Performance, speed, reliability, durability, portability. . . These are the top factors that determine which digital media storage devices will find their way into your gearbag.
Studio Photography offers a glimpse at some of the latest entries into this constantly evolving marketplace. For more options and info, visit the individual company websites.
Buffalo Technology’s new line of USB 2.0 flash drives offers two levels of performance for pro photographers: the High Speed Type E (ideal for everyday use) and the Ultra High Speed Type S (for transferring high-volume files quickly and easily, up to 1GB in less than a minute).
The Ultra High Speed Type S is also fully compatible with Microsoft Vista’s Ready Boost technology. Both the Type S and Type E drives include SecureLockWare, Buffalo’s encryption software, which uses the AES encryption algorithm to secure data, making it virtually impossible for unauthorized users to extract data from the devices. The drives are plug-and-play and include an attachable cap and extension cable. Both drives are available in capacities of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB. Type E is also available in 128MB.
There’s something to be said for self-branding: Calumet has introduced its own line of digital media storage with its ProSpec memory cards, offering high-speed performance for any digital camera. ProSpec 150x CompactFlash (CF) cards are available in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB sizes, while the ProSpec 75x Secure Digital (SD) cards are available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacities. All cards come with a “hassle-free” lifetime warranty.
Centon Electronics announced the release of the DataStick, now up to 8GB capacity. The USB 2.0–compatible DataSticks are an ideal companion for high-speed transferring of photos and other electronic data. With its durable aluminum casing, extra cap, and built-in lanyard/keychain connection, the DataStick can easily withstand the bumps and bruises they may encounter on location shoots.
Delkin Devices has increased the performance of its high-speed eFilm PRO CompactFlash memory card line to 150X. The PRO CompactFlash card, which comes in the Type I format, enables photographers working with ever-increasing file sizes to streamline the digital workflow process. Delkin’s enhanced PRO card boasts transfer speeds of up to 22.5 MB/sec and is currently available in capacities of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB.
The Epson P-3000 and P-5000, handheld multimedia storage viewers for today’s digital photographer, uses Epson’s exclusive Photo Fine Ultra technology to feature the world’s first four-color filter system, displaying 16.7 million colors to deliver Adobe RGB color support.
The P-3000 and P-5000 offer 40GB and 80GB hard drive capacities, respectively, and both feature a high-quality, four-inch LCD, wider file support (including RAW), faster download and processing speeds (up to 250 times faster than previous models), built-in memory card slots, and longer battery life than previous Epson models. An improved interface and three viewing modes enable users to quickly organize files, create albums and slideshows, and assign file ratings for easy access. The units are designed with a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for quick and easy file transfer to a computer.
The Kanguru QuickSilver drive with eSATA/USB 2.0 features the latest external hard drive technology to meet the needs of pro photographers. Equipped with both eSATA and USB 2.0 connections, the drives are available in capacities up to 750GB and are plug-and-play-compatible and hot-swappable. The lightweight units can be set up either horizontally or vertically and come in a newly designed alloy case for better heat dissipation.
Kingston Technology Company has introduced the DataTraveler Mini, using Migo Software technology to give users the ability to seamlessly transform any PC into a personalized workspace. The DataTraveler Mini with Migo automatically synchronizes data, keeps versions current, and leaves no trace of personal data on other systems, giving consumers the freedom to work safely on multiple PCs. Once reconnected with any previously synchronized computer, the Data Traveler Mini with Migo automatically synchronizes and updates as necessary.
The colorful drives (available in red for the 512MB version, light blue for the 1GB model, and light purple for the 2GB), feature a sliding retractable USB connector, or “capless’ design,” eliminating the possibility of losing the cover during transport.
There’s lots of news on the storage front from Lexar, starting with its new JumpDrive 360, a “capless” drive encased in a stylish rotating metal jacket. Available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and preloaded with Lexar’s PowerToGo mobile computing software, the drive comes bundled with the company’s Secure II software. Lexar has also upgraded its JumpDrive Mercury USB flash drive with the PowerToGo platform.
The Mercury features a built-in capacity meter that lets the user know how much memory is available even when power is removed. (Existing JumpDrive Mercury customers can get a free version of PowerToGo software simply by visiting www.lexar.com/PowerToGo and downloading a full version of the software at no additional cost.) All Lexar JumpDrive products will be compatible with Windows Vista, and all the company’s speed-rated drives will be enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost.