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Gear: Don't Forget to Pack the Camera

Whether you have artistic aspirations or are a total klutz, we've got the camera for your next vacation.
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Signs of spring are popping up all over, which means it's time to put a few tasks on hold while you visit the destinations that have been on your tourist to-do list for far too long. Whether you take a cruise, go sightseeing, or just lounge on the beach, these new cameras and other devices will help you document your downtime. Later, when memories of those lazy evenings sipping margaritas begin to fade, at least you'll have photographic evidence that you were, in fact, relaxed at one point.

For the serious hobbyist If you want to shoot like a pro, the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi is a great start. This 12.2-megapixel digital SLR produces accurate colors in nearly all lighting conditions. Unlike previous models, which required you to use the viewfinder, it lets you preview your shot on the camera's large 3-inch LCD. The 18- to 55-mm zoom lens has an image stabilizer to counteract camera shaking. $899, usa.canon.com

For the Flickr addict Want to share your snapshots? No need to get out the cables. The Eye-Fi Card, a 2-gigabyte SD memory card with built-in Wi-Fi, can post photos to the Web right from your camera. Pop in the card and it uses your home Wi-Fi network to upload images to up to 20 websites, including Flickr, Shutterfly, and Facebook. It can beam photos to your PC, too. $99, eye.fi

For the sightseer With a wide-angle 28-mm lens and a 10X optical zoom, the Panasonic DMC-TZ5 is a pocket camera that lets you capture the majesty of the Grand Canyon without having to back up a mile. Plus, at about 8 ounces, the 9.1-megapixel camera lightens your load, because you can leave your camcorder at home: It also records high-definition video. $350, panasonic.com

For the light traveler Many cell phones have built-in cameras, but the Nokia N82 is one of the first that can snap printworthy images indoors and out. Its 5-megapixel camera uses high-quality Carl Zeiss optics and a xenon flash. The N82 also records smooth video at a respectable 30 frames per second. Plus, the phone has built-in GPS, so you can get directions to your next photo op. $549, nokiausa.com

For the showoff What's convenient about digital frames: displaying hundreds of snapshots without cluttering your end table. What's not always so convenient: loading the images onto the frame. Kodak's EasyShare EX1011 simplifies the process. The 10-inch frame includes a memory card reader and built-in Wi-Fi, so you can wirelessly send photos to the device from your PC or from the Kodak Gallery website. The frame, which has 128 megabytes of memory, comes with a remote. $249, kodak.com

For the butterfingered If you're a diver, a rafter, a water park enthusiast, or just a klutz, the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW belongs in your knapsack. Not only is this 10-megapixel camera waterproof down to 33 feet, but its rugged metal exterior can withstand a fall from 6 feet. A wide-angle lens with a 3.6X optical zoom allows you to capture underwater scenery as well as panoramic shots. $399, olympusamerica.com

For the impatient You don't have to wait until after your vacation to ogle your prints. At about 7 inches wide and 3 inches thick, Sony's DPP-FP95 portable printer is small enough to slip into your carryon. And it works without a computer. Hook up your camera or drop in a memory card and it will crank out 4- by 6-inch prints and postcards. You can make basic edits and touchups on the printer's 3.6-inch LCD before you print. $200, sonystyle.com




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