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Cool Gadgets for Summer Slideshows

Whatever you do this summer, naturally you’ll want to share it with your friends and family. To help you capture as many memories as possible, today we have a few gadget suggestions to help you capture even more great images for your summer slideshows.

Waterproof Gear
Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, enjoying the beach or simply playing with the sprinkler in the backyard, one thing is for sure…water and tech gadgets are arch-enemies! But have no fear; there are several waterproof solutions out there.

For your favorite point and shoot camera, check out the line of waterproof cases from My Aqua Case. For about $30 you get very solid protection that’s good for fresh and salt water use. They even float!

For your DSLR, consider the DicaPac WP-S10. At around $90, these packs can accommodate lenses up to 6 inches in length (a 24-70mm is about 5 inches). Plus, they offer easy access to all of your DSLR’s controls and even come with a built-in UV filter for improved under water image quality.

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If you’d rather not risk you favorite gear, there are also dozens of waterproof cameras on the market. Prices and features do vary, so here is a helpful article that compares some popular 2011 models.

Pocket Sized Video
If you love photo video fusion slideshows, consider carrying a pocket camcorder. Devices like the Kodak Playsport ZX5, or Panasonic HM-TA20 both record 1080p HD video, use standard SDHC memory cards, and offer dust, shock and water proofing. Compact and rugged, these are perfect for capturing video anywhere you go this summer

Unique items
For your Summer snorkeling or diving adventures, Liquid Image offers a new take on underwater photography. By integrating a camera into the diving mask, you can now record 720p HD video (or 5 megapixels stills) down to 130 feet!

For your most extreme summer adventures, you have to check out the GoPro product line. These specialty cameras capture 1080p video and are designed to be mounted to helmets, handlebars, surfboards and even to your chest or wrist. A whole new way to capture the summer fun from your own point of view.

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As a member of Photodex's events team, Dylan specializes in teaching pro photographers and slideshow hobbyists alike how to use ProShow in their business. He's an avid student of photography and enjoys Austin's eclectic mix of music, art and nature.