capabilities of the Lumix DMC-LX2. It captures images in a wide screen (16:9) ratio similar to that of most HD TVs, and it’s actually capable of recording HD video in two resolutions. This camera is just packed with top-end features including Mega OIS (Optical Image Stabilization.)
  • Lumix DMC-LX2

  • Dual Dynamo: Kodak EasyShare V705 dual lens digital camera. This innovative dual-lens (a23mm wide angle, plus a 39-117mm equivalent zoom, for a total 5x range), compact digital camera includes a gorgeous 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The V705 boosts resolution, overall image quality and video capture capability over previous models.
  • EasyShare V705

  • Dial and Shoot: Nokia N93 multimedia device. The Nokia N93 is the ultimate multimedia device that is comprised of a 3.2MP camera, stabilized VGA-resolution video capture, GSM cell phone, web browser, programmable computer, PDA and MP3 audio player/converter all in one.
  • Nokia N93

  • Software Synergy: Nikon Capture NX software. Although it’s made by Nikon, this software can be used by anyone who shoots digital images with any brand of camera. Its new tools make adjusting everything from color to contrast simple and fast, proving that image editing does not have to be that difficult.
  • Nikon Capture NX
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