Cabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1137 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?
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?
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?
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!
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!
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.
Mudozvon From Russia, joined Nov 1999, 88 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
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.
Scooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 848 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
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!
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?
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
As a prospective digital user (I wish ), 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...
Cabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1015 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??
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 995 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.
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1925 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 986 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.
Cabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 981 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.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 946 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!