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Digital Camera downloading pictures

By onbliss ·
I am not even sure if I should be posting this at TR. But I thought we all being so techie :-)), some of you definitely would have some valuable suggestions. And I trust you guys more than the Best Buy Sales staff (hmmm am I comparing Apples to Oranges?).

Anyway, the point is I will be going on a vacation, and I think I would be taking plenty of pictures each day using my Digital Camera (Canon for the curious). At the end of each day, I would like to download the pictures to a "device" so that my memory stick is ready for action the next day. Once back home, I should be able to download the pictures from this "device" to my home PC.

I considered taking my laptop, but I will not be able to do take it. So my options are to buy:
1) 2-3 more of memory sticks.
2) The magical "device" (that you guys are going to suggest).

Guys help me with your valuable suggestions.

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get the sticks

by jdclyde In reply to Digital Camera downloadin ...

if you watch the sales as well as places like you can find HUGE cards for little coin. They are small, and you can fit several in your camera case and never even notice they are there.

I would number them so you don't have to search through to see which ones you used already.

As for if you should post it here, of course you should. I have gone much further than this on TR, and even got through a succesful divorce thanks to the GREAT people that come here.

I think of it more of a place techs go, not a place for tech. Anything that a tech deals with should be fair game. Just put it in the correct section. Matter of fact, the top three discussions of all time here are IE, my divorce, and a GWB discussion, in that order. All very non-tech related.

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ishtick :-)

by onbliss In reply to get the sticks

Based on the replies so far, looks like I will end up buying some memory sticks.

I thought, I had seen some gadgets that allows one to download the pics from the camera. But then considering that it might be an extra thing to carry along, it might be easy to carry few more 512Mb sticks.

Yeah...I did see your divorce discussion. I wish TR splits the long discussions into pages. Some of those long discussions take time to load in firefox (I did not check it in IE). And, I too come here because of this "being a place where techs go" :-))

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There is a device to download pix from

by Dr Dij In reply to Digital Camera downloadin ...

It's a portable hard disk with memory stick slot just for this purpose, to upload your pix from memory cards.

Can't remember where I saw it but was just recently. CDW catalog? Dell catalog? You can probably find this but not sure how, amazon search, googling, digital camera site..

I'm an inveterate picture taker. I can easily take about 1000 pix in a day (one day at Huntington Gardens, which was open from 12-4:30 took 1100 pix. This is up to two 1gig memory sticks equivalent PER DAY. To buy a weeks worth would be ridiculously expensive.

However I have the 'vacation solution' camera: Sony 3megapixel video/still dvd cam. It writes to 3" dvd's which cost $3, (the +RW variety DOESN'T need to be finalized), these store 800 to 1000 pix at highest resolution + quality, 8000 or more at lower res tho not sure why someone would lower quality or resolution.

It has 'snap on' lithium ion batteries, the largest size (which is pretty small) powers cam for 3 hours. 3 of these and you can shoot all day. chances are you'll have power at nite so can recharge them.

Alternately, if you're going on a 5day backpack or canoe trip without electricity to recharge them, take about 5 of these along and with reasonable use should last a week.

Take a pack of 5 to 10 disks along and you can even grab some full dvd quality video clips (they are 30min each video, or any mix of video and pictures on one disk)

I was visiting my mom in Texas, and while she has a phone, has no internet provider so would have had to bring a portable along which I didn't want to do if I couldn't store them all.

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Problem with my Sony camcorder...

by onbliss In reply to There is a device to down ... that it does not have a flash :-). So when I take the "still" pictures using that in low lights. The pictures come really bad to my disliking.
I have a Sony TR11 that writes to a mini-DV. I tried fiddling with it, then decided I need a digital camera to accompany my TR11 :-)

I am just going on a 4/5 day trip to Cancun, Mexico. So I will be able to charge my AA rechargeable batteries at the Hotel.

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Mine has 3 lights

by Dr Dij In reply to Problem with my Sony camc ...

my old PC-10 DV cam didn't have flash. My new dvd-403 does. Also I have the 3watt video light that plugs into the smart-shoe on top. & I have a separate 10w / 20w switchable sony self powered video light. I just hold this in other hand and shine on object I'm taking pix of.

I use this mostly for stills, as it allows you to see what you're taking pix of in dark areas and brings out the colors of plants, etc. and for closer than about 3 feet, the flash is useless, as it over-exposes the item. So video light required for closeups / macros. (and the sony's allow macro to within 1cm of an item!)

the sony self powered video light has a standard show mount (not the smart shoe on later cameras) if needed but draws power from the 12 or 15 hour lithium - ion (Lion for short) batteries.

These only last 2 to 3 hours using the video light on 10watts with occastional 20watt use for dark items. However this is much better than ni-mh battery same size, which powers my older Sima light for 30 min max.

There are LED video lights available from camera shops with much better battery life of course due to lower power of LEDs. And SOME regular LED lights could be used for photography.

What you have to find tho is a light with an even light pattern. If there are any rings or differences of brightness it is useless for pictures. An even circle of light should be seen on a flat surface.

Surprisingly, an LED headlamp I bought has a very even light circle, even if it is not as wide as the video light's illumination.

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by onbliss In reply to Digital Camera downloadin ... more sticks it is going to be. I will just hop to the friendly neighborhood Walmart and buy some 512MB sticks.


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You mention the manufacturer, but not model.

by NI70 In reply to Digital Camera downloadin ...

I'd look for the larger memory card available for your model. I recently purchased a Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D with a 4GB memory card and a rechargeable battery that has a battery like of about 4-6 hours. Granted the 4GB memory card wasn't cheap, about $100+ per gig. On a fully charged battery I was able to take over 1000 pictures at the highest resolution on the camera, and about 5 hours without recharging the battery. I recharged the battery for about an hour and got another 3 hours out of it before it completely died. Again, I'd look for the largest available memory card for your particular model, and possibly buying one or more. You might also want to buy a spare rechargeable battery, if you already have one, also bring your battery charger with you.

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For that price I'd have 186 gigabytes perm storage

by Dr Dij In reply to You mention the manufactu ...

at $3 for 1.4 gig, if I spent 400$ I'd have 133 1.4gig disks that could store 186 gigabytes of still pix or full quality video.

I think those portable disks are probably your cheapest option, just get enuf memory sticks for one day's shots.

I just picked up a 300 gig seagate external disk with usb conx for $140 (at Fry'd Computers). So ones with memory card slot shouldn't be that much more.

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Canon: IS S1

by onbliss In reply to You mention the manufactu ...

..this model uses 4 AA batteries. So I need to keep several batteries handy. Ofcourse I have rechargeable AA batteries and charger.

I somehow feel comfortable buying more sticks with smaller capacity than one stick with huge capacity.

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Memory sticks on a Canon??As far as I know, or knew, memory sticks only ...

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Digital Camera downloadin ...

appear on Sony cameras. What model of Canon camera are you using??? All my Canons take compact flash cards or SD cards. The standard cards with most Canons are 16 meg on their point and shoot cameras and 32 meg on their larger more sphisticated. Using 5 megapixels as a guideline a 16 meg chip should hold 5 shots at the superfine stting 9 shot on fine and 19 shots on normal, all that at 2592 x 1944 pixels which is the highest resolution possible on this camera. However, if you had a 1 gigabyte SD card those numbers would read 380 at superfine 678 at fine and a whopping 1340 shots at normal. Kingston has 1 gig chips sellin in the $70 area.Make sure it is one that can be written to fast. 380 shots at superfine is more than the equivalent of 15 rolls of 24 exposure 35mm film. On max resolution of 2592 x1944 a superfine will consume 2503 KB a fine will take 1395 KB and a normal will only require 695 KB.

The next thing you should be thinking of is batteries. A set of Alkalines will yield about 120 - 130 shots with the LCD monitor or electronic viewfinder on. If you are using a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries you could expect about 550 shots with the LCD monitor on and about 570 shots with the electronic viewfinder switched on. I would expect you to have more problems with batteries than memory capacity assuming you go out and buy either a 512 MB card or stick or a 1 GB card. Of course these numbers change drastically as you go up from 5 megapixels and for a 12 - 14 megapixel camera you might want to have several 1 GB cards around. Go below 5 megapixels to say 3 or 4 Mega pixels and you would not need a 1 gigabyte card and could probably live quite comfortably with a 128 ; 256 ; or 512 MB cards. My suggestion is to have two sets of NiMH and a charger and if you are somewhere without power it would be nice to have a car charger or adapter. One other thing go on line and download a copy of Picasa. It's free, fairly powerful and an easy way to handle arranging images and making mild adjustments. It doesn't take up a lot of disk space and has an easy interface.

Going to Cancun??? Bring Immodium. You can be as careful as you want, somebody, somewhere is going to put ice cubes made from local tap water in one of your drinks. You don't want to be spending your vacation driving the porcelain bus.

Good Luck.

Dawg ]:)

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