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

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Re: Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?
In reply to Chris Malcolm, Sep 30, 2013

Chris Malcolm wrote:

I'm in the middle of a 3 week holiday in Sicily. I used up most of my air baggage space & weight with camera, lenses, tripod, etc.. I took 2 x 32GB SD cards which I estimated rightly would be enough, given that when handheld sightseeing snapping I don't use RAW & mostly turn down the MP to 12.

But I wanted web access, GPS mapping & navigation, plus the ability to do at least some minimal image editing and uploading to the web while on holiday. A laptop much too big & heavy. So I took along my Nexus 7 Android tablet with a small Bluetooth keyboard. With the usual OTG USB cable & a USB card reader it can read the camera's memory card, including RAW files. I can display and edit these more easily & better than I expected to be able to, including curves, downsizing, altering jpeg compression ratios. Not as well as I'll be able to do when I get back home to my desktop computer. But more than well enough to supply good images to local friends while out here.

I trust memory cards much more than hard drives from having read research reports on the reliability of the technologies involved.

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Chris Malcolm

Personally I have had more card failures than HDD failures (2 versus zero in about 15 years of using both)

However, if you substitute spinning drives for drive-sized SSD's you still can't write images straight to them from the camera.

Since an SSD appears (and I am no techno geek) on the surface to be equivalent to a giant Compact Flash card, it seems feasible that a camera should be able to connect direct to one with a USB cable and copy images direct to a 960Gb SSD.

A couple of SSD's weigh far less than a laptop etc and when you get home you pop them into a Thunderbolt desk mount and bingo - a few minutes and 10 weeks of RAW files are imported.

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