Downloading pics from digital camera

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1. Posted by Fayester (Budding Member 18 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone recommend the easiest way of storing / uploading pictures while on my trip as I don't want to risk losing any of them.



2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I've just been backing mine up on cds and sending them home. It's really quite cheap. I also pick some of my favourites and upload those onto my two blogs as well. :)

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 824 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I find the easiest way is to burn my pics to 2 CDs. Mail one copy home, and keep the other copy with you. I suppose though that it will depend on how many mps your camera is. The more mps the larger the files, and so a whole card may not fit on a CD. So it may require so many CDs that its not practical. While places to burn pics to CDs, such as internet cafes and photolabs, are plentiful in most of the world, you can't alway rely on places having DVD burners (which holds many times more info) yet. The camera I travelled with last was 3mp and I could hold a few weeks worth of pics on one CD.
So if its the case that your camera takes too big of pictures, then you are probably looking at some sort of storage devise, though I know nothing about these so hopefully someone else can help you out.

4. Posted by nicnst (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Faye,

We took two memory cards (512MB I think) and when one was full we downloaded it to CD. We then sent this home, and once it was checked by our parents we could wipe the memory card and use it again. The other memory card we used in the meantime. We repeated this over again when the second memory card was full.

This worked well because the memory cards are small and easy to carry, and we could review our 'old' pictures whenever we wanted on the camera. Plus if you fill a card and can't find somewhere to downloaded it to CD, you don't have to delete pictures to take new ones.


5. Posted by hornsfan (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

you should definitely bring a flash card or two, at least 512mb, depending on how big and/or detailed your pictures are. while on your trip you should backup your pictures regularly on your flash card, and if you have access to the internet or an internet cafe you can email them to yourself for further backup and maybe even send them to your friends at the same time. i always like to send pics to my friends because it's like another form of backup, plus you get to update them...two birds with one stone!

6. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Degolasse.

The other (and cheaper) method I use if I'm travelling with my partner is to make 2 copies on CD and put one in my backpack and one in my partners backpack, or if alone I'll put one in my day pack and one in my main bag - saves on postage.

7. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

It all depends on where you are going, and if you will have regular (or equally as important, reliable and affordable) internet access or not. If you do, you can easily carry extra memory/flash cards, and backup online as you go. There are many online hard drives or even photo albums that you can use (even free ones). This may prove easier than burning cd's, posting home (or carrying with you), or carrying a small back-up device.

One thing is sure, never trust memory/flash cards alone. I've had some bad experiences of losing pictures due to fauly cards and even xray scanners at the airport.