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1. Posted by nick.segne (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Ya'll!

So I have a question pertaining to my (my girlfriends) digital camera. We are going to be in South America travelling for about a year and this digital camera is the only one we're bringing (its a canon powershot 3 MP).. Anyway we were thinking of uploading the pictures whereever we can find internet access along the way (cafes, etc) and wondering whats the best way to go about this --- its capable of "plug and play" where the computer can read the camera without installing software, but the requires a newer operating system on the computer.. Or we could bring the CD to install the software but will internet cafes let you do this??? Or we could get one of those card readers that's supposed to work without installing software --- whats your thoughts, guys/gals??

Nicholas Segner

2. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think your camera uses either an SD card or memory stick. Any photoshop and most internet places should be able to help you without any software of your own. The easiest way to save them though is just to let the photoshops transfer them for you to disc. It's pretty cheap in South America.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6611 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The main problem trying to upload your photos as a form of backing up is the massive amount of time it might take. Say you have a 512MB card, can you imagine how long it would take to upload 512MB of files?

Uploading photos can be good when you either

a) resize them all before uploading (not good for backups, due to the loss of print quality)
or b) have access to some very good bandwidth/time (rare while travelling)

So, I would agree with DocNY and suggest you get the photos copied to CD when you want backups.

And I would of course recommend that you do upload the best shots to your TP photo gallery while you're on the road - people back home do like to see what's going on. Provided you can resize the pictures to somewhere around 800px wide before uploading, you will find it is not too time consuming.

4. Posted by nick.segne (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your help!

Yes its an SD card- and I think it is 512 MB - you guys picked up on every thing I forgot to say! So - I guess it would take very long to upload that many picures - probably on a dial up connection I'm guessing.. I think I'll go with the CD route - fill up the memory card and get it to CD then upload just a few of the best pictures. We're planning on being in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina for a year so maybe at some point we can copy the CDs and mail them back here to someone so we don't have to carry them everywhere! (well I guess maybe we won't take that MANY pictuers - a 700 MB CD can probably hold upwards of 500 pictures :)

Great! Thanks again!


5. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Always keep a copy with you and mail one back, just in case any of the copies got lost or damaged.