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Disc Steno CP100


Apacer

Categories: Reviews: Equipment : Digital Accessories

The Apacer Disc Steno CP-100 is a portable, battery-operated, multi-session CompactDisc recorder. Its main use is to transfer image files or other data from flash memory cards to CD-R or CD-R/W discs without a computer. This eliminates the need to buy multiple flash memory cards when vacationing or working out in the field and allows you to leave your laptop at home. The Disc Steno is an excellent tool for anyone that wants a simple way to archive their digital images on inexpensive and transportable CD media.


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Average Rating: 5 out of 5

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Steven Butterworth

member since: 8/24/2004
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I have the Apacer Disc Steno CP200 and use it with 256MB cards. I take the Steno with me and mostly copy to disc every day. So on a recent trip each day's day trips or beach shots go to CD.

Yes it is limited to CD-ROM or RW and 700MB, but I am not sure I would want to have a 1GB card and keep that in the camera until full, before I did my security backup!

One thing is very easy to do is to lose the EXIF info!!!!! All you have to do is take photos and connect camera to PC, edit the pictures in Photoshop and save the edits. No more EXIF.

The Apacer therefore gives you security of saving the original untouched photos inclusive EXIF data to a CD-ROM (I prefer that medium to RW) - which cannot be altered.

It also plays DVD's on a TV and quite acceptable quality too, at least I have had no problems.

It also acts as a reader in OS X, Linux and Windows without problems.

Its a case of being a digital photographer, you need one of these!

Everything man-made has compromises of one sort or another the Apacer included. On balance it comes in the VERY useful, I would almost say essential bracket.

9/5/2004 12:25:48 AM
 
Phillip A. Flusche
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member since: 9/17/2003
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Rating: 5 out of 5
The Apacer Disc Steno is a battery/AC tranformer operated portable CD Burner. It has ports on the side to plug in all major camera memory cards directly. Then all you do is push either the REC or REC /check buttons. All pictures on the inserted card are then burned to a CD/R or RW. Each new card's pictures are then burned on the CD in a new folder. If the CD is full a red light blinks prompting you to insert a new blank CD. Battery life is advertised as 2 hours. I full 128 meg card takes about 2 minutes using the REC function. The REC /Check takes much longer due the error checking, about 4 minutes as I recall. I have recorded photos using both buttons and it worked flawlessly with no errors using REC only. I like it because it creates a permanent copy of everything I shoot thus ensuring that I will never mess up an original. I recently went to Italy and shot away all day and then downloded my cards in the evening and then erased all the cards and started fresh each day. The AC power supply accepts 110V to 240V and so can be used anywhere in the world with only a wall adaptor. To me this is the perfect solution for extended travel. It is much lighter than a lap top and is much less expensive than a portable hard drive device. It is also smaller than a lap top and lighter. The only downside is that there is no LCD desiplay to look at the pictures. But to see them all you need to do is find a computer with a CD drive such as at an Internet Cafe. One downside is that the storage on a CD is limited to 700Megs. It will not extend downlods over several CDs. So one GIG cards that are filled up will not be acceptable due to overfiling the CD. I would suggest using several 128 or 256 cards. Go to www.steves-digicams.com for a more thorough review. The review is located in the "Accessory Reviews" area under "image Storage Devices". The price is around $300, but can be less at discounters.
10/19/2003 11:34:53 AM
 

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