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Escaping Media Glare

February 01, 2001

Those liquid crystal displays on devices such as digital cameras tend to be useless in bright sunlight. Fortunately, you can buy a little doodad that will shield the display from the sun and won't interfere with camera operations.

Hoodman Corp. in Hermosa Beach makes a staggering variety of hoods that will work with anything from a laptop computer to a digital video camera. Typically, the hood will fold flat. When it's needed, you simply slap a Velcro tab together and attach it to your device.

We've been using one with a Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera, and the results are fabulous. At $20, it's the cheapest accessory we've seen for this camera, and there's nothing out there that's more useful to an outdoor photographer. Check out the variety of hoods at http://www.hoodmanusa.com.

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