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Old Jul 6, 2012, 9:16 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by TCav View Post
True, but at the very least, the Eye-fi card can automatically transfer new photos to his smartphone, whether there's cellular service or not, and when he ventures back into civilization, the smartphone will automatically transfer his photos to his photo sharing website of choice.
Then the limiting factor would be the available free space on the smartphone. This could become critical on a long trip away from "civilization"!

The ability to charge the camera and backup device would also be a factor.

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Old Jul 6, 2012, 2:44 PM   #12
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Yes, but certainly less so that recharging a laptop or a Wolverine or Epson multimedia viewer.
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Originally Posted by jvanwees View Post
Can anyone reccomend the best way to back up memory cards when on vacation if you don't have a laptop.
Bring a netbook along. They're smaller and lighter than a typical laptop, and give you far more functionality than stand alone storage devices. ;-)

I got the one I'm using now from Dell Outlet for $153.22 delivered (including sales tax and shipping).

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I like bringing a little Netbook along with me when away from the house (local appointments, visits to relatives, trips downtown, etc.), since they're small and light enough to make them easy to bring along, and they give you much better functionality compared to a typical tablet, with more storage space, nice keyboard, etc.; with reduced size and weight compared to a laptop.
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I have a cousin that also got a Dell 11Z and she uses it for DJ/music work along with a 1TGB external hard drive. Jim has the right idea and I agree with what he is suggesting. With that said one of my photo friends that travels alot has a 64GB thumb drive that they use for photo backup. They load the images to the drive as well as keeps the on their cards. They carry the USB thumb drive on their keyring when its not being used for uploads. They don;t keep the photos on their laptop drive for some reason but that could be one layer of backup and the USB drive the second layer and the other memory cards a third layer if your that worried about loosing images.
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