Does this gadget exist?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Richard Pattle, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. What I'd really like for Christmas this year is a portable storage (HD)
    device which can play mp3's etc (with headphones) and can also download,
    sort and display (thumbnailsize only) images from digital cameras and card
    readers, and upload them to computers.

    The nearest I've seen to this is the i-River h series, but that needs your
    camera to be USB 2 (mine isn't). Does the device I'm looking for exist, or
    is USB 2 a prerequisite to work in this way?

    TIA
     
    Richard Pattle, Oct 18, 2004
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    Mark Dunn, Oct 18, 2004
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    Bruce Murphy Guest

    If the rumours are true then the new ipods should fairly neatly fit into
    this category.

    B>
     
    Bruce Murphy, Oct 18, 2004
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    Sorry, that doesn't store.
     
    Mark Dunn, Oct 18, 2004
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    Faolan Guest

    In the new manuscript <cl0218$g7k$>, Richard
    Pattle penned the following script...

    There is a lot of 'media centres' coming on to the market, particularly
    on the run up to Xmas, Epson are bringing one out, Microsoft, I-River,
    Apple etc.

    USB 2 is backwards compatible it will just run at USB 1.1 speeds.

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0410/04101203epson_p2000.asp
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0303/03030217smartdiskflashtrax.asp

    Will you be shooting RAW? What type of memory cards do you have? Most of
    these Media Centres will support other cards with an accessory through
    it's standard CF slot.

    Flashtrax device, they've come down in price since these articles:

    http://www.edigitalphoto.com/storage/0309edp_smartdisk/
    http://www.digitalreview.ca/cams/Smartdisk.shtml

    As I said there is more coming out so keep an eye on the Tech websites,
    and the photography sites.
     
    Faolan, Oct 18, 2004
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    The screen seems to whack the price up a lot. There were plenty of players
    to a TV at Photokina, some promised at about £30.
     
    Mark Dunn, Oct 18, 2004
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    Faolan Guest

    It's not just the screen but the additional features, such as movie
    payback and image playback, essentially they are very specialised laptop
    in many aspects.

    They also have royalty fees to pay for the JPG format, MP3 format etc.

    He did specify he wanted to view images, and if the LCD display isn't up
    to scratch he can always use the TV if there is one available.

    Also this is a very new market, still developing. Hence the development
    costs also have to be met.
     
    Faolan, Oct 18, 2004
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Richard Pattle was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    USB 2 is backward compatible to USB 1.1, all you lose is the higher
    speed. I think the iRiver H-3xx series is probably your best bet at
    the moment, and they're pretty good music players as well.
     
    Timo Geusch, Oct 18, 2004
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  9. USB 2.0 is a standard that requires compatibility with
    480 mbits/s (Hi Speed USB 2.0)
    12 Mbits/s (USB 2.0 Full rate, called USB 1.1 in the olddays)
    4 Mbits/s (USB 2.0 xxx rate. Called USB 1.0 in the old days)

    So a device that is USB 1.0 is a fully compliant USB 2.0 device
    seen from the USB 2.0 point of view.
     
    Povl H. Pedersen, Oct 18, 2004
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    Andy Champ Guest


    Ummm... in this case which is the device and which the computer? IIRC
    USB2 can need more power, which is why the old laptop I aquired to be a
    firewall wouldn't work for me - it was USB1 & wouldn't drive the Alcatel
    Frog. (and yes, I have bought a real modem/firewall/router since)

    Andy
     
    Andy Champ, Oct 19, 2004
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  12. I think there is no guaranteed power supply in USB. That is
    why you will need a powere USB hub to connect power hungry devices.

    I have an iFeel optical mouse (with the shake feature) which eats
    so much power my Apple iBook refuses to power it.
     
    Povl H. Pedersen, Oct 20, 2004
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