Flash Porter – Next Generation Image Backup on the Go
Flash Porter is a new Kickstarter project that aims to bring a new, advanced portable backup device for photographers of different levels – anywhere from smartphone, to action as well as top pro’s might be able to find what to like about this new product.
So they are quite a few portable devices for backing up images available right now – we tested the Nexto ND2901 Memory Backup Unit about a year and a half ago and it is a solid unit but we have to admit the the control over what the unit is doing might be less than ideal.
With Flash Porter the idea was to give the user full control (similar to a computer or a smartphone interface) and include a large high res color screen for viewing your images (something that most memory backup units don’t have).
Flash Porter – many connection option (thumb drive/XQD card reader)
Here are some specs for the Flash Porter:
Screen: 3.5″ TFT-LCD
Speaker: 1W mono
Earphone: 3.5″ jack stereo
Battery: 3600mAh Li-Ion rechargeable
Power: 5V/2A DC
Interfaces: SD, microSD, CF, Internal-microSD, USB 3.0 storage device
Computer connection: USB 3.0 Type-C
Drive interface: SATA to HDD/SSD (500GB, 1TB, 2TB)
Image formats: JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP
Video Formats: MOV, MP4 (up to 1920×1080 at 30fps)
Audio formats: MP3, AAC
Copy capacity on full battery: 250GB
from our understanding the stills and video formats are only for playback (you should probably physically be able to back up 4K video as well – just not play on the device itself).
With the Flash Porter you can backup directly smartphones, digital cameras, GoPro cameras, and many other devices – this really makes the unit a universal backup solution.
At least in the past backup to the unit (from say an SD card) was limited to around 40MB/s (that was more or less the max speed of the Nexto ND2901 – looking at the Flash Porter kickstarter page it seems that the speed isn’t going to top 35MB/s which is a shame since you can find much faster memory cards these days and with large capacities backing up can take a LONG time).
As for pricing – the Flash Porter starts on Kickstarter right now for $180 and goes way up to $1000 (for a 2TB SSD version with a 2TB HHD version costing around $330).
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