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Camera Buddy 120GB

by Storage Depot
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Quick and convenient way to store digital photos
  • Copy digital photo's, video, audio and data files while on the road, without a computer
  • Lets you to re-use your memory card if away on holiday
  • Also a high speed, high capacity USB2.0 portable Hard Disk
  • Card reader for memory cards (supports all major memory cards)
  • Copy and transfer files between memory cards and computer

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • ASIN: B000C1YVX4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 May 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,569 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The camera buddy is probably the most cost effective photo storage product on the market today. You can store all your photos as the touch of a button. All types of memory cards are accepted (please check compatibility), and with various capacities available, there will be a Camera Buddy to suit your pocket!

The Camera Buddy can also be used as a regular USB connected hard drive, and because it has batteries, it can prolong the life of your laptops battery if you use it out in the field.

The Camera Buddy features a multi format card reader, supporting the following formats: Compact FlashTM Card type I/type II (CF), IBM ®MicroDrive, Smart Media TM Card (SM), Memory Stick® (MS), MS Pro, MS Duo, Secure Digital Card (SD), Mini SD, MultiMedia Card (MMC), RSMMC & Olympus xD-Picture Card

It's suitable for any type of photographer; instead of having loads of memory cards, get a couple memory cards, and back them up onto the camera buddy in a flash. Then, when you get back to your hotel, office or home, you can download the photos onto your computers hard drive, edit them and save them. You can of course just edit them on the Camera Buddy (via the computer) as well.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does What It Says On The Tin 22 Aug 2010
By Nat L
I have just received my Camera Buddy and have tested it out by loading three SD cards to it and connecting it to my computer to ensure that the files can be recovered. This review is not, therefore, the result of a long-term test but I will update the review in due course.

The Camera Buddy is well packaged and is supplied with:
- a mains charger;
- a single USB cable which has a mini-usb socket for connecting to the unit at one end and two normal USB sockets for connecting to the computer at the other end;
-a protective carry case;and
- a manual.

There are three different slots on the unit to accommodate the various types of card - I only have SD cards so can't comment on the other types.

After charging up the unit, I inserted the first SD card and held the on-off switch down for a couple of seconds. The unit recognised the SD card and, after I held the copy switch down, copied the contents of the card to the unit. I successfully repeated the exercise with two other cards.

When I connected it to my computer the unit was immediately recognised as another drive. It showed one folder entitled "Files" which contained three sub-folders named SD00001, SD0002 and SD0003. Each of the sub-folders contained copies of the respective SD cards. Incidentally, all of my photos were in RAW format.

So far so good. It's doing exactly what is says on the tin and seems to be ideal for my purposes. The only downside is the documentation. The manual is in two languages: what I guess is Chinese [because the unit was manufactured in China] and a translation into English by somebody for whom English is obviously a second language. In itself this is not really a problem but the manual does have some peculiar contents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Camera Buddy 1 Jun 2009
Efficient, easy, safe, allows use of cards over and over again. assurance backup is safe. Great product.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy: 3 Oct 2010
By jonty
I bought two of these to take travelling. Both had faults within 1 month of usage.

1. The battery life is non existent and cannot be relied on and you constantly think that it'll run out at any time.
2. Frequently freezes.
3. Doesn't always copy the photos.

One of them broke and I almost lost all the photos from it and it took 2 days until it worked long enough to get all the photos off.

I have a vosonic hard drive and this has been far more reliable even though it is older and been abused much more.

Don't be cheap and pay a little bit more and get piece of mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By LadyV
I bought one of these to enable me to take a backup of an SD card where it wasn't practical to take a laptop (at a wedding - I wanted to keep a copy of my photos and video but to also give them to the bride and groom). I didn't need to be able to preview the images, and I didn't need to move them off the original card either, which is why I opted for this over the more expensive Vosonic models.

The Camera Buddy is an excellent idea in principle, but in reality it really could be much better. I had no problems copying data from the SD card as the interface is extremely easy to use (which is just as well as the manual isn't great!). I did, however, struggle to then get the photos off the Camera Buddy and onto my computer. It took a while for the drive to be recognised in Windows Explorer. When it did, it then took 3 or 4 attempts to transfer all of the data off it, as it would freeze and crash my computer.

In summary, it is a useful gadget if you need to copy the contents of an SD card without a laptop. I would not delete photos off the original cards as I am not 100% confident that I would be able to retrieve them off the Camera Buddy. If the reason you are looking at this is so that you can free up space on your SD card to be able to take more photos, you would be much better off just buying more SD cards instead.
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