Digital Foci Picture Porter 35 PPR-350 250 GB Digital Photo Manager with 3.5-Inch LCD Display – Product Description:
Picture Porter 35 Photo Manager – Store, view, manage, and share digital photos anywhere you go. *Ultimate digital camera companion: Simply insert the memory card from your digital camera into Picture Porter 35 and download images into its built-in hard drive. *Works with CF, MMC , SD/HC Card, miniSD, MS, MS PRO, MS Duo, xD-Picture Card, and USB flash drive. *Copies 1GB in under 2 minutes. *View images full screen or browse thumbnails; zoom, pan, rotate, view EXIF information and histogram, and play picture slideshows of your images (including RAW image content). *Advanced file management features – copy, rename, delete files, sort files by name or date, create new folders. *Use Export feature to make a copy of your selected photos to the Export folder. Perfect for photographers to sort through and organize newly acquired photos at any convenient opportunity. *PhotoMemo record and playback feature lets you record notes for photos while ideas are fresh in your mind, or add audio messages to personalize your photo slideshow. *Support IPTC metadata viewing for photo descriptions and opyright information. *Portable digital entertainment center: Carry your collection of photos, music, and video with you and enjoy them anywhere. *Playlist feature lets you create unique photo slideshows on Picture Porter 35. *Bi-directional data transfer: Copy directly from memory card or USB flash drive to Picture Porter 35 and vice versa. *You can even back up the entire Picture Porter 35 hard drive to USB external hard drive through the USB-OTG cable without a computer. *Compatible with PC and Mac. Package includes Picture Porter 35, user-replaceable rechargeable Polymer Li-Ion battery, AC power adapter USB cable (to computer), USB-OTG cable (to USB Mass Storage Device), earphones, RCA cable for audio/video output, custom carrying case, wrist strap, User’s Guide, and Quick Start Guide.
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Digital Foci Picture Porter 35 PPR-350 250 GB Digital Photo Manager with 3.5-Inch LCD Display – Review:
GARY IS MISSING THE POINT OF THIS DEVICE!
Gary is missing the point of this device. Yes, it does view pictures – but that’s not its main function. (And he’s right in saying that if all you want is a great photo viewer, then just get yourself a good smartphone or iPod touch or similar.) Where this device’s main strength lies is in its capacity as a “photo storage tank” – that is, a device that will let you back up the data from your digital camera’s memory cards. Let’s say you’re on vacation and you take a lot of pictures and fill up your memory card. What do you do? You could offload your pictures onto a computer, but then that would mean you’d have to bring your laptop with you, and you might not want to do that. (Also the Picture Porter is a heck of a lot more portable than even the smallest netbook) Also it can be used to prevent you from losing all of your pictures if you lose your camera, your camera is stolen, or your camera’s memory card fails (rare, but it does happen on occasion). Of course it also functions well as a photo viewer, so you can easily review the pictures that you took on its nice big screen (bigger than the screens on most digital cameras, even DSLR’s).
The unit is small and lightweight, easy to pack in even the most crowded camera bags. Battery life is superb – on one recent shoot I was able to back up eight 8 GB CompactFlash cards and the battery didn’t even dip below 50%. Copy speed was a bit slow – maybe 15-20 minutes for an 8 GB CompactFlash card – but wasn’t too bad. Also transfer speed to the computer was about the same as any external USB 2.0 hard drive. Since it presents itself as a standard USB 2.0 external hard drive when plugged into your computer, it will work with both Windows and Mac (probably even Linux too, though I haven’t tried) and requires no special drivers or software.
My only complaint is with its user interface and control scheme/button layout – it can be quite confusing when you’re first learning it, but even once you’ve used it for a while, you can still get confused. It’s not very intuitive. But the basic “copy contents of memory card to the internal hard drive” function is fairly simple, so if that’s all you want to use it for, then you’re fine.