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Old Jan 17, 2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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what storage device is recommmended.i know flashtrax sells them. any other suggestions
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Old Jan 17, 2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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How much are you willing to spend and what will you use it for?
I know many people who are happy with the Epson P-2000, but it is not cheap and it has a lot of features. If you don't need the features, then it probably isn't worth the money. So look it up, but really consider what you need.

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I am doing exactly the same thing right now and alooking at portablestorage devices, specifically ones with a decent LCD screen for reviewing the images.

So far, I have located the following:

Wolverine MVP 9000 Series for $369.95US from

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?page=searchresults&searchinfo=wolv erine
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Enjoy the freedom to store and playback photos, videos and music-all withoutbeing tethered to a computer. The Wolverine MVP with the built-in 7 in 1 memory card readers is the perfect companion to any digital camera. Transfer photos, video, audio and data files directly from memory cards to the hand-held MVP so that you can use your memory cards over and over again. This travel-friendly battery operated device is ideal for any application-both personal and professional to store, view photos, watch movies or listen to music.

Rechargeable internal battery- transfer up to 20GB of data or play 8 hours of music or 3.5 hours of video on a single charge.

Manufacturer's website

http://secure.serverlab.net/shop/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=9100&amp ;Category_Code=MultiMedia&Store_Code=T00107

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This device looks very promising and is new to the market and quite within a decent price range. Yes it does RAW images viewing for most DLSR's. Only has 2.5 inch screen though.



Epson P2000for about $506US from

http://www.i-tech.com.au/products/2176_EPSON_P_2000_MULTIMEDIA_STORAGE_VIEWER.asp
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Everyone says that this is the standard and I was leaning that way until I saw the Wolverine MVP. Epson has 3.8 inch screen.



Flashtrax XT 40 GBfor about $529US from

http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/prod776.htm [/b]

Digital Multimedia Device with huge 3.6" Colour LCD screen – transfer digital files from flashcard to inbuilt hard drive then view, zoom, rotate, rename, cut & paste and change file directory names. Play MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, XviD, AVI, JPEG, BMP, GIF and some RAW files via screen or TV (A/V out) or listen to MP3's or the FM tuner with headphones or via the built in speaker. Connect to PC (USB2.0) for use as external hard drive. Complete with remote control, cables and all accessories.



Flashtrax 40 GB for about $436US from

http://www.jaldigital.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27_84&products_id=284[/b]

manufacturer's website [/b]http://www.smartdisk.com/eWeb/smartdiskus/www/staticpages/flashtrax.asp[/b]

FlashTrax is a patented, palm-sized, portable photo storage device that can also be used as a MP3 audio player and video player. Take photos with your camera's highest resolution and then safely transfer and store thousands of images to the internal hard drive, allowing reuse your digital media over and over again. One touch transfers photos from a flash memory card onto the built-in hard disk drive. 3.5 inch screen.


I hope this helps you with your question and I would like anyone else who has has anything to do with the new Wolverine or the new XT to chime in with their views. Sorry the links I have are for Australia, but that is where I live and where I have been hunting for prices. I put some of them into US dollars to assist.

At this stage I am leaning towards the Wolverine for price and features, I have a Pentax DSLR and it supports .pef RAW files along with many other cameras RAW formats. I like the idea of it also working as a mini video player and its long batttery life.

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Without an independent review, I would be very suspicious of the battery life stated in the Wolverine listing.

The absolute best that I've heard is with the P-2000, and that gets around 13G on one battery charge. And that is *really, really good* in this market. Most get around 5-6G.

And that makes a huge difference depending on how you use it. If you're just using it for storage during the day and you have access to power nightly, then you're golden. If you're going backpacking and won't have access to power except every few days then you're in trouble.

I've seen the screen on the P-2000 and it is stunning. But putting a good LCD on the device is much easier than getting good battery life. That effects the design of the entire device.

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Old Jan 18, 2006, 2:41 PM   #5
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FWIW ...

HyperDrive HD80. Outstanding device, but no viewing screen ... just data screen... highly recommended http://www.hyperdrive.com/shop/index...e34c3bc1696e08

Read more current opinions, etc at dpReview's forums - search for "hyperdrive" re the upcoming Mini or "HD80" for the current models. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/

Also,the HD80is the same unit as the CompactDrive PD70X (http://www.eastgear.com/shop/index.php?cPath=17), but ships for free from California rather than Singapore. Both companies are the directly authorized regional dealers. Hyperdrive gets back to your requests FAST!

The Epson P2000 is great for viewing, but is highly priced as is its big brother the P4000 if all you need is a quick dump of your files to HD.
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I had a play with the Epson P-2000 today and was very very impressed with the clarity of the screen and the size of the screen. I have made up my mind to go with the Epson. The ony qiestin now is P-2000 or P-4000. :blah:

Also I found another device, this one allows basic viewing of the files and the ability to burn to either cd or various dvd formats including dual layer rather than store on an internal HD.

It is called an Apacer Disc steno CP300 the cost is a lot less than other devices.

http://www.apacer.com/en/products/Di...P300_specs.htm

The only thing I can see that needs asking is the ability to read and view RAW image file data.
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I own the first Flash Trax that first came out (they have a newer model out now). I LOVE it. The only problem I have with it is that occassionally the forward button sticks on the Flash Trax itself. I not only use the Flash Trax to put photos on from a filled card when out photographing, but I hook it up to a digital projector to show visual images to students that I teach at the University. The Flash Trax comes with a remote and I use that to advance photos when giving a presentation and the buttons on that do not stick. RAW images transfer onto the Flash Trax relatively fast and are viewable on the screen. I like the way the Flash Trax folds up protecting the viewing screen. It is a well-made, sturdy device.
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I was tied between the trax and the epson and couldn't find a trax to look at for image quality on the lcd. After seeing the Epson, I decided to go with that basically on the fact that I knew what it looked like.

I liked the clam shell style of the trax too for the lcd screen , I will just have to be careful with the Epson while I am out and about in the field.

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This is a good site and covers a lot of different types of devices from card to disc burner to full lcd screen preview models.

http://www.jobodigital.com/
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