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Later in the year I am planning to take a few weeks away from home and visit some places in Scotland. I am taking my camera and hopefully will be taking lots of pictures. I have a few (5gb) gigabytes of memory cards and will probably buy a few others before I go. I have though been wondering about getting something to transfer full cards onto so I can clear them and re use? Anyone got any advice on the best way to do this? At times I might not have options for electricity so do these devices work straight from the camera (via a usb cable?) to the portable device. Plan to take my Canon 50D and Canon Rebel Xti cameras.
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There are several portable storage devices which are available. As long as the units are fully charged you do not need electricity - you just put the CF card into the unit and download. Epson do nice units with excellent screens which you can use to view and display but these are quite expensive and can use up more battery life. Jobo also make portable storage devices and some without screens which are good value.
Have a look on the Warehouse Express website and you'll see plenty of portable drives.
I've a portable storage device myself, it's an Archos unit, however in all honesty, I've found it more cost effective and much more flexible just to buy extra CF cards. I use Dane-Elec 8Gb cards from 7DayShop, although the speed is only 133x, they're plenty fast enough for my needs and they only cost £29. Just an opinion of course.
I posed a similar question not so long ago. link
Im going to the Outer Hebridies in 2 weeks and will be taking a Samsung Net book for extra back up from my cards.
I also use a WD 500gb portable harddrive
As an update, I've just been on 7DayShop's website and they're now knocking out Kingston Elite Pro 133x 8GB CF cards at just £14.99, that's a steal if you ask me and as such I've just ordered a couple.....
Now you wait I bet some bugger will tell me where I can find em cheaper LOL
the cheepest portable storage device is approx £100 (80GB) so you could buy 12 x 8gb cards for that much cash.
I would buy the extra cards.
Many thanks all..... quite fancu the idea of a netbook and have made some enquiries with a friend who has one. I also belive the cheap price of cards cannot be ruled out either. Certainly some opttions to think about.
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