Digital still cameras + External HDDs

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by daniel d, Oct 19, 2003.

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    daniel d Guest

    hi all,

    I was thinking of going on a holiday after my final set of exams.

    I was interested in getting a digital camera when it occurred to me
    that the standard 128MB will not be enough storage space.

    I do not own a laptop or an iPod or Zen or any other portable storage
    unit.

    I was wondering if I got one of these external Maxtor HDDs would I be
    able to trasfer the data from the digital camera to it via the USB
    port without a PC?

    If not how would you suggest I get the data stored onto a medium that
    can store large amounts of data?

    I suppose there would be stores that can copy the memory stick
    contents onto a CD but this would be costly and if I did it often it
    would seem smarter to find another solution that I can reuse for
    something else down the track.

    Any comments/suggestions appreciated.

    thanks
     
    daniel d, Oct 19, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    Where are you going on hols?

    If hong Kong or Singapore, I'd wait till you get there and buy a Jukebox
    Zen...

    Thing is you need a rudimentary processor and file system to xfer the files,
    so a bare external HDD just can't do it. Possibly a 2nd-hand creative
    jukebox would be a good way to go, but it's a bit of a lottery and you don't
    really want one with a slow USB 1.0 connection.

    I would recommend getting a 512MB mem card but then i read the words "memory
    stick". Ouch, you poor thing. Still, if you look around there are some
    imitation brand mem sticks (I've seen them at Jaycar electronics) for not
    too much more than CF cards. This would almost certainly be cheaper than an
    external HDD storage device, and if you still need more storage, just delete
    the crappiest photos ;)


    Adam F
     
    Adam F, Oct 20, 2003
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    Derek Guest

    Derek, Oct 20, 2003
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    ChrisMc Guest

    Have you priced it these days ?? ... A short walk in Sydney CBD will
    yield numerous places to do it. Dunno the cost, but their 5second
    wait digital printing is cheap
     
    ChrisMc, Oct 20, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    The new Sony takes CF like most cameras.
     
    Miro, Oct 20, 2003
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    Giorgis Guest

    Have you gone traveling and taking photos ? I can tell you you don't
    want to bother looking through 400 hotos in one day. It takes longer to
    delete a photo then it does to take it.

    You also don't want to run arround printing fotos or putting them on CD.
    And in my travels I did not find that many places, and they charges
    sometimes stupid amouns of money. Some tried to excuse it as if they are
    "developing" your foto to CD, and charged per foto!! I guess some clueless
    tourists may accept it.

    The Xdrive was an increadable liberator. I braught back over 5000 fotos
    from a three month trip. To add to that, when I took a foto I would take
    another and then some just in case I got the first wrong.


    G
     
    Giorgis, Oct 20, 2003
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    tim sewell Guest

    Hi Daniel,

    This question was asked recently on another forum, and the answer that
    satisfied me was basically
    "No. As far as any PC is concerned, your camera is merely another form of
    drive. You cannot transfer data from one drive to another without some form
    of intermediate software to organise the transfer, and hence you need a PC .
    Imagine trying to copy data from your floppy drive to your hard drive before
    you have installed an operating system on your computer."

    HTH
    Tim S.
     
    tim sewell, Oct 20, 2003
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    John Guest

    which camera?
     
    John, Oct 20, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    Actually i have but i only took 32mb of mem, and ~100 photos in 3 months
    reason? most of my photos were done on film

    I know what you mean though, looking through them on the camera is indeed a
    PITA. You have to delete the crap as soon as you've taken it i guess ;)


    Adam F
     
    Adam F, Oct 21, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    F828
     
    Miro, Oct 21, 2003
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    Gurrie Guest

    Can always go to a photo lab and get the contents burnt to a CD?
     
    Gurrie, Oct 21, 2003
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