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User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Guys I recently returned from a USA trip after using my Digital Wallet I was so impressed I thought I would tell you about it. I'm no salesman but I think every serious Digital photographer should think about it.

The Digital Wallet What is it?
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Well its a small portable Storage device which comes in 4 sizes (3GB, 6GB, 10GB, 20GB) The unit is designed to store your Digital Images, Video Clips and general data storage. It weights around 12 ounces and comes in 2 colours(Grey or see through) It is a mobile unit. It connects to your computer via USB and when installed acts as a new drive letter.

How easy is it to use?
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Very easy to install and operate. The unit runs from supplied batteries which claim to last 120 Minutes of constant use. I found it very easy to use. The Digital Wallet requires a PCMCIA adaptor for your required storage card. Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Smartmedia and IBM Microdrive are all supported. The main unit has a LCD display which lets you see your hard disk contents. The easy to use menu set up lets you upload, format, check disk space or format your hard drive contents. The unit is quick to upload, it took less than 1min 30sec for a full 64MB Sony stick.

How many Photos?
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Depending on your camera file output the DW is basically no different from a normal Hard Disk. The 2.5Inch Toshiba disk can hold 2500-2600 Sony DSC-F707 2560X1920 photographs. Top that!

How Much?
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In the United Kingdom this unit is hard to find. I priced the unit at over 400GBP for the 3GB version+the PCMCIA Sony adapter at 65GBP. This made it to expensive!

In the USA! I bought the unit for $169. Now add the tax and think about how much I saved! Also I bought the Sony PCMCIA adapter for $60. Total costing was around $235 inc Tax. Now that's around 170GBP

Why does the USA shopping network make us Brit look stupid!

Minds at Work Links
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Digital Wallet Data Sheet PDF
http://www.mindsatwork.net/pdf/dwdatasheet.pdf

Digital Wallet Info Page
http://www.mindsatwork.net/productsdigitalwallet.htm

PCMall (Where I bought it)
http://www.pcmall.com Search for Digital Wallet

I have found no problems with the Digital Wallet. Some say it looks rather bland or made of cheap plastic. For me it does the job I can go away wherever and never worry about how many shots before I run out of space.

Go get one!

Colin

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User currently offlineMudozvon From Russia, joined Nov 1999, 88 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

Hi,

I haven't heard about this thing, but here in Moscow we are able to get the so called ZIV-drive. It connects via the USB port and presents in 4 formats: 10, 15, 20 and 30 Gb.
It looks quite attractive and I can even drop it with no damage. They sell it in different colors: black, silver, red and blue metallic. I've paid 235USD for 10Gb device.
More information on http://www.ziv.ru though written in Russian and needs some translation. Try electronic translators for that.

Leonid Faerberg


User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 856 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

Colin wrote:

Why does the USA shopping network make us Brit look stupid!

Yea, but at least you Brits can shoot at your local airports without being harrassed!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Anyway, I too have been thinking about picking up a Digital Wallet. Don't know too much about 'em though. I have two cameras - one uses CF cards, the other Memory Stick. Will one Digital Wallet work with both?

-Scott


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Colin,

As a prospective digital user (I wish  Big grin), let me get this straight...

This digital wallet is a stand alone battery powered gadget which has a capactity of 3gB or more. Its possible to plug a compact flash card into it and download the images shot on a digital camera to the wallet. So I could shoot onto a CF card, and when it got full download the stuff to the wallet. And when I get home I can plug it into my PC and upload all the pics to my regular hard drive. And I can get this thing for $235 including adaptor card when I'm in the states in four weeks time.

Am I correct??? Man, if so, I need a D30, and quickly...  Nuts

Andy


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

@Andy: You should get Your D30 quick!

All you wrote is true. Although its not battery powered but powered by rechargeables. And you connect it to your PC via USB.
I have one too and it serves me very good.
Peter



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

You know where i could find this thing? Would it be at my local BestBuy or CompUSA or am i gonna have to go online?

User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

I was in CompUSA last week but they didnt have it. I ordered on-line from PCMall and shipped to a buddys house in MIA.

Andy you are correct. The Digital Wallet works with any Media card so long as they have a PCMCIA adapter card.

I just formatted the Digital Wallet after my trip in the USA. I managed just under 1000 pictures of various things. If I had to use memory sticks that would be around 15-20 64Meg Memory Sticks worth of data.

Just look at that cost saving alone.

I guess us Brits are lucky we can shoot at our own airport. But why do/did the American's always go OTT??

Colin


User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 1124 times:

Ref:
I guess us Brits are lucky we can shoot at our own airport. But why do/did the American's always go OTT??

This comment OTT stands for Over The Top. Something which we witnessed American security conducting. Mostly Over The Top in the wrong ways!

Comment not against Scott

Colin


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 1123 times:

OK, so 1000 pictures is around 27 films, which for K64 would cost somewhere between $150 and £190 ($220 to $270 or so I guess). I guess it depends how often you shoot that sort of quantity of pics, but the math, given that I've shot that sort of numbers on a trip to Florida, certainly starts to make the digital argument more compelling.

Andy


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

LOT, Check http://cameraworld.com If you want to go to a store, try the local "big" camera store in Chicago. I'm sure there is a place that has it.

I got mine there and while I haven't been shooting on a trip yet, I do like the fact that I can put word files on there and so on. It's like a 10gig external drive. It holds about 10,000(!!!) D1X files, shot at JPG Normal with auto white-balance. This translates to about 278 rolls of 36 exposure film (if I did my math correct)

It plugs right into my laptop, or via USB to the regular computer. I think it's well worth the money, and IMO it's a great way to store other things, like Excel or Word stuff, or Powerpoint.





User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

I only have great things to say about the Digital Wallet.

For me it saved me hundreds on those Memory sticks which are no good on vacation unless you have lots of them. I bought the product and it has opened up new doors for my Digital Photography world.

I can now shoot everything at HQ and High Res. I can also take 3 or 4 subject shots if i wish under different camera settings. I can now store images, files, Data and nip round to a friends house and show him or download files to his computer.

Its quick, cheap(USA) and very effective. A great product.

Colin


User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Check this info out and look at those horrible UK prices.

http://www.megapixels.co.uk/merchant/digital_wallet.htm


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Thanks Chrisair, i bookmarked that link that you gave me and ill look into it. Im probably going to get that 10gig digital wallet in 3-4 months.

User currently offlineGlenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1091 times:

Been using a 10 GIG digital wallet for some time now. Surprised to here that it is still news to some  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
By all means well worth the $1500 Aussie dollars. And a must for digital users


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Colin, I'm just interested in the recharging process. Namely, is it a standard DC power input, or is the AC adapter multi-voltage? I'm in the US in March, so I might pick one up as long as I can recharge the batteries when I get home!  Smile

User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

Well I have used it in the USA to charge, the car to charge and at home to charge. All i used was a American-British converter plug.

Colin



User currently offlinePeachair From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 367 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

Collin - Thanks for the info!
I also hav a Sony DSC-F707. Does the data transfer from the memory stick to the digital wallet or from the camera to the digital wallet? Thanks



User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

The transfer is always from the Medium (Compact-flash,, Smartmedia or memory stick) to the wallet, never from the camera.
Peter



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