Editorial - State of the Portable Storage Market

Started May 26, 2004 | Discussions thread
Jason Nakrani New Member • Posts: 19
Re: Hear, hear, Full support

I agree with all of you, these PSD are missing the target. What I want to know is: Can I go out and buy one of those Western Digital External 250gb Hard Drives with USB and Firewire connections and transfer the photo's to the 250gb drive from the camera to free up the CF card?

My setup would work like this, there is a 1.0gb CF Card in the camera, when the card is full, take the camera's USB cable, plug it into the external USB 250gb hard drive, transfer the photo's over to the 250, the CF card in the camera is now empty and I can keep shooting?

and the 250gb drive will hold how many 6mp RAW photo's? that 12gb 80x flash card that they just announced is something like $14,000 USD? the External Hard drive is only like $300-$400

Ambers wrote:
Full and total support - I am currently working in KL and spent
the last 12 months in Korea (the home of the chip). I can buy all
the bits cheaply - all I want is them in one box at a reasonable
price. Portable hardrives are everywhere and very reasonably
priced as are phone, calulator, minie PC of every description and
size in these markets - just no wires running between them.

Monica wrote:
I couldn't agree more, except with contention #3, which in its full
glory wants these devices just for photos.

Video recording is a huge bonus of digital cameras, for me at any
rate. As long as a PSD can recognize, store, and playback the
multiple formats common among most digital cameras (.JPG, RAW,
.AVI, .MPEG, .WAV), then count me in.

A strongly-held conviction on connectivity issues: there's no
reason these things shouldn't have a decent on-board display as
well as being NTSC/PAL compatible for TV viewing.

I was on the tippy-toe verge of splurging on a FlashTrax not to
long ago, but the price vs. features seemed to me to be the
prohibitive factor, and I chickened out on the purchase. I just
want what LeeLove wants, too, and I think manufacturers are missing
out on a huge market of digital camera enthusiasts by trying to
offer PSDs that are the equivalent of a four-corkscrew Swiss Army


LeeLove wrote:

Is it just me or does $700 for a PSD seem ridiculous ? What is
Nikon thinking ?

So now that I have got that off my chest here are some constructive
comments on what a PSD should have in order to be truly successful.

In order of importance.

1. Reliability, Reliability, Reliability
2. Rugged
3. Made for Digital Photography
4. Value per Dollar

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