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Old 06-22-2004, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a new toy this week!

For those of you that use a digital wallet to copy images from your camera memory card to a hard drive so you can reuse the card, you know that they all have their drawbacks. Such as:

slow speed
short battery life
canít display raw images
tiny display screen
canít customize them or use other software
limited functionality.
canít upgrade the HD yourself on many of them.

Sure, you can take a laptop to a shoot, but thatís heavy, cumbersome, and expensive.

This week, I got a Fujitsu Stylistic LT C-500. It is a tablet PC with a nice little 8.5" diagonal screen. The whole thing is only 2.5 lbs and less than 9.5x6.5 inches... just a little larger than a sheet of copy paper folded in half. It is everything Iíve ever wanted in a digital wallet!

- it is a real PC so I can load the Nikon software for image copying and camera interface, IPTC data, raw conversions, raw viewing, etc.
- I can also load Paintshop Pro, Photoshop, and other image editing software if I want to test something out while on a shoot.
- I can use any regular off the shelf software that I fancy for copying/indexing images from the CF card.
- it has a dedicated CF card slot so I donít have to take up the PCMCIA slot.
- I can put any size hard drive I want in it (I put in a 20GB for now)
- 2.5 hours of actual up and running usage on 1 battery... several days in sleep mode! Wakes up from sleep in about 7 seconds

Another benefit is that it is a passive touchscreen... so you donít have to have a special stylus like more recent tablets ... fingers, toothpicks, you can use almost anything to navigate the screen.

I also like the ďhard buttonsĒ on the face... the number pad, arrows keys, etc, are there so you can navigate through most image software and slideshows just pressing the arrow buttons with your fingers.

Models love it too... while driving back from a location shoot, they can browse the images in the car as I drive.

I can even throw this in the pocket of my vest, and shoot teathered (using a Firewire card in the PCMCIA slot).

It has a nice docking station with 10/100 ethernet, so when I get back home, I plug it in and get full 100MB transfer to the desktop for archiving.

As far as speed, it is faster copying from the CF card than any digital wallet Iíve used. About 1.4MB/sec. Copies a full 1GB microdrive in under 15 minutes. Best competitor Iíve had is a Flashtrax that took about 20 minutes for a full 1G.

CPU is a 500mHz Celeron but the only time I noticed CPU was maxed out was doing some image editing. Scrolling through images, slideshows, and copying files was not CPU intensive.

These have been out of production for at least a couple of years. I picked this one up off of eBay where they sell for around $350 to $550 depending on accessories included.

Here is a typical one:



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