April 26, 2005
Apple iPod Camera Connector
Check out the full review of the new iPod Camera Connector
from Apple. Since I am going on vacation next week, I was looking for some way to backup my camera photos to a laptop. In fact, I was planning on "lugging" my laptop while on vacation. I learned the hard way that backing up photos is critical as my camera was stolen on the plane on the way to my honeymoon with my wife. It even had our wedding pictures on it (which were not downloaded/backed up). Ouch!
(begin rant)To the person who stole the camera, I hope you feel really good about yourself when you turn on the camera and see there were precious irreplaceable wedding photos on it. May you burn in hell.
In any event, this review found that it works well with listed compatible cameras as well as a couple of other cameras not specifically listed as compatible. Basically, if your camera supports any of the PTP, Type 4, or Mass Storage storage formats, you’ll probably be able to use it with the connector.
Overall, they recommend the iPod Camera Connector ($29) as a less expensive alternative to the Belkin Digital Camera Link for iPod
(~$79). (see photo)
Belkin Digital Camera Connector iPod
For one, you can actually view the transferred photos right away on the iPod photo with the iPod Camera Connector. They did find that the transfer speed was a bit slow and the drain on the iPod photo battery to be significant. Additionally, the Apple iPod Camera Connector only works with iPod Photo and not iPod Mini or regular iPod. Since I do not own an iPod Photo, (I have a regular iPod) this is a big drawback. I guess I will be spending the $79 for the Belkin Digital Camera Link for iPod. Or simply lug the laptop on my vacation. If I do lug the laptop I could continue to blog from my trip. Hmmmm...Very tempting.