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Topic # 116667 6-May-2013 14:59
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Something I've been thinking about since before I bricked my HTC droid (I now have a Lumia 620 Cool)...

Is there a way to get a Win 8 phone's USB to read SDHC cards that have been used in a camera, review the shots via the touchscreen, and then pipe them out as a backup to an external HDD (prob with its own power supply)?


As an amateur photographer, I'm thinking about when I travel overseas. I don't want to carry too much kit, and data charges to back up photos to the cloud (DSLR, ~30Mb a shot RAW+JPG) would kill any data plan pretty quickly. Those handheld screen/reader/hdd combos are somewhat expensive, and to me would be merely duplicating what could be done with existing hardware.

I'm thinking perhaps getting the phone to use the SDHC slot in the camera and its USB connection (so that you don't need to carry a specific external card reader), suck it up to the phone's memory, and then push it back down to a HDD. I'm sure there would be problems with matching cable types (microUSB, miniUSB etc) and the whole USB asymmetric topology thingy. What about using a USB hub?

The software itself wouldn't be hard, tho I'm not a developer.

Has anyone investigated this? Thoughts?

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Jon




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  Reply # 812415 6-May-2013 23:13
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surely just buying a bunch of SHDC cards would be the easiest option? :)

its only $30 or so for 32GB cards these days unless you go for the super high speed ones.




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  Reply # 813004 7-May-2013 16:33
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Yeah, cards are cheap. I do use the fast ones, so not quite so cheap. But that doesn't solve the problem of backing them up so as not to lose them while traveling. I keep my full cards with my passport but it's always possible to get that stolen, so what other options do I have?




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  Reply # 813280 7-May-2013 21:00
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well shifting them from SDHC to a portable HDD doesn't really achieve the "backing up so as not to lose while travelling" goal... the best option there is to get an unlimited wireless plan (in Oz or USA for example) or drop into an internet cafe every now and then and send to the cloud.




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