/ Laptop or tablet for viewing photos and movies 'in the field'
So... I either live with this annoyance or look at some new hardware. Assuming I go for the latter then I guess I've got a few options.
Cheapo (but probably heavy and unpleasant) windows laptop
Mid range nicer Windows laptop
Low end (but high price) Apple laptop
Tablet of some kind... Nexus 7 though to latest iPad.
I really don't enjoy using Windows, but I'd probably put up with it for a cheap, lighweight solution (like I have with the NC10). I also don't enjoy carting a huge heavy latop around. So that leaves me favouring an Apple laptop or a tablet. I can't really jusify the cash for a Macbook (although I could try to justify it by using it as a work laptop, but I get given one of those for free anyway...)
So, that leaves tablets. I can;t get a clear answer on whether the Nexus 7 could handle may demands, but equally I'm not sure even the top iPad can handle AVCHD direct from an SD card flawlessly. Any experience or tips?
Most tablets won't take an SD card nowadays...
However, if you can find a means of getting the files onto the tablet (camera with WiFi), that's probably the most cost effective and portable way forward. We've just got a Nexus 10, and the screen is pretty impressive.
Tablet with micro SD
I was hoping a plug-in SD card reader or direct camera connection over USB would be the solution, but this doesn't seem to be very well supported, especially for video.
you can get a plug-in sd card reader for ipads on amazon and presumably from Apple
I suppose also for other makes
I have a Nexus 7, it is easy attach a card reader to it and transfer jpegs across from an SD card
You need a cable, card reader and app.
I have not tried to transfer RAW files yet and I know nothing about video.
I did say Micro SD. :-)
There is also a micro USB so you may be able to use a SD card-reader.
My own tablet which is a year old has micro SD, full size SD, full size USB, micro HDMI and removable keyboard. You can still get them but tech has moved on a lot in a year.
Personally, for viewing photos and movies in the field, you have to spend a lot to get a tablet that will work well in bright sunlight and a laptop will always outperform a tablet for editing.
When I said 'in the field' I meant from the comfort of my tent/cottage/caravan. I won't be using it much outdoors, but would like to see what I've got at the end of each day rather than at the end of a one or two week trip.
If I was editing, I'd go for a Macbook. The editing can wait until I get home, I just want the ability to view. Some ability to back up would be nice as well.
Its an Asus Pad TF300. Similar to the link I gave but comes with a keyboard.
I'll have a play with my Nexus later and see what it can do.
wot about a wifi sd card? mymemory had them for less than £30 this week.
depends, many tablets are "cheap" because they don't pay MS for the priviledge of using the FAT file system that is common on consumer device SD cards.
but you can do what you are talking about fairly simply. you get yourself a simple mini/micro USB to full sized USB adapter and then either plug your camera or a card reader into the adapter
on android devices you can use RAWdroid to view and transfer the files to your tablet / phone
video will depend on the format. again on my phone, if i copy my canon / gopro vids to the phone memory they both play just fine in the default video player (my phone is not even "that" new galaxy s2 which is now 2 years old.)
total cost of the addons? can be done for under £10 :-)
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