01-11-2013 04:25 PM
Can I connect a digital camera to a Playbook (using a suitable cable or adaptor) and transfer the video and photograph files to the Playbook (for viewing and later transfer to PC)?
[I'm thinking of buying a Playbook - its 64G capacity would be great for this use - but there would be very little point if, as seems to be the case from what I can see on the Blackberry web site, it cannot do this basic function]
Thanks in anticipation.
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01-11-2013 04:28 PM - edited 01-11-2013 04:29 PM
It can be done, but not in that way.
You would connect the camera or sd card to a computer and then transfer the files to the playbook. You can't connect the camera or sd card directly to the playbook.
01-11-2013 04:58 PM
Unfortunately there is no direct way to do this with a playbook. In addition to my two playbooks, I have a Samsung 10.1 tablet, which has a sd card and usb adapter (and their 7" has a built in removable sd card) .... I have used it a number of times and works well. However, overall the pb is a the better tablet purchase imo.
For my pb, for large file storage upload/download and streaming, I use a Seagate "Satellite" wireless hard drive. I am not sure if anyone has tried it, but perhaps a wireless enabled camera sd could connect thru to a wireless hard drive, and indirectly copy to the pb. I assume it is portability that folks want, and this arrangement may work. It might be easier to carry around a netbook pc. Prior to tablet life, I used my netbook on trips to transfer and store camera data.
01-11-2013 05:00 PM
01-11-2013 05:09 PM
I agree....even though most of us on this forum love our playbooks, they may not be the best solution for everyone. The Samsung tablet sounds like a good match for what you want to do....check it out....they are a good tablet as well!
01-11-2013 05:12 PM
01-11-2013 05:26 PM
Well if you are already a Samsung family, check out the 7" galaxy tab....it has a built in sd slot for external storage. I was playing with one last week. Not as neat at a pb, but works. Not sure of the internal storage but if it is only 16gb, it may not be of much benefit for storage of large numbers of camera files, which I assume is one of your objectives. Why don't you just buy more or larger sd cards and review or backup the data when you get home?
01-11-2013 06:28 PM
Well, I'm really impressed by all the prompt, helpful replies. Perhaps I should explain. When I go off on my paragliding holidays I use a helmet camera to take video and large numbers of stills pictures. It would be really good at the end of each day to transfer the files to a device where I could review them and clear the card in the camera for the next day. I thought a tablet would provide me with
a) an entertainment centre with books and music for bad weather days
b) a means to video chat with 'er back home
c) a store for the video and photo files, and a way of looking at them
all in one compact, light form - which is very important to me when I'm travelling alone.
A laptop will do this, but I don't want to carry around more than I have to. The Blackberry Playbook looked like a perfect solution (especially with 64G storage for HD videos) at a lower price than rivals, but it seems that it doesn't really do b, and doesn't do c. With the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, I can do a and b, and , with a bit of fiddling, c. I'll have to take a look at the 7". Shame, as the Blackberry looked really good.
01-12-2013 03:19 PM
There are wifi sd card readers.
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01-13-2013 05:37 PM
Very clever little device. I never cease to be amazed by modern technology. Thanks for the pointer - it's been very interesting looking into this. All the same, I think the best solution for me will be to connect to a Samsung using a connector which I have got for about £2. It's a pity that there doesn't seem to be any similar low cost adaptor or cable for the Playbook - one day perhaps!