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31. Posted by chef_trekR (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

The AEMFR888D Multi Function Recorder (which someone linked to above) seems like a GREAT alternative. It works with virtually any mem stick and also dv cameras for instant DVD backups.

It's lighter than a laptop, takes up less space and is about 1/2 the price of a cheap laptop.

I know from experience I took 300+ pictures in Mexico in less than 2 weeks on high resolution all to Memory cards and was running out of space. I would have loved to have had this option. Luckily for me a buddy traveling with me had a laptop with a CD burner.

I usually plan on shooting 20-30 pics a day depending on where I am and what I am doing. And unless it is something that is absolutely awe inspiring and possibly a future poster on my wall I shoot at or near 2272x1704 pixels. (about 4 mega pixels) If I know it'll be blown up to poster size I shoot it in max resolution.(which for me is currently 5 mega pixels, but I'm working on that :))

32. Posted by chef_trekR (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

I forgot to mention that I was also considering this product http://www.rewarestore.com/product/020010001.html It'll allow me to recharge my batteries and/or devices no matter where I am.

33. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

Having read all of these photo storage/backup ideas, I'm afraid to say I am now more confused than ever!

I have just bought my first 5 megapixel digital camera in preparation for a r-t-w trip in March '06. I will also be spending 10 months in Australia. As well as the standard 16mb memory card, the camera comes with a 512mb sd memory card. I don't know how many photos this will hold but my parents reassure me it'll be enough. However, I'm going to want to back up my photos every now and again and I'll need to do that anyway as the card becomes full. I will be uploading the best pics onto myphotoalbum.com so my friends and family back home can view them, but I'm going to want to hang on to them anyway so that when I get home I can print them out. So I guess my questions are:

1) Should I buy a memory stick, mp3 player (which I want to get anyway for my trip), or just walk into a photography store and have them copied onto disc every now and again?
2) How many photos can you fit onto an average cd (at average 4megapixel quality)? and how much does it cost?
3) Can the mp3 players be trusted not to malfunction and cause me to lose all my pics?
4) How many photos can I store on say a 1gb memory stick?
5) Do photosharing websites such as myphotoalbum.com allow my friends and family to download my photos and print them out at home or do they have to pay for the prints from the website?

Any help and advice will be very welcome!

Thanks

Kate

34. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 10y

Quoting k8iejo1983

1) Should I buy a memory stick, mp3 player (which I want to get anyway for my trip), or just walk into a photography store and have them copied onto disc every now and again?

Both. :) But if you have to choose, definitely the latter. Having everything on a mp3 player is a clear case of "single point of failure" - if the thing is stolen (or if it's a harddisk based one, the harddisk breaks), you lose it, or something else bad happens to it, you've lost everything. Much better to go into internet cafes, make two backups on cd, mail one home and keep one with you.

2) How many photos can you fit onto an average cd (at average 4megapixel quality)? and how much does it cost?

A 4 megapixel photo will be on average just shy of 2MB (assuming the highest quality, compression wise). A CD holds 700MB. So you can store about 350 pictures per cd. (You'll quite probably take that amount of pictures in one to two months, even if you're a conservative shooter - I personally shoot that many in a week.)

3) Can the mp3 players be trusted not to malfunction and cause me to lose all my pics?

No. Given that it'll be nearly a year of memories, I personally find the risk too large. However, if you absolutely have to gamble on it, you'll probably come out okay (especially if it's a flash based mp3 player rather than harddisk based one) - and it's a good idea to backup to the mp3 player as well.

4) How many photos can I store on say a 1gb memory stick?

2MB per photo - 500 photos.

5) Do photosharing websites such as myphotoalbum.com allow my friends and family to download my photos and print them out at home or do they have to pay for the prints from the website?

I don't know the specifics of that website, you'll have to ask there.
What we do here on travellerspoint is to keep the originals only for the person who uploaded them (look in your photo gallery through the control panel for the "download original" links) - everyone else can download/view the regularly sized images, but although you can conceivably print them, quality wouldn't be very high. - I wouldn't recommend uploading too many 4 megapixel originals to any website though, it'll take you literally forever even with the fastest connections (much easier to have family print from cds that you'll regularly snail-mail them).

35. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

Ok, thanks for the advice!

Think I'll go with the 2 cd idea. Keep one on me and mail one home!

  • Kate*
36. Posted by nigwel (Inactive 11 posts) 10y

When I am in America I always get the days photo`s on a CD and then elete the photos on the card.. Just make sure all photo`s have been transfered to CD first..

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[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

37. Posted by taiga (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

I use a machine named Digital Camera Partner. My friend bought for me from Shanghai in Feb, 2004. It was paid at RMB2000(about USD250) including the shipping fee from Shanghai to Sweden.

It includes a build in harddisk, card reader and lithium battery.

There have some slots acted as ports for CF card, Memory Stick, Smart Card, SD card and MMC.

It can read and copy your photoes on card to the build-in harddisk directly and it also support to connect the laptop via USB2.0.

It weighs 300g and the size is 135*78*30mm. It can work continuously for 1.6 hours after full charged.

The size of build-in harddisk is changeable and mine is 40G, which is enough to me.

It worked well during my tour in Europe, Egypt and so on.

Well, I hope these info are helpful.

38. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Aghgahaghag. Serious frustration the digital front!

I´m here in Lima, and having major problems.

Problem #1: First of all, my memory card is causing problems again. I formatted it a few months ago when it began reading "memory card error". Now the same problem is happening again. I cant format the card (presumably because I did that already? *shrug*) To rescue the pics that were on there, I got them put onto CD today. So now the card is empty, but when I try to shoot it says image too large? I´m very confused.

I might just buy another memory card as soon as I can but can anyone give any advice on what to do?

Problem #2: As if that wasnt bad enough, I am now in an internet cafe and have no idea how to upload the photos from my second memory card (which is a very small one) onto the web. When I connected my USB cable to the comp, the whole thing froze. Sigh. Help me please!

I´m going to Nazca tomorrow and I really want to have my camera in action!

39. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Samsara 2

I'll post this on Amigos de Peru Group on another kind of forum (many of the group members and the hosts live in Peru) sent you a message, sign up, they may be able to help.

40. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Oh thanks, appreciate that D ;)