I have been a happy owner of IBM microdrive 340MB since the first day bought my Canon S10 in 2000. The digital photography is just great, fire at will. I have never been short of "film" except last trip to China. But now, things are changing. With the increasing pixel count in new cameras, I am in serious thinking of getting more storage space for even daily shooting. 340MB is unfortunately not enough, but how much more should I get for a 6MB pixel digital SLR? In RAW mode it takes 7MB/pic and large fine 2.5MB/pic. How about a 14-day trip to New Zealand or 20-day trip to Europe? I cannot figure out how many giges will be satisfactory.
I have heard about digital album stuff long time ago but never thought need it until recently. It seems that this solution would be the best for a traveler's investment. Even a 3g may be good enough for about one week travelling shooting. A 10g is probably sufficient in any cases of 2 week travelling.
With the currently available four solutions (DA/DW/IT/), I was initialy interested in the digital album. Nixvue just announced anupgrade model in PMA2002. Yes its great but the price stops me. If the video out and print out are really important to me then I dont mind spending S$1000 to get one. But what I want is not much more than a portable disk on the road, so it may not be my best pick. After some searching, I found the Image Tank is well suited to my taste, cheaper and more flexible in terms of changing HD. Here are some questions to ask before I get it.
1. Any shops can i go to get a quotation?
2. The basic model does not include a battery kit, where to buy or how to make a DIY one?
3. Is it writable from PC. If yes, does it mean that I can use it as a portable harddisk?
4. Your own opinion if you have used it before.
thx a lot