Sony has announced the Photo Vault, a portable CD burner for photographers on the move. Users can burn images onto an 8cm disc in approximately nine minutes as well as view shots as a slideshow on a TV using the video out connection. The Mini CD-R Station accepts images from Memory Stick (using the built-in slot), USB devices and digital cameras with their own storage media. It takes four AA batteries, which can burn up to 10 8cm discs and is available now for around £199 ($300).

Press release:

Sony PHOTO VAULT burns and plays digital photos on the move

Ultra-portable Mini CD-R Station frees memory space of digital cameras and plays slideshows on TV without a PC

Paris, 27th September, 2004 - At Photokina 2004, Sony will be launching the ultra-portable PHOTO VAULT "Burn & Play" solution, a portable Mini CD-R Station targeted at digital photographers on the move or on holiday. The PHOTO VAULT enables users to burn digital photos on an 8cm CD-R disc and so free up memory space on the camera itself, then share them with others and watch the photos as a slideshow on a TV. The new Mini CD-R Station and photo player has a built-in Memory Stick slot and USB interface as well as a video output to TV, meaning users have no requirement for a PC when wanting to save or view photos.

Céline Haffner, European Product Manager for Sony’s IT Media department said, “The PHOTO VAULT is designed to make life easier for the increasing number of digital photography lovers. Running out of space on removable storage media when using a digital still camera or a smartphone while travelling is no longer a problem as the new PHOTO VAULT transfers the files onto 8cm CD-R discs allowing room for more photos. PHOTO VAULT is actually the latest in a trend of highly portable and convenient PC-free products, such as printers with memory card slot”.

PHOTO VAULT uses 8cm CD-R discs each containing 200MB (1) of storage space, the equivalent of around 200 digital images, depending on image resolution. It accepts digital photos from three different sources, directly from Memory Stick® (2), from USB Storage Media and from digital still cameras with their own storage media connected via the standard USB interface (3). All operations can be easily controlled and monitored by the product’s 4 buttons and LCD display.

JPEG photos stored on these 3 sources or on 8cm CD-R discs can be viewed conveniently on a TV screen when connected to the video output. Images can be controlled by the on-screen display which features index pre-view, image rotation and slideshow functions.

PHOTO VAULT supports 4X maximum write speed, allowing users to record a full disc in approximately 9 minutes. In ‘Multi-session’ mode an 8cm CD-R disc can be recorded in several steps before finalising the disc. The user will be asked to insert additional discs if the source contains more than the 200MB of images which fit on one 8cm CD-R disc. The high burn-speed and portability of PHOTO VAULT means that several copies of 8cm CD-R discs containing images can be burned quickly in one place. This means users can distribute copies quickly and easily to friends and family after events such as parties or weddings.

With four AA size Alkaline or rechargeable batteries up to 10 8cm CD-R discs (4) can be recorded on the move, making the PHOTO VAULT a truly portable device. An external battery case is supplied with the product, as are an AC adaptor, a video-out cable and a blank 8cm CD-R disc. The tiny 8cm CD-R disc used by the PHOTO VAULT ensures that the unit measures just 112 x 91 x 24 mm and weighs less than 200 g (112 x 128 x 24 mm and 218 g with battery case, excluding batteries), setting it apart from the standard 12cm based products in the market.

The PHOTO VAULT will be available in Europe from October 2004.

1 Each 8cm CD-R disc holds between 185MB to 210MB of data (depending on the CD-R media manufacturer).
2 The Memory Stick PRO slot supports the following media: Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PROTM (parallel high-speed data transfer not supported) and Memory Stick DUOTM / Memory Stick PRO DUO (with adaptor)
3 The integrated USB port supports Digital Still Cameras (Mass storage class and Picture Transfer Protocol) and USB Storage Media. The latest compatibility list can be found at www.sony.net/photovault
4 When copying photos from a 128MB Memory Stick® using 4 x AA size Alkaline batteries.