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FIRE UP THE
AUTOPILOT
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CAMERA WITH THE WORKS
Panasonic Lumix
DMC-TZ3
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Easy access to about
30 scene modes
Say what? Modes
like Sunset, Portrait,
and Fireworks automatically optimize light
sensitivity, flash, and
focus for that shot.
Number of scene modes 31
Zoom 10x optical
Light sensitivity Up to 1250
ISO equivalent
Megapixels 7.2
Price $350
Get it panasonic.com
Choose it over
50-plus scene
modes—90 percent of
them are useless, and
the cameras generally
cost more.
Shoot like a pro tip
Switch to Night mode
to snap great shots in
a dimly lit bar.
Essential wisdom
from Gina
Trapani, our
solutions expert
5.1 to 7.2 megapixels
Say what? These are
the millions of dots
that make up your pic.
Ways To...
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rock a road trip with
the girls this summer
Anything higher than
7.2. Unless you’re a
pro, it’s not worth the
extra money.
Gather intel
from truckers.
Nothing kills the mood like a fat
ticket. Spare yourself by logging on to the Bear Trap Guide
(beartraps.com) before you
hit the road. Written by and for
truckers, this site lists exits on
major interstates where radar
guns are most likely to lurk.
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Fuel up on the cheap.
Don’t let the pump screw
you. Enter your city and state at
gasbuddy.com for the addresses
of the lowest-priced stations
in town. To find one from the
road, text your city and state to
gas@fuelgo.com to get listings
on your cell in just minutes.
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Shoot like a pro tip
Splurge on a big
memory card—1 gig
($20 to $40) stores
300 high-resolution
images—so you can
click away without
having to worry about
running out of room.
it’s a snap
Everything you need
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to know to pick a
picture-perfect digicam
Let Honest Abe
check your tires.
Stick a penny into one of the
tire’s grooves, top of Lincoln’s
head first. If you can see “In
God We Trust,” your tire has
more slip than grip. Have a
mechanic replace it, pronto.
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blue-clad Best Buy salesmen
spewing technobabble and find
an easy-to-use, easy-to-stash,
affordable digital camera. We
combed the massive annual
Vegas-based photo trade show in
March, where thousands of new
cameras make their debuts, and
spotted a few prime specimens,
including the Panasonic Lumix
DMC-TZ3 (pictured; $350,
panasonic.com). To help you
find more models like it, we created this cheat sheet with fashion photographer Bill Streicher
and Mike Hodson, moderator
on thephotoforum.com. It lists
the features that will make your
pictures really pop—without
making your head spin.
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Cruise to your iPod.
Streaming a playlist
through your car radio (via an
FM transmitter that plugs into
your iPod) seems brilliant—until
static takes over lead vocals.
Fuzz isn’t a problem with the
new-generation Griffin iTrip
($50, griffintechnology.com).
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WOMEN’S HEALTH
JUNE 2007
LIGHT RIGHT
Spec to shoot for
least 5x optical zoom
Digital zoom, which
relies on an internal
computer to manipulate images and often
produces grainy pics.
An ISO equivalent of
at least 800
Say what? This
indicates how sensitive the camera’s
sensor is to light.
When the number is
low, the shutter has
to stay open longer,
making a blurry shot
more likely.
Choose it over ISO
equivalent under 800
Shoot like a pro tip
Shoot like a pro tip
To steady your shot,
lean against a tree
or a wall when you’re
photographing objects
from more than 100
feet away.
Flash zaps detail.
An 800 ISO camera
collects enough light
that you shouldn’t ever
need to turn on the
flash indoors.
Say what? This type
of zoom works like a
film camera. When
you press a button,
gizmos inside move to
capture the shot.
Choose it over
MISSION: BYPASS THOSE
Never get lost.
Text GOOGLE (466453)
with your location and destination separated by “to” (e.g.,
“Daytona to Miami”) and you’ll
get directions within minutes.
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AMANDA FRIEDMAN ( TR APANI )
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