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Digital Foci Photo Safe II provides on-the-road image backup
by David Rasnake -  7/18/2008

When it comes to backing up your photos on the road, there's a new game in town: the Digital Foci Photo Safe II.

Digital Foci Photo Safe II

Digital Foci's 80GB and 160GB harddrive-based image backup solutions let you quickly and easily transfer photos directly from any common memory card type – CF, SD/SDHC, Memory Stick, or xD-Picture Card – via it's built in card reader.

The entire contents of a memory card are backed up to the Photo Safe's drive with the press of a single button. Transfer rates of up to 5MB/s mean the Photo Safe takes less than four minutes to copy the entire contents of a full 1GB card.

Digital Foci Photo Safe II

According to Digital Foci's press release, "Photo Safe II copies all file formats (including RAW images and videos), in their original file name and file structure. Its icon backlit LED screen shows key system information, including operational status, battery life, remaining hard drive space, and active partition (Photo Safe II supports multiple hard drive partitions)."

The Photo Safe can be directly connected to a computer via its USB 2.0 port, allowing photos to be transfered directly from the Photo Safe to a Mac or PC.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the Photo Safe is charged via either an external charger or the USB connection. On a full charge, the device provides roughly an hour and a half of on-the-road transfer time.

The Photo Safe II went on sale this week. Suggested retail prices are $139 for the 80GB model, and $169 for the 160GB version.