Back up and review your images in the field with handheld media devices
By Jon Sienkiewicz
The Wolverine MVP 9000 Series Portable multimedia viewer delivers 100 GB of storage, a built-in 7-in-1 memory card reader, sharp 2.5-inch LCD display and support for most popular digital-image file formats, such as RAW and TIFF. It also can play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio formats as well as AVI, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-4 and DivX-5.x video formats.
You can read or write seven types of media cards, including those most commonly used by today’s cameras. You also can display digital images and video files on TVs or projectors. It uses Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for data transfer and includes a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that delivers up to 20 GB of data transfer on a single charge.
This is one of the lightest, most compact multimedia storage viewers. Measuring roughly 3x5x1.2 inches, it can almost hide under a postcard and weighs just 10 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $379 (100 GB).
The SmartDisk FlashTrax XT is an attractive 80 GB storage viewer. Features include a large 3.6-inch LCD screen, one-touch copy operation, USB 2.0 transfer protocol, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and built-in speaker. You can pan and zoom while viewing, and the slideshow feature previews photos automatically and allows you to add background music.
Unique in its class, the FlashTrax XT has a built-in FM tuner so you can listen to music broadcasts or record music for later enjoyment. You can download your music collection from your PC, too. There’s only one memory card slot (CF), but it accepts other formats via the optional card adapter. Estimated Street Price: $470.
The Picture Porter Elite from Digital Foci features a brilliant 3.6-inch LCD and 40, 80 or 100 GB storage capacity. It accepts all popular media card formats, including CF, SD, xD and all of the Memory Stick variations. While viewing photos on Picture Porter Elite’s LCD, you can rotate, pan, zoom and view EXIF information and histograms. You can watch slideshows of your images or play back stills and video through a TV. It provides support for a wide range of image formats (including RAW format) and is PictBridge-compatible so you can print directly to any PictBridge-compliant printer without a computer.
One distinguishing feature of the Picture Porter Elite among similar models is that it records video from any NTSC video source and uses MPEG-4 encoding for video compression. It delivers high-quality video while keeping the video file sizes manageable. It also includes a built-in microphone for audio recording. Estimated Street Price: $399 (40 GB); $469 (80 GB); $549 (100 GB).