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Offline Jeff Jacobson

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Vacation photo viewer
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:14:52 PM »
I am trying to come up with a relatively cheap photo viewer to take on vacation. I don't plan on editing or doing anything other than viewing photos. When I go to my room at night I want to be able to tell which photos have potential and which are junk. There is a lot of new technology out there and I have found myself a bit behind the times. I would say that an 8" screen or larger with the ability to zoom in to check focus on precise macros would be handy. Any advice?

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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 11:42:46 PM »
Have a look at FastStone- free and (cheep at double the price :grin: ).  I use this for my quick keepers/chuckers before looking at them in Bridge. Then there is also Irfanview and Sony's own Memories home its good too...john
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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 12:47:52 AM »
What device do you run that with? I have been looking into tablets, they are much cheaper than laptops. They are also much less machine. This is one I am looking intohttp://ibuydroid.com/introducing-the-brand-new-7-google-android-40-tablet-by-mid-android-40-q8cp.html but, I don't know anything about them.
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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 07:47:40 AM »
Ah my apologies- I thought you meant viewing program not the widget it runs on.
I take my Dell laptop and view any downloads in Faststone and back them up to a 320 Meg drive just in case. Then use the back-up on the pocket drive to transfer to my home PC when I get home.

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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 08:51:48 AM »
I would try and stretch to something like the Nexus 7 if you're going down the small table route - the screen is significantly better, and that's goign to be the key thing you need to check out your shots.

One thing I'm not sure of is if you can get something to view Sony RAW files with on Android (I've not looked), though this would only be an issue if you shoot RAW rather than JPeg.
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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 11:45:04 AM »
I would try and stretch to something like the Nexus 7 if you're going down the small table route - the screen is significantly better, and that's goign to be the key thing you need to check out your shots.

One thing I'm not sure of is if you can get something to view Sony RAW files with on Android (I've not looked), though this would only be an issue if you shoot RAW rather than JPeg.

I have used a Nexus 7 to view, convert and upload A77 RAW images. To be honest I have not done it extensively, just as a 'proof of concept' whilst away for a weekend.

Main problems...
1) No SD reader, and the USB is not open for attaching card readers by default. To get around this you either need to root the system (I didn't), or you can use one of the limited tools available. I used Nexus Media Importer which allows reading and importing from a USB device, but not exporting to one. You also need a USB OTG cable.
2) RAW manipulation and conversion is not great. I used RawDroid to convert which has limited curves/brightness/contrast/saturation settings. It is ok, but it is a bit cumbersome and is no ACR.

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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 09:20:04 PM »
Hi Guys

Jeff, I guess it depends on which camera you have and want to view the shots from. How you go about transfering the shots over? I'd suggest looking at the Samsung Gallaxy Tab range - 7 or 10 possibly... certainly wouldn't recommend just getting one (any tablet!) without having some hands on first in a shop :)

I tried the Nexus 7 a little while ago - I put up a topic for assistance in choosing a tablet. The first one I got developed a small crack in the screen. It looked like a fine hair stuck to the screen but turned out to be a crack. Later 'research' on a forum for the Nexus revealed that some seem to be prone to this issue.

I managed to get it replaced but was undecided about changing it for a Samsung Gallaxy Tab 7. I went again for the Nexus due to the 'sales person' not being able to tell me that the SGT7 takes a micro sd card up to 32 Gb! Anyway, i couldn't get on with the Nexus trying to copy stuff across from the laptop (music etc.,) so I took it back for the SGT7 and I've been  much happier with that - having a Samsung Gallaxy II was a help :) One issue I had at the beginning though was setting up for images etc., to be stored on to the (micro) SD card rather than the internal memory - although 8Gb it is only around 4Gb because of the system requirements.

I think it is possible to connect via USB to an external hard drive and view 'content' that way but I have yet to get a female to female USB connector to confirm this... the Gallaxy Tab has a slot for the charger/USB lead that is similar (but not quite the same) as an iPad rather than a mini USB. Sorry if that sounds confusing.
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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2013, 02:37:51 PM »
I use a iPad mini with Apple's card reader. Works quite ok. Now, I don't have a Sony camera yet (waiting for delivery of a new a99 to replace my trusty old D7) but would think the iPhoto app would read a77 raw files?
Of course, not as cheap as a Samsung, but then again, you do get what you pay for.

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Re: Vacation photo viewer
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2013, 04:43:28 PM »
I use a iPad mini with Apple's card reader..........................................
Of course, not as cheap as a Samsung, but then again, you do get what you pay for.

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