I was looking for a way to allow me to save all my photos during my trip in asia. I was going to either buy more memory (which is hella expensive) or a mass-storage photo device (again.. hella expensive). I was given a tip by my cousin, whom just came back from Thailand, that you can take your memory card to a photo shop that deals with them and have them burn all the memmory on the card to disk for a couple of bucks. I was wondering if these same photo shops are readily availiable in Vietnam (Saigon, NhaTrang, Hanoi) and China (Beijing, Xian,.. "Hong Kong").
Photo places in China are starting to have that service available, but a cheaper alternative is purchasing a USB card reader and finding an internet cafe with a CD burner
Not a bad suggestion either, it just so happens I one of those readers kicking around. I guess the question follows.. are these readily available as well in the places I will be going to?
I saw those internet places readily available in Saigon and in Hanoi. I dont know about China, I have not been there.
Yes, they're common, but not necessarily in tourist areas. You're looking for a "wang ba". To find one, ask a local, look for signs with the characters for wang ba (see above link) or just listen for the sounds of loud computer games. Often, backpacker cafes will have cd burners too, but I'm not sure sure where to find those in the bigger cities.
This service is available in Saigon, Nha Trang and Hanoi. You will have no problem finding these shops as they are all over the tourist areas.
I don't know much about digital camera memory, but someone I met on my travels in Vietnam said that they had lost all their photos when they gave their memory card to a place in Vietnam to transfer it to CD. But that's just a word of warning, probably a horror story and not very common - it might be fine!
daveh: Just what I wanted to hear. This will save me both weight and money.
JaneS: That would be a worst case scenario, and considering the benefits at the momment, I'm will the take the risk. Thanks for the warning.
Another question sprung to mind. Is there any trouble at the airport about having these digital images stored on cd? I've travel to Vietnam way back when, and they would not let you leave with your film at the airport unless it was developed (maybe they were looking at an oppurtunity for money.. dunno).
I have heard about what Jane is talking about also. I have heard about it on a number of occasions. I would be so careful about it, but I think it would be the best way to store your photos while traveling. Just check before you delete the photos from your camera I guess. Let us know what you end up doing.
Have you considered storing them on a website, eg Webshots.com You can simply download straight from your camera to the site using the USB cable your camera came with.
You can then share with friends and family and download/print them when you return home