I know it’s late, and the economy is still in the “room for improvement” mode, but I figured I’d take my chances with the jolly fella in the red suit.
I’ll cut to the chase. Here’s my wish list:
•Nikon Coolpix S100pj
The “pj” part of the camera’s name stands for “projector,” as this is the first point-and-shoot with a built-in way to shoot-and-show. Yep, this camera projects its images onto walls or ceilings. I haven’t tested it, but what I’ve seen online assured me this will be a great companion on vacations.
•Nikon D90 Digital SLR
The decision on which camera to enter the digital single-lens reflex world with isn’t easy, as Nikon has many good choices. Canon does, too, but I stick with Nikon because of my arsenal of lenses that will work on the 21st century bodies. The D90 shoots 12.3 megapixel still photos and also captures high-definition video. It’s got many of features I relied on in my photojournalism film-shooting days, including a 4.5 frames-per-second mode.
Price: $1,050 with 18-105mm lens.
It’s radio for the 21st century, using a Wi-Fi network to connect to more than 16,000 Internet radio stations, including more than 800 National Public Radio stations and services such as Pandora Radio. There are no subscription fees and you don’t need a computer to make it work. The receiver may also be added as a component to your music system.
Price: $152 to $172.
•15-inch MacBook Pro: 2.53 gigahertz
It’s time for an upgrade, and this new aluminum unibody powerhouse has what I need. The included 4GB of memory will suit me fine, but upgrade the hard drive to the 500GB option, as pictures and videos from my new cameras will take up a lot of space.
Price (with upgrade): $1,849
And Santa, tell anyone who asks you which computer to buy to watch the videos on the Apple site. Not everyone knows that today’s Macs can run the Windows operating system, too. Have them start here: (http://www.apple.com/mac/).
•Power Monkey Explorer Solar Charger
Because sometimes an outlet isn’t available, and because I live in the land of 300-plus days of sunshine, this charger will help ensure my devices are always juiced. The power cell stores up to 96 hours of reserve energy for phones, cameras and most electronic devices. It’s waterproof, too!
Price: $150, although I found it for $110 on the company Web site as a holiday special.
Thanks, The Online Guy.
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