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Giao N.
 

Digital Travel Photography


I'm traveling for 2 weeks with a digital camera (Sony Cybershot F-707). I take a lot of pictures and don't want to bring my laptop along to transfer files. I've heard that digital wallets are a good option for transfering files when traveling. Can you explain what this is and recommend some good brands compatible with a Sony memory stick? Also, any other names they may be known by, and where do you buy them? Thanks!


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10/5/2003 1:32:26 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Giao,

I don't know about the memory sticks, but I have the Sima Image Bank www.simacorp.com with a 20GB hard drive. This is the cheapest way to go, as far as I know, but it will not accept memory sticks, only CF and smart media cards. THese little boogers are tricky to use, so I would advise playing with one before you trust it with any important travel images. There are more sophisticated digital wallets made by Nexvue and others, but the prices are still pretty high - probably as much as your camera in some cases.

You might check Steve's Digicams for more ideas. www.stevesdigicams.com

I have fallen back to using my laptop - I trust it more than I do my Image Bank. You might opt to invest in more memory sticks - enough to last you throughout each travel day, then you can transfer all your images to your laptop back at the hotel each night instead of trying to carry the laptop around.


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10/6/2003 8:35:47 AM

 
Giao N.   Thank you. That link was so helpful. The Sima does seem to be the cheapest one, and it takes a memory card adaptor that you buy separately. I'm considering getting that one, so my question is what specifically about yours don't you like?

I'm backpacking and staying in hostels, so I'd really prefer not to bring my laptop along.


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10/7/2003 3:12:41 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Giao,

The thing I don't like is not knowing if my entire card has been transfered or not. There is no display to tell you when the hard drive is full, so you have to keep up with this yourself. It's a good idea to watch the thing while it uploads your card so you get an idea of how long it took. If it only takes a few seconds on a card you know was full of large files, then you probably didn't get the whole card. I upgraded from a 3Gig to a 20gb hard drive so I wouldn't have to worry about it. I never use that much space before I'm back to my laptop, but it is likely that you would while traveling and using only the Image Bank. I've never 'lost' an image that actually got uploaded, but I have reloaded cards after forgetting whether I'd loaded them already or getting two or three cards mixed up. This is not a tool I feel comfortable leaving alone to do it's job. At least on the Nexvues with screens, you can check that your images have indeed been loaded. Something to consider.


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10/7/2003 6:31:18 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Giao,

The thing I don't like is not knowing if my entire card has been transfered or not. There is no display to tell you when the hard drive is full, so you have to keep up with this yourself. It's a good idea to watch the thing while it uploads your card so you get an idea of how long it took. If it only takes a few seconds on a card you know was full of large files, then you probably didn't get the whole card. I upgraded from a 3Gig to a 20gb hard drive so I wouldn't have to worry about it. I never use that much space before I'm back to my laptop, but it is likely that you would while traveling and using only the Image Bank. I've never 'lost' an image that actually got uploaded, but I have reloaded cards after forgetting whether I'd loaded them already or getting two or three cards mixed up. This is not a tool I feel comfortable leaving alone to do it's job. At least on the Nexvues with screens, you can check that your images have indeed been loaded. Something to consider. Kind of like driving a car without a fuel gauge.


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10/7/2003 6:33:50 PM

 
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