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Damage control

ONCE you have your iPad Air or mini in Pelican's ProGear Vault case, you can be sure it's safe from most any damage.

This includes protections from drops, bangs, water or weather thanks to its rubber seals and aircraft-grade aluminum.

Inside the folio-styled case, your iPad is enclosed by an elastomeric copolymer rubber to absorb the impact when it falls or hits a hard surface.

The case is rated IP54 for water resistance and momentary immersion and meets Military Specification Test Standards 810G to survive a 1.2-metre drop.

The case is a hard plastic, for which I can honestly say Pelican is famous. You might think with all this protection it is like carrying around a five-kilogram weight, but that's far from the case.

It weighs just over half a kilogram, which does not add much weight to the existing tablet considering what the case will do for you.

There is a setup required; you must remove a few screws (tool included) to install your iPad and then screw them back in for proper installation.

Once installed you'll still have full access to all your buttons and ports, and the case can even stand on its own on flat surfaces.

It's available in black and grey along with a mixture of white, orange and magenta.

Details: $99.95 for the Air, $79.95 for the mini version;

Holding the bag

THE Booq Mirrorless is the latest addition to the Python collection of storage solutions for photographers.

When you have the bag in your hands you can see it's well-made, with strong material and craftsmanship. The exterior is a durable 1680-denier ballistic nylon treated with a water-repelling coating.

A shoulder strap lets you carry it (obviously over your shoulder) or just tuck the strap away in the back pouch and carry it with the topside hand strap.

While it's designed and named for a mirrorless camera, it will support and hold whatever you can put in it. I tried it with a standard SLR, mid-range zoom, flash and a few other accessories, which all fit just fine.

It has four zippered pockets and a front slide-in pouch. The main compartment has Velcro dividers so you can adjust it specifically to your camera equipment.

One of the side zippered pockets has a key holder with a quick release and stretchable dividers.

A great -- and unusual -- feature is an ID plate embedded with a unique serial number in the front pouch. Once you register it at, you'll be able to get it back in the event you have lost it and someone finds it.

Without that ID system, you'll essentially have no chance of getting it back if it's lost.

Details: $80;

Sic this Dawg on them

I'M not sure how much the Top Dawg DashCam will help out in contesting a red light ticket but I'm guessing it would be a great help if someone runs a light and rams into you.

I'll get to the camera performance, but here are some of the specs. Video is recorded in AVI formats 848 x 480 @ 15fps or 1280 x 720 @ 30fps, while JPGs are 2592 x 1944.

An 8GB SD card is included but you can use your own up to 32GB. The camera has an angle of view of 120-degrees, there's a built-in microphone, USB 2.0 connection, 560mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery (up to five hours) and a 2.0 MPX CMOS sensor with night vision.

That's a whole lot crammed into this camera, and it performs well considering what is asked from it and what it's designed for. If you expect great HD quality images to show on your 80-inch flat-screen TV, this isn't for you. But if you want a solid dash cam then this is your guy.

Included with the camera is a mount, battery, RCA cable and a 12V cable (to plug into the cigarette lighter).

Details: $55 on Amazon;

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2014 ??65524

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