Unless you’re editing photos and videos in the field, chances are, you only bring a laptop during shoots to backup your media to make room in your DSLR’s storage. What if you had an external that can do those backups on its own without needing a PC? That’s exactly what Flash Porter brings to your stash of gear.
Unlike other external drives, it comes with an integrated 3.5-inch LCD and built-in software that allows you to backup photos from a variety of sources to eliminate the need for a separate computer. Just remove the storage card from your DSLR, insert it into the slot on the drive, and copy any files you want.
Aside from copying files, the Flash Porter’s built-in software supports all the basic file management functions (delete files, create folders, and so on), apart from allowing you to preview both pictures and videos, complete with speakers so you’ll know if the video comes with good audio recording. It comes with slots for SD, microSD, and CF cards as well as a USB port for quickly transferring files from smartphones (just hook the cable up), USB thumb drives, and other external drives. And, yes, it’s compatible with common USB adapters for less-popular memory formats like XQD, SxS, RED, CFast, and P2.
It comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, with options for either HDD or SSD. The onboard battery can keep it running for file transfers up to 250GB in a single charge, with the ability to easily swap batteries if you have backups in tow.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Flash Porter. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $179.