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Old 27 Jul 2008
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Need some advice on photo stoage

1) Need some advice on photo online storage. Namely which ones offers reasonable rates and good service. Mostly for posting on the HUBB and to share so top rate security is not need but long term storage is.

2) I am "up grading" to a Nikon D80 for my SLR but am looking for a new point and shoot. My Canon power shot A550 lived a short ruff life and needs a replacement. Im looking for a bit more rugged point and shoot it will be living in a pocket most of the time exposed to heat, cold, sand, water and vibrations.

3) Any one know of a good battery recharger one that works on a moto bike charging system? Im thinking of running a charger in a pelican case bolted to the rear cargo rack. But how is the heat build up in the charger? Will I need to vent the box?
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Hi, here are some ideas that may be of use:

1. I use Photobucket, it is a free storage system online and as a free user I get 1Gb of storage and 25Gb/month of bandwidth. At this stage I will stay with the free service. I will upgrade to a paid service when I get close to the limits. I only use the online service for storing those photos I have selected to be used in my blog. These have been resized and watermarked using a free program called Irfanview, so most pix are only about 100k or less. The full size photos I intend to burn to CD or DVD and send back home once in a while, just in case the HDD dies.

2. For a point and shoot, you could check one of these little beauties out. They are not the fastest response when taking a picture, but the quality is excellent as you would expect from Olympus. The link I have posted is for a slightly older version, the newer ones have even better specs. Mine has been in use for 2 years, it has been drop tested from height and been fishing and in storms. I keep it in my pocket, pull over and snap photos all the time. I also have a Gorilla flexible tripod to go with it.

3. I can't help here atm, I am running a full 240V inverter for a number of chargers(including camera) and laptop. This may get upgraded later to a dc/dc, I will keep an eye out for a response to this part of your thread. This will have a bearing on what camera you use, as most have dedicated batteries with a dedicated charging system

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Old 28 Jul 2008
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For photo storage I can highly recommend smugmug.com. They have a yearly fee but allow you complete control and when you send a link to your friends and family, they do not have to "sign in" or "create an account" to do so. They can view-- and download-- full size images if you want to allow that. Or you can limit that. They are very customer service oriented and used by thousands of photographers, many of whom run their professions from customized smugmug accounts. You can now even store RAW files, if you shoot RAW. Very robust, very reliable and a great value, IMO.

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Question No3 - removing the theat

Rather than venting the box .. with all the possiblity of water etc ..

you could arange a heat exchanger .. on the bottom of the box (out of the sun - therefore cooler) plasce a large bit of aluminium .. electonic stores should have a 'heat sink' if you want yet more cooling power .. cut a hole in the box so you can mount the hot items directly to the aluminium, seal the edge of the aluminium to the box and you have a heat exchanger - gets rid of the theat but retains the sealing of the box.

Most DC - DC charges do get warm .. say alow 20% (should be 10% or less) of the total power going up as heat in your box (the rechartging batteries may well get warm too .. another 20%?) that would give you an idea of teh power .. if you want to know how 'hot' 20 watts is - one indicator buld is 21 watts - try holding it in your hand! (you can burn yourself here .. don't do it with cold hands as the reactions may not be up to speed.. and do start with a cold globe - one that has not been opeerated in the last say 2 minutes...)
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I have a gmail account and store my photos there. They have a soft limit that's approaching 7gig, but they don't seem to care if you go over. You can also download picassa and upload your photos to a google site (private or public, they don't care). You can upload a 20meg photo and their free limit is 1gig. Of course, you can email yourself your photos if you'll go over that.

I've got a lot of crap that needs to be picked apart but it's out of my way for now so I'm fine.

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Photobucket is another option. The free service is sufficient for most folks.
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Google images has been treating me well. You can upload at full res, or limit it if you'd like. I'm still using the free storage, but will have to upgrade (i think it's 10 bucks a year) to post the rest of my trip. I found it easy to incorporate images from there into my website, and I like the embeddable slideshow feature. I looked at some of the other services, and this one seemed easiest to me.

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Originally Posted by Dave_Smith View Post
I have a gmail account and store my photos there. They have a soft limit that's approaching 7gig, but they don't seem to care if you go over. You can also download picassa and upload your photos to a google site (private or public, they don't care). You can upload a 20meg photo and their free limit is 1gig. Of course, you can email yourself your photos if you'll go over that.

I've got a lot of crap that needs to be picked apart but it's out of my way for now so I'm fine.

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Do they now support the new latest NEF (Raw) files. I was using picasa for photo organisation.. but the latest generations of Nef files (D3, D300 possibly more) are not supported has this changed?
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+ 1 for smugmug.com as a storage depot ..

There's been some recent talk on this thread regarding point-and-shoot cameras. Because of this discussion I'm now getting to like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 more and more.

The Olympus µ 790 SW (called the 'Stylus 790 SW' in America) is about as tough and rugged as point-and-shoots get, so I've heard.

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