Backing up your images while you are away from your primary storage solutions is always a tricky proposition for photographers. It is one of the primary reasons behind higher end cameras these days having multiple memory card slots. There have been some decent attempts by more mainstream brands such as Toshiba and Western Digital to make storage drives good for backing up photos and video while out in the field, but these were expensive and the performance left a lot to be desired. Enter Flash Porter.
Flash Porter is a Kickstarter campaign aimed at doing one thing: creating the worlds best field backup solution. If you check out the Kickstarter page it looks like they have a pretty good start, and with 10 days left to go, they still have some killer features to add if they meet their extended goals.
The unit is essentially a small battery powered memory card reader with a screen and built in storage of varying capacity levels – somewhat Gameboy-esq in its appearance. The idea is similar to something like WD’s My Passport Wireless Pro, but more advanced with multiple memory card slots (not just SD) a built in screen, etc. The Flash Porter also supports RAW image display from most of today’s popular brands, which means that unlike the Toshiba and WD offerings, you will actually be able to see and interact with the RAW files on the unit – such a key feature for us photographers.
Initially the team behind Flash Porter was looking to hit $15,000 but they have already doubled that goal and are into 3 of their 5 stretch goals (which include additional features such as a redesigned housing that allows for users to change out the storage media).
The Kickstarter Campaign has 10 days remaining. If you would like to see this project become a reality you can head over to the Kickstarter page to get more information and to support the project.