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High-End Pros Create Photo Fun at PMA
via Knight Ridder

SNAP SHOTS: Digital still cameras are moving into the high-definition age. Sony's 8-megapixel W100 ($350) and 7-megapixel W70 ($300) have an "HD image" recording option for 1,920-by-1,080-resolution photos, sure to look super on your new, high-def TV.

For slick in-camera replays of your favorite snapshots, Nikon is including a slide show creator called Pictmotion in two new S-series models. The software produces special graphic transitions between images and scores the show with preloaded music files or your own music, transfered from a Windows PC.

Both the S5 ($349) and S6 ($449) are six-megapixel models; the latter also boasts wireless (Wi-Fi) image transfer and a 3-inch screen.

This year, bargain hunters will find six-megapixel image capture and other high-end features even in models selling for $200. Canon's latest A-Series Power Shot cameras feature a panoramic, 16:9 setting, while Kodak's C643 and the Nikon L2 have a slick, VGA/30 frames per second movie mode. To hit this price point, the makers skip on the rechargeable batteries, running the show instead on disposable AA cells.

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