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Need Advice for best Digital Photo Storage Devices

by sierra56 / April 5, 2005 2:40 AM PDT

Hey All
I recently purchased a Sony DSC-W1R digital camera. I'm going to Cancun in a couple of months for 10 days and want to make sure I am able to take as many photos as I want while I am there. I just ordered a 512mb Memory Stick on eBay but don't think that will be enough.

So...I would like to find out how I can transfer the photos off the memory stick or camera daily onto a storage device with Gigabytes of storage. Do I need to purchase a device specifically for my Memory Stick or for Digital photos or can I just get any sort of portable storage device such as a portable hard drive? I have a usb port on the camera. Perhaps I need to check my camera directions? Does anyone have experience with this? Advice on the best way for storing digital photos until I can get them onto my PC at home?

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Spotting 512's for 50 bucks so...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 2:46 AM PDT

Two of those are cheaper than any system I'v seen without the headache of where is that thing.


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Try this.
by Kiddpeat / April 5, 2005 8:13 AM PDT
and add the hard drive of your choice.

If you are anything like me, a 1gig card can fill up in one morning, although I am shooting in raw mode. It's nice to know I can download in the field, and keep shooting.
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by sierra56 / April 6, 2005 1:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this.

Hey All
Thanks a bunch for taking the time to give me your input! I think I am going to go with the Vosonic line. Looks like what I am looking for.....
THANKS AGAIN to all of you!!!

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 2:06 AM PDT

I have the Vosonic, but for the dollar, you can get a few 512MB cards... which don't require batteries.


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Memory Sticks
by sierra56 / April 6, 2005 1:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Just sharing.

Actually I bought a 512 stick for about $60 on eBay. Four of them would be $240 to give me 2Gb storage. I have found that I can get a Vosonic and a 40Gb hard drive for around $160 total. Seems to me the best way to go. But thanks for your input!

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PS: I also use my unit as a portable hard drive. You can't
by Kiddpeat / April 6, 2005 2:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Memory Sticks

do that very easily with memory sticks.

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by jump1127 / April 7, 2005 1:34 AM PDT

X-drive Super or Epson P2000 are some alternatives. You can view the pictures, eqipped with USB 2.0, multiple card readers, and built-in rechargable lithium ion battery. I did test them, very reliable and nice. You can store the pictures from 40 MB upto 80 MB. Take a look at for more information of Epson P2000.

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Epson P-2000
by sierra56 / April 7, 2005 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Well.

Pretty cool! Out of my budget, time being. Vosonic has a storage device where you can view the pics also. Good thing about the Epson is it comes with a 40 Gig HD....but base price is about $500. Think I will wait until the price drops but I would LOVE to have one!!!!! This website takes you directly to a review of the toy.

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Vosonic with viewing
by sierra56 / April 7, 2005 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Well.

Here's the website for Vosonic's models:

Their 6210 can be had on eBay for around $230 without a hard drive.

The 6300 is around $400 on eBay and comes with a 20Gig drive.


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by ocean1492 / April 9, 2005 3:53 AM PDT

I just purchased the X-Drive on Yahoo for just such a purpose. I wanted to avoid buying memory cards. It stores the photos of a single copy session in a separate file by date. The X-Drive can be purchased with 10 GB up to 80 GB, I think, and takes all memory cards. It is portable and comes with a carrying case (quite small). I also purchased a cord to charge the battery through a car cigarette lighter and got a device for free to charge the X-Box in the field using regular batteries.

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Buy the Digibin!!
by ewillems / April 10, 2005 1:28 PM PDT

I had the same question. I bought the Digibin. Very portable (you can put it in your backpack. 80Gb. The one I bought has a CompactCard reader, but assume you can buy an adapter to put in your Sony card.

Only weak point: the battery is really lousy. It doesn't last long (though it takes you through the day...)


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