Digital Camera on the Road
by Uwe Steinmueller
If you photograph with a digital Camera like the D1 and use only RAW format (as I do) this can create a lot of data in a short period of time. Think of a ten day trip and you would probably not want to have all photos stored on IBM Microdrives.(340MB not even 1GB)
Here is the math:
Here is my solution:
Part 1: Notebook with a lot of disk space (12GB has mine)
In some way a notebook PC or Mac is a must (I have a Sony Vaio PCG-Z505HS). The LCD displays are not great for really judging the images but you get an first impression.
But now you have all the valuable data on the notebook and the Microdrives fresh formatted.
Part 2: Secure Backup Strategy
Problems: Notebooks can get stolen or disk crashes (this is rare but the danger is real)
a) Take a CD writer with you and burn backup CDs
b) Have a backup disk
Solution (a) works but I opted for (b). What you need is reasonable priced storage which is also light and robust. This is where the DataBook from DataZone seems to be the right solution:
Light (12 ounces / 340 gram)
Installation for USB is pretty easy. Speed is slow but probably a lot faster than burning CDs.