Digital photo memory for a 2 wk trip

Sep 26th, 2007, 07:03 PM
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Personally, I would rather have a series of smaller cards than one large card. Imagine the horror if you lose the large card and all of your pictures.
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Sep 27th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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Or (and this has happened to me) the card stops working. I was able to retrieve the photos that were on it at a local camera shop (I was in London, luckily, lots of options) but it wouldn't talk to my camera anymore. Luckily I had another with me -- that's why I always bring three in case.
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Sep 27th, 2007, 05:07 AM
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I have a Kodak Z612 that has a decent mpeg movie mode that I use a fair amount. I carry a 2 gig card that is dedicated to movies and a couple of 1 gigs for stills. I edit every night.
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Sep 27th, 2007, 05:23 AM
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we took a Photo-chute with us in '06... here's a sign of the times - it was a whopping 20 Gig! no viewer, but a built-in USB cable, battery & a one-button synch with most new cameras. We synch'd every night with our 2 Canon Elph's, both in the 4-6 Meg range, and cleared the memory cards (leap of faith at first!). We brought home several Gig's of pix after a 4-week trip. Took some movies too, which were MUCH larger than photo's. Look at the latest/greatest camera specific mini-drives. You'll never regret taking multiple shots of that unforgettable view.

Ronin, Do I understand this correctly that I could plug my camera with the USB cable to the photo-chute and upload my photos? I have a Canon SD850 IS.

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Monica
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Sep 27th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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Hi, Monica - the retractable USB cable built into the fotochute is actually for connecting to a PC. You'd use the standard download cable for your Canon and plug the USB end into the fotochute. Our original Elph wouldn't synch with the fotochute, so it's probably only the more recent digital's (5 yrs old and newer/compatible with Windows xp mass-storage protocols?) that automatically synch with the unit. I don't think fotochute is solvent anymore, so there won't be any support should you buy one. Until I saw the Photobank comment, I wasn't aware of the range of photo storage units. Check out amazon's selection:
http://tinyurl.com/yservs

happy travels & let us know how you decided.
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Sep 27th, 2007, 06:57 PM
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I take a lot of pictures, too, and when I'm running out of room, I simply find a photolab to burn the pictures onto a disc. I always check the disc before I leave the place, btw. It's cheap and allows me to take all the pictures I wish!
I only take the disc in with me, nothing else has ever been required. I've done this in China, Bosnia, Ireland and every place in between without a problem.
Good luck! Hope to see your photos!
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Sep 27th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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designergigi: I simply find a photolab to burn the pictures onto a disc. I always check the disc before I leave the place, btw.

"check the disk" is the key phrase. It's really easy to burn a bad disc; the software burning the CD should always completely verify it after burning (on my laptop I use Nero which does this automatically). It takes 2X as long if you verify but I consider it a requirement. Simply browsing the disc afterward is not a guarantee.

Also, be careful with CDs and DVDs. They can degrade over time. If your only copy of golden vacation photos is on a CD or DVD from 3-4 years ago I would make a copy of them ASAP. Doing so also make sure they are still readable.

Memory cards are so cheap now that it's silly to skimp on them. 2GB flash cards can be had under $20 now on sale. Two or three of them will suffice someone with an average digital camera for a couple of weeks.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 05:52 AM
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Also, be careful with CDs and DVDs. They can degrade over time. If your only copy of golden vacation photos is on a CD or DVD from 3-4 years ago I would make a copy of them ASAP. Doing so also make sure they are still readable.

Sorry for the dumb question: Copy onto what? Another CD?

Monica
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Sep 28th, 2007, 06:06 AM
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Yes, or whatever the most recent 'generation' of storage devices is. Two copies of a CD is much more likely to last than one copy. A DVD is likely to be readable with available technology for longer than a CD is. Whatever the next level of storage will be is the same.

When's the last time you saw a reel-to-reel, 8-track, or even a record player?

My dad just spent several weeks converting old records to CDs so he could listen to the music in years to come. He even took an old tape of music he made 40 years ago (before I was born) and transferred it. Him singing and playing guitar, I mean - he was a folk musician of sorts. This tape was made when he was courting mom - very precious.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Manufactured CDs can last a long long time, but burned ones are less reliable. Once you get home, you should transfer the picture files onto your hard disk on your computer, and also have another back-up on another hard drive.

Unlike film or vinyl records, information on digital files are very transferable, and the 1's and 0's don't degrade over time. What can degrade and become incompatible is the media the files rest on.

So, make sure you have more than one copy of the files on more than just one medium (i.e. not two copies on the same hard drive).
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Sep 28th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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One thing I would consider is making a backup while traveling. On our last trip, our CF card failed right in the middle of a day of sightseeing.

If you have all your photos on a single card, and it fails near the end of your trip, you will be disappointed.

We had a laptop and our iPod with us, so we just downloaded the photos onto the laptop every night, and then also put a copy on the iPod. Thanks to this when our CF card died, we only lost the photos from that morning.

You can get a special cable for an iPod that will allow you to send photos from your camera to the iPod without needing a computer. If a new iPod is too expensive consider a used one that is a year or two old. It will still be plenty large for all your photos.

I recommend that over a specialized photobank/fotochute option. As far as I know the iPod will do everything they do, for about the same price (cheaper if you get a used iPod), and in addition you've got an iPod.
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