Trade Tricks: Computer-Less Downloads
View, copy and safeguard your digital photographs in the field
Photographers are investing in higher-capacity memory cards and most of us are happily filling them up with digital images. If nature abhors a vacuum, then photographers dislike empty space on a card. But what happens if you aren't close enough to a desktop computer to download those hundreds of photographs?
Digital photo albums provide a palm-sized solution in the form of a portable hard drive with a color LCD screen. With capacities of up to 40 GB, these devices accept CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick and other media. The images are then copied to a hard drive and immediately viewable.
Right On The Screen
The heart of these devices is the full-color LCD screen that serves not only as the means to review images, but also to navigate various built-in functions. These functions include playback modes for the production of slideshows viewable either on screen, on a television or via a projector.
Depending on the model you're using, the size and resolution of a screen will vary. The Epson P-2000 features a 3.8-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It delivers the brilliance and saturation of slide film, but is a little dark. The Transcend Digital Album includes a 2.5-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 294 x 228 pixels. A more affordable model, this unit offers good brightness, but less resolution than the Epson.
Rather than handing off your camera to share your images, a portable hard drive with a screen provides an easy way for several people to simultaneously enjoy the images you've captured.