Sony Japan today announced their new portable storage device aimed squarely at 'high megapixel digital still camera'. The HDD Photo Storage HDPS-M1 has a 40 GB hard disk built-in, Memory Stick and Compact Flash slots, a Lithium-Ion battery, a one-button Copy function and USB 2.0 (high speed) connectivity. Clearly designed to be very easy to use the HDPS-M1 has no LCD display or video output capability, instead it is purely intended to be used as a backup / mass storage device for digital photographers. The compact HDPS-M1 measures just 135 x 92 mm (5.3 x 3.5 in) and is 30 mm (1.1 in) thick, it weighs just 300 g (10.6 oz) ready to use. It's expected to go on sale in Japan on 18th June at a price of 29,800 YEN (approx. $270).

Phil: No word yet on whether this will make it's way to the rest of the world but I for one wouldn't mind one in my back pack.

Sony HDPS-M1 specifications

Model HDD Photo Storage HDPS-M1
Recording medium 2.5" 40 GB Hard Disk
Filesystem FAT32
Compatible storage media • Memory Stick
• Memory Stick Duo
• Memory Stick Pro
• Memory Stick Pro Duo
• Compact Flash Type I
• Compact Flash Type II (inc. Microdrive)
Interface USB 2.0 (High-Speed / Full-Speed*)
* When connected to non-USB 2.0 PC
Power supply • Built-in Lithium-Ion battery
• External AC adapter (supplied)
Charge time Approx. 4 hours
Battery life Approx. 60 minutes in use
Dimensions 135 x 92 x 30 mm (5.3 x 3.5 x 1.1 in)
Weight 300 g (10.6 oz)
Available 18th June - Japan
Price (exc. Tax) 29,800 YEN (approx. $270) - Japan

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