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whereisliz

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Posted: 2003-10-21 18:01:00   

After traveling this past year with a digital camera, I will never go back to using film! But the joy of being able to take so many pictures is limited by how much memory you have.



There are a lot of different options on the market these days, with a new one appearing every week, it seems. The one I used on my last 4-month trip was called iDrive. For about $220 USD for 10GB it was a good deal compared to how much extra cards would have cost, but it had several drawbacks as well, and I'm looking for a better option.



What means are people out there using to store their photo files on long trips? How are people meeting the challenges of power supply, weight, reliability and capacity?



New this week is an attachment that allows for digital photo storage using an Apple iPod. I'd be interested to hear feedback about it, and any other devices or strategies people have tried.

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inzaghi


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Posted: 2003-10-23 07:28:00   

The X's Drive is very popular, at an unbeatable price of $180 for 30G.



http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=VP2060-30-K

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Posted: 2003-11-12 14:10:00   

On how many of these trips you take would it be possible to upload the pics?



I found on my 2001 trip to Australia it was even possible to connect my DV camera and upload small pieces of film...



I would think going to a internet cafe and uploading your photo's to webdrives is a good solution... Up till now however I never needed to use that...



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Maurice



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Posted: 2003-11-12 19:30:00   

I had assumed that it would be too impractical to upload photos to the web at internet cafes, considering the size and quantity of photos I take... I can fill a 256 MG memory card in a day, easily. I currently have 3 cards, so that means an average of two to three trips to the internet cafe to upload, and how long does it take to transfer that much data?



How much data do you normally transfer, and how long does it take you/ how much does it cost?

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Posted: 2003-11-12 19:38:00   

This just in: Yet another option for the prolific traveling photographer.



It's a device that allows you to burn your photos to CDs without a computer... just insert your memory card into the device, and presto! A CD with all your photos. At $229 USD retail, it's even decently affordable. I like this idea, because it means I can make 2 copies, and keep one and mail one for insurance. No searching high and low for an open internet cafe, either.



More here: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0311/03111002aleraphotocruiser.asp



This may be the answer I am looking for.

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Posted: 2004-01-18 14:23:00   

Moin!



For my trip to South America I took a normal camera with me and additionally my brand new small digital camera which fits into a pack of cigarettes which is advantegous in big cities. My experiences were:



It has been pure fun taking pictures with the small digital camera. I took four memory cards with a total of 1 GB with me. The cards are small and lightweight (115g!). Ok. The camera is so small, that it needs a proprietary rechargeable battery and I had to take a charger with me. It works for every voltage used on earth but it is weight and space. And you need a pricey spare battery. Hm. In Peru I asked in an internet cafe to install the Pentax driver and sent a picture from my camera home. They agreed but I guess that not every cafe does offer this service.



The normal camera is a old used Nikon. Together with a 28-200 lense I needed only one lense but carried 16 rolls of film and about 1.5kg of camera including the lense. The picture quality is usually very good, but with this lense you can't take pictures in rooms without flash and a 400 film minimum. Bad idea for inside buildings. For Galapagos the lense is the minimum you should take because the 3x optical zoom of the little digital one is very limited for nature.



Conclusion: As soon as 10+ Megapixel SLR cameras are affordable, I will change to pure digital photography. The weight is an issue and you have only one medium on which you store your data.



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Posted: 2004-01-19 15:24:00   

Hello!



I use the XS Drive II with 40Gb. I have found it very reliable, although there is no verify function and you cannot check to see how much disk space available. But it's USB2 and is much cheaper than similar devices. If in America, check out the "Tripper" which I think is cheaper and does the same, if not more.



You can charge it from the mains or the car and it is fairly compact too.



It copies about 4Gb before needing to be recharged.



Definitely recommended.



KR



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inzaghi


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Posted: 2004-01-20 17:33:00   

I concur with Dan about the X's II drive (60GB) which I used on my recent month long vacation in Europe. I was taking pictures and storing them on my Microdrive 1GB, transferring the pictures every evening. There was a fear of the pictures not transferring well, but it all came through without a single loss. I even shared the X's drive between 2 different digital cameras, and there was no problem with the file numbering system as the drive creates a subdirectory for every transfer initiated. I took 4469 pictures on the trip and that only came up to about 8.5GB.

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