As a passionate photographer and movie maker I use to shoot a lot while travelling. During short trips to save regions where the risk of equipment loss or damage due to crime and/or environmental conditions (like prolonged high humidity, difficult terrain etc.) it is enough to leave the files (photos, films, sound files) on their memory cards. Some cameras are even able to store files simultaneously on two SD cards. If risk assessment for a given region suggests increased probability of equipment loss/damage I prefer to back up the files after each shooting session onto a separate SSD card. I prefer smaller memory cards over large ones in my recording devices so when full I replace them. Thus the files are on their original memory cards and on a SSD card in water proof bags always separated from my photo and film equipment. So in case someone manages to steal my photo equipment or it gets inundated during a boat trip at least the bulk of my files is secured. I can easily replace a camera or even the entire recording equipment but rarely the photos, films or sound files. Of course it is up to you to back up your files on a second SSD card (and thus having the files backed up on three media), or if you have good access to the internet and if you do not mind Big Brother you can store the files also in the cloud.
Based on those premises I use the following set up:
- a tablet with an additional key board: is more energy efficient than a laptop, I never store those files on the tablet itself because it can be stolen or damaged as well.
- a card reader & HUB: connected to the tablet by USB type C cable. It has different slots: 3x USB 2.0, 1x SD(HC), 1x TF (= microSD), 1x MS and 1x MS2 and a USB energy cable (usually not necessary to use). Note: It is sensible to purchase a card reader based on the actually used memory cards and the USB type of your computing device (tablet, laptop, smart phone).
- a SSD card: 500GB, connected by USB 2.0 to the card reader HUB.
- several memory cards (SD, microSD, Memory Stick) for my cameras, drone and sound recorder. Note: I number the cards so I actually write at least names of the visited sites into a paper note book and the respective card number.
Important: the microSD-card does fit into the respective slot but you have to turn it upside down so its connection metal bars are on the upper side and then push it relatively hard (compared to the other slots) into the TF slot. Initially I thought it does not fit, by it does.
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