Photo Book, a portable image viewer that supports RAW

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The Photo Book from Digital Foci almost seems like its from that forlorn era of Just A Few Year Back, when manufacturers were trying to get us to buy Portable Media Centers and dedicated movie devices too big to fit in a pocket. But it’s got a specific market in mind: photographers. It can digest nearly every type of flash memory card on the planet, gulping down images to its 4GB of internal memory—including files in RAW formats. (Which RAW formats it supports—there’s a different variant for nearly every type of camera—will be the big if.)

For $200, though, it could be a nice adjunct to working shooters who need to get a better look at their images than the screens on the back of their DSLRs provide. It is a little confusing why the eight-inch LCD screen is in a 4:3 format (800-by-600 pixels), but the fact that it also will play back a variety of video formats might make up for that a little.

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6 Responses to Photo Book, a portable image viewer that supports RAW

  1. Anonymous says:

    Weak. 4GB is absolutely pathetic for any sort of “media tank” purposes. A 4GB SD card is under 10 dollars. A 16GB is under 40. As an offloading mechanism, this is roundly thrashed by a proper HDD based unit, or just a pocket full of flash cards.

    As a picture viewer, it also suffers. 200 dollars for an 800×600 when I could get a higher resolution netbook, complete with the ability to do useful things like run tether software or upload images to the internet, for 50 to 100 dollars more? Seriously?

  2. dculberson says:

    Aren’t most DSLR sensors 4:3? Ahh, no, I just checked and they’re 2:3. Well, I guess screens in either of the widely available aspect ratios would be wrong. 4:3 matches most point and shoot cams, but people with a PnS are unlikely to invest in this sort of gadget.

    Anon#1, I don’t think this is meant as a “media tank” in the least, but as what Joel described it as – a simple way to preview pictures on a halfway decent screen. A netbook might work, but wouldn’t be ideal. This is simpler, smaller, and easier to hand to a client without worrying about a confusing interface or software problems. Just a case of “you’re not in the target market.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    RAW Images on 4GB internal memory!? A friend of mine just bought a 10″ Samsung netbook with 160GB HDD and it is much better investition if you have a Canon 450D with SD memory cards, even if you just want to watch your images and not to save them. A $200 photo viewer has only a chance if it can load 20MB RAW images immediately. Good luck!

  4. Ryan Waddell says:

    Hrmm. Methinks that any pro photographer who wants a photo viewer on the go will likely pick up one of the Epson hard drive based ones – more expensive, but they have actual storage. 4GB is pretty flimsy, you’d be talking maybe 1/4 of a photoshoot (up to a half, if you’re lucky) shooting RAW.

  5. haineux says:

    I gave up on LCD picture frames that claimed to be able to play back MP4 movies. Again, WHICH MP4 movies was the big question, and the answer was invariably, “None of the ones I could ever make, even after hours of tinkering.”

    At least I only paid $50 for them.

    “RAW” is the purest form of buzzword escalation. Apple and Adobe could release an update to their RAW readers every. freaking. month. and still not get them all.

  6. overunger says:

    I’m glad to see a digital viewer that supports Robert Anton Wilson. And why shouldn’t it, by god?

    Now if we can only get those damn cameras on our side too. Hmmm 23 megapixels…..

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