Digital Photo Storage - Digital Photo Media Storage

After you have taken sufficient photos to fill out up your memory cards you need to transfer them to a computer or printer. There are a few ways to do this.

Virtually every digital camera on the market today has a USB port. This allows the camera to be connected straight to a computer for digital photo storage. There are two versions of USB which are USB 1.1 and USB 2.0. Higher specification cameras are normally fitted with USB 2.0 because the transfer rate is up to 10 times faster than USB 1.1. Budget digital cameras as a general rule have USB 1.1 fitted as standard. Although USB 1.1 is quite acceptable in most cases, there are alternative options which may be more attractive.

Instead of using the USB ports to download directly from the camera it is just as easy to remove the memory card and plug it directly into your computer using the built in memory card reader that is built in to many multimedia notebook and desktop computers If your PC does not have such a reader built in it is possible to purchase an external card reader.

Digital Photo Storage - Digital Photo Media Storage

The use of a card reader is the most efficient method of transferring images to your computer. These card readers are nearly always fitted with USB 2.0 of FireWire and are equipped with a variety of ports to accept different types of memory cards. A major advantage of USB devices is that they can be connected without having to power down the computer first. The card reader is set up in such a fashion that the computer recognises it external storage device similar to a disc drive. Consequently, you can easily transfer data to the computer's hard drive.

Other Digital Photo Storage Options

The most convenient method of digital photo storage is to transfer them to a computer. However there are other download solutions which may be equally attractive. Some digital cameras are equipped with PictBridge or USB Direct Print which offers the opportunity for the camera to be connected to a compatible printer for direct printout. However, this method will not allow any image editing prior to printing.

Several digital cameras have a video output port which will allow direct connection to a television, video recorder or DVD recorder. You could then view your photographs directly on the television screen or record them onto either videotape or DVD .

Portable Digital Photo Storage

Another storage option are Portable storage devices which are fitted with an internal hard disc drive and are battery powered. Although these devices are specifically aimed at professional photographers who may take many hundreds of photographs in any one day, they are just as useful for the non professional. For instance, you may be away on vacation where you won't have access to a computer. You could then transfer your full memory card onto the portable device, erase the memory card and then reuse it for more photographs. Of course, another alternative would be to invest in several memory cards so that you can interchange them once one becomes full.