We've said before on Uncrate that a camera is really only as good as its lens, and that lens won't do you much good if it's covered in smudges and dust. The Nikon Lens Pen Cleaning System ($8) is a simple, easy-to-use lens-cleaning system. One end holds a retractable brush that takes care of wiping any dust or debris away, while the other end polishes out
smudge marks. It's highly portable, and
will work on other optics as well — such
as binoculars and telescopes.
One of the biggest names in photography is back with their latest creation — the Leica Digilux 3 ($TBA, October). All-new from the ground up, the Digilux 3 is the first Digilux with interchangeable lenses, and it forms the basis for the new Leica D digital SLR system. The camera includes the Leica D Vario-Elmarit F/2.8-3.5/14-50 lens and a 7.5 megapixel LiveMos sensor that provides crisp, clean, sharp images. It also has both an optical viewfinder and a real-time preview on the LCD. We're pretty sure it is going to be expensive, but it should also be worth every penny.
Sony's new 10-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-N2 ($450; Oct. 2006) features an elegant champagne gold exterior, a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, and three-inch touch-screen LCD displays. The camera also sports a nifty photo album feature that lets you easily watch slide shows of your saved photos on a TV with music and transition effects. Every time you snap a picture, the DSC-N2 stores a full-resolution image on your
memory card and automatically resizes and
saves that same image in VGA resolution.