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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey guys,

A friend of mine was telling me about something called a digital wallet that he uses to store his photos when he's travelling. He says it's worth getting because it saves all the hassle of uploading photos in internet cafes and burning onto cds.

Has anyone used one of these? Would you recommend one? Are they expensive?

Thanks for any info,

E;)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

Although it's a great concept (basically it's a harddisk with an easy interface to move the content of memorycards and similar to it, along with maybe a few fluff features like a screen to view the images or an mp3 player), I personally would never rely on it.

In four words: Single Point of Failure.

What if this thing gets stolen? What if you drop it? What if the harddisk just regularly fails? (Harddisks exist in two states: dead, or about to die. Never expect one to last you more than a year and a day (when warranty is a year), and if a harddisk lasts you more than three years, it's an honest to Bela miracle.)

If you take a lot of short trips (long weekend here, long weekend there), during which you shoot an amount of pictures larger than what would easily fit on two or three memory cards, but with the unexpected loss of those pictures being something you could easily shrug off - then it'd be worth it.
If you regularly wake up for sunrise or a sports match, and shoot 10 gigabyte of pictures in an hour for that event - absolutely get this! Move all images over from your 1GB compact flash card, and keep shooting. And then first thing when you get back, move them off the disk and burn them to DVD.

In all other cases, not storing on a solid state medium (CD, DVD, memory card) is very dangerous, and I recommend against one of these. Though of course, the real key is redundant backup, and having this in addition to something else would definitely be workable (if expensive).

The price point - going by some quick googling - is slightly above that of hard-disk based mp3 players. Think $300 - $600 (USD).

This seems like a good article about photo storage that also mentions these, although written for professional photographers...

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Okay, I think that answers all my questions Sander. Thanks! To be honest, I cant really afford to shell out that much on yet another gizmo. I might give this one a miss.

Thanks for the info. ;)