Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?

Started Sep 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark B.
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Re: Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?
In reply to MPA1, Sep 30, 2013

MPA1 wrote:

marvin t martian wrote:

Digital cameras know perfectly well how to read and write files on FAT formatted flash cards, so adding support for external (USB) HDD's needn't be all that complicated.

Many consumer external drives are formatted with NTFS or HFS+. These file systems are much more complex than the FAT or exFAT file systems used on flash memory cards.

Engineering a camera to write to NTFS would not be an insurmountable problem but it would be a non-trivial project to develop and would require non-trivial hardware to implement.

However....an iPhone is certainly 'non trivial hardware' so if a small box that size can hold all that is needed do do what an iPhone can do, such a box should hold all needed to achieve this and it would be smaller and lighter and (hopefully!) cheaper than a laptop.

...and yet my iPhone can't even save files to any external memory card.  The only trick it can do is d/l from an SD card with an adapter.

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