I am headed to Australia and New Zealand this February for 8 months and I am new to the digital photography world. I am contemplating investing in a portable storage device to download my digital pics. Is this worth buying or will I be able to use internet cafes for uploading photos into my hotmail account? I hope to find accomodations in the Brisbane/Sunshine Coast area and travel around Oz from there and I do take a fair amount of pictures. Any advice will be helpful.
I don't know about the internet cafes down under, but I do know that yahoo! photos lets you store some pics online, too. You don't need to sign up for an email account- just go to the yahoo! of your country and click on the link for photos and you can sign up that way- if nothing else, it'll give you more storage space- and its free.
Why spend all that money on the storage device. Bring along a spool of 10 blank CD's. Any big city should have internet cafes where you can down load your pic files to CD's. Some hotel do have business center where guests can rent a PC, or send Faxes. I travel with 2 128meg and 1 256meg cards - no problems at all, even each of my shot is about 3 megapixel. If I travel within the US, where I live, I bring my laptop along. Every evening, when I get back to the hotel, I download to the harddrive. If you have camera like mine which one battery charge can take around 400 shots, I advice you bring along a spare battery and a charger. Some people use 1 or 2 Gig card (about couple hundred dollars for 1Gig), but I don't - afraid if you loose or damage it, you loose couple hundred dollars and plenty pics lost.
Check this site. Worldisround.com (oops, not sure if URL is allowed here..)
It allow you to upload pics there.
Btw, plenty of Internet Cafes down in OZ, not a problem finding one in Brisbane/Sunshine Coast. Pretty cheap too.
My main concern of uploading digital photos to a storage web site would be maintaining its original quality. Before you choose this option, check if the provides allow you to upload and save pictures in its original form. One site that I used often is www.imagestation.com. All my photos retained there is free, unlimited storage and is in its original form.
The most convenient option would be to get a portable digital storage device such as the Vosonic X's Drive II VP2060 (www.vosonic.com). It is one of the cheaper brand, reliable and has storage capacity of up to 60GB.