Feeds

Belkin iPod Digital Camera Link

Cheaper than 40 gigs' worth of memory cards

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Review You're a digital photographer, you're out in the field and you've just filled up your CompactFlash, SD card or whatever storage format you happen to be using. That's it, you can't take any more pictures unless you delete some first, writes Stuart Miles.

Belkin iPod Digital Camera LinkThe Belkin Digital Camera Link hopes to get you out of this bind by allowing you to transfer the pictures you've taken over to your iPod, with its 20-60GB of storage capacity, freeing up the space on the digital camera.

The unit is roughly the size of the iPod itself. It's powered by two AA batteries, and the cable that connects to any iPod equipped with a dock connector - though not the iPod Mini - tucks away neatly inside the device. On the side of the DCL is a USB port into which you connect your camera. Three LEDs on the front let you know what's going on and so you understand what the lights that are flashing away at you actually mean, Belkin has smartly print everything on the back of the unit.

Connecting devices couldn't be easier, and the digital cameras we tested from HP, Olympus and Canon all worked fine. Once the camera and iPod are connected to the DCL, it's simply a case of pressing the transfer button. The number of files you have to transfer governs how long it will take. Alas, you can't view the images on the iPod, but you can see the file names, so you can check they actually exist before deleting them off your camera. A nice feature is that every separate transfer to the iPod is created in its own folder so nothing is overwritten.

If you are a Mac user iPhoto will automatically launch when connecting your iPod to your computer and then images can be transferred from the iPod. PC users can simply drag and drop the file across from the iPod via Windows Explorer.

Verdict

While iPod Photo users will be able to benefit from Apple's own image transfer device and view them on their music player, for the rest of us Belkin has provided a good, if much more expensive, alternative.

At £60, this unit costs more than a 1GB memory card, but a lot less than the 40-odd cards you'd need to match a 40GB iPod's storage capacity.

Reviewed by
Pocket-Lint.co.uk

Belkin iPod Digital Camera Link
 
Rating 80%
 
Pros Easy to use; takes AA batteries; transfer guide printed on the device.
 
Cons Bulky; doesn't allow you to view images on iPod.
 
Price £60 inc. VAT
 
More info The Belkin site

Recent Reviews

Apple iPod Mini 6GB
Gizmondo handheld games console
Mio 268 GPS navigation system
Aigo P880 20GB MP3 photo player
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPU
Dell Latitude D410 sub-notebook

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.