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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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EZDigiMagic portable HD backup device

by NI70 In reply to Memory sticks on a Canon? ...

Here's the link for google search on that device: EZDigiMagic. The one I saw is a 20GB device. I saw a 40GB in the results too. I'd definitely go with dawg's suggestion on the NiMH batteries. Just last night I was kicking myself in the rear for not having a spare!

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I'm with the Dawg on this one

by neilb@uk In reply to Memory sticks on a Canon? ...

Mostly from his recommendation, I have a 1GB SD card in my Canon (and two sets of rechargable batteries) and I can't think of how I'll fill it! You can also clean out the shots that are obviously badly famed or over/under exposed and free up the space immediately.

I didn't even have to pay him for the advice

Just my f2's worth.

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I would recommend a lower megapixel setting...

by UncleRob In reply to Memory sticks on a Canon? ...

A couple years ago a 3.2 MP digital camera was the best you could get and not everyone shot at that resolution setting either.

Truth be told, you'll probably do fine 1.2 or 2.0 megapixel setting, why anyone bothers to shoot at higher resolution settings like 3, 4 or 5.0 megapixels just to have 4x6 prints developed is a mystery to me. The higher megapixel settings are meant to be used for pics you plan on developing into larger than normal size prints (ie. 8x10, 16x20, wall sized prints, etc.) If you're just shooting pics to develop as 4x6 & 5x7's, don't waste space on your memory sticks, compact flash, SD or whatever memory card standard you're using.

I personally have a newer 5.0 megapixel Sony (just a preference of mine, I've used other cameras but Sony digital camera's just seem easier to use) with a great sized LCD viewing screen in the back (something like 2.5" or 3"), shooting at 5 MP results in images that over 2-3mb in size, I've toned it down to 1.2 MP and never looked back. Not only do I get literally hundreds of images per memory stick, they're easier to upload to the photolab developer site, easier to email to friends, and take up less HD space on my pc and I can fit way more on a CD or DVD.

If I have a hankering for developing larger prints, that's when I bump up the megapixel setting to 4 or 5. Even then I have to wonder how large a picture I could develop - I've developed awesome 8x10's from the 1.2 MP setting just to test out the quality, how large a picture could I develop from a 5.0 MP setting? 2' x 3', 4'x6' (that's feet I'm referring to not inch's).

The megapixel number is more marketing hype than useable functionality, the problem is your average consumer doesn't know this.

- just my 0.02 cents cdn, feel free to agree or disagree.

Heck I forgot the reason we're posting this info in the first place: As far as a solution, if you're trip destination has photolabs, they probably have the equipment that can download the images stored on your digital camera's memory card (the photolabs in my area are all equipped with self service pc workstations that allow you to plug in your memory card into their 9 in 1 card readers, and you could have the photolab burn the images on to a cdrom for a nominal fee. The only problem is that there's always the possibility that you damage the photo cd before you return home, to take care of this you could then find an internet cafe or some other place with pc's & internet access and email the files from your recently created photolab backup cdrom to your personal email address or setup a yahoo mail or gmail account as they have plenty of storage space (I can't say enough good things about my gmail account, almost at 3gb storage space now, anyone need a gmail invite?) This way you have the cd copy as your backup and another backup copy of your images stored in your email account. This is a less technical way of doing things albeit considerably more effort required to accomplish than some type of hardware device made for this function but the method I've come up with is probably cheaper.

thx... rob,wpg

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I am seriously going to dwell on your suggestion...

by onbliss In reply to I would recommend a lower ... take pictures at lower megapixels. Like you said, most of the time I take pictures to develop as 4x6 or 5x7.


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advantage of higher pixels

by jdclyde In reply to I am seriously going to d ...

sometimes you want to **** it up to make that 8x10. I have that option later on.

sometimes there is a section I want to crop off. If I have a higher resolution, I can enlarge a section without getting grainy as quickly.

get the bigger card and get the best you can.

You only have one chance to get "that pic" sometimes, and if you have it in a higher resolution, you have more options available to you later on.

The best is none too good for me! B-)

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I agree

by Dr Dij In reply to advantage of higher pixel ...

and I'd never set the quality less than the max for jpegs (tho maybe I'd set as highest jpeg vs 'RAW' format which is huge)

I had problem, someone took pix I had to use with nikon coolpix and at whatever setting they used, the background color (outdoors - shades were similar) but became ONE exact color, so the whole background is solid/blotchy, looked terrible!

Of course that is because I have basically 'infinite' storage for pix, meaning I can take with me as many mini-dvd disks as I could ever fill with pictures in the alloted time.

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just an example at 1.2 megapixel setting,

by UncleRob In reply to I am seriously going to d ...

I can take almost 380-400 pictures on one 256mb memory stick, at 2.0 megapixel setting, I can get almost 200 pictures on my 256mb memory stick.

However if you do plan on making large size prints, use the higher megapixel setting on your camera, that's it what it's for. Otherwise for just 4x6, 5x7 pics, leave it at the lower res setting. Test it out before the trip to see the results and then make your decision.

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Yeah it is SD...

by onbliss In reply to Memory sticks on a Canon? ...

...I just used "memory stick" kind of losely. :-)) Yup I have sufficient AA batteries and a charger to go with it.

Thanks for you tip regarding Immodium :-) We had it in our checklist.

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just in case you missed it...

by UncleRob In reply to Yeah it is SD...

check out my extremely verbose post at the link above...


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Once bitten...

by onbliss In reply to Memory sticks on a Canon? ...

..we were driving through Custer State Park. And we saw a good sized herd of Buffaloes coming our way. I started taking pictures as well as movie clips (on the camcorder). Imagine when the herd was very close to the road,my batteries conked out :-( I can't remember which one (camer or video camcorder) that died. I did not have any spare at that moment. Imagine my anger at myself.

Ever since, I make it a point to carry extra batteries, mini-DVs, film rolls etc.

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