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Digital Foci Picture Porter 35
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Digital Foci announced recently a major new firmware update for the Picture Porter 35 (model PPR-
350) high-capacity 250-500GB portable photo manager. New essential features in the 1.2.1 firmware
update include incremental photo backup for easier backup, full screen preview and selection for convenient
viewing, USB mode selection for secondary backup to external USB storage devices, and new professional
DSLR extended camera support for RAW, EXIF data, IPTC and histograms.
Picture Porter 35 lets you instantly and securely store and view digital photos, music and video on its hard
drive wherever you go. It features a 3.5-inch color LCD screen for easy viewing; built-in hard drive with
250GB and 500GB capacities; fast copy speeds of 1GB of data under 90 seconds; and a multi-format
memory card reader for CF, MMC, SD/HC Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and xD-
Picture card. The new direct miniSD card support will allow you to take still images with a miniSD card on
a digital camcorder.
New Features in Picture Porter 35 1.2.1 Firmware update:
Incremental Backup Convenience -The new Picture Porter 35 1.2.1 firmware update includes an
incremental backup feature that allows you to save new photos to an existing folder in the
Backup Directory. This makes backing up photos even more convenient and improves the photo
management features for professional photographers and vacationers alike.
USB Mode Selection for USB-Host Function – Connecting to External Hard Drives - The
USB-Host function expands support for external hard drives connected to Picture Porter 35. This
provides a convenient and inexpensive method for making a secondary backup of critical photos.
In a simple two-step process, you can easily back up the photos on your memory card to Picture
Porter 35 and then connect an external hard drive to Picture Porter 35 to make a second
backup. In addition to connecting USB hard drives and flash drives, you can also connect two
Picture Porter 35 devices together to transfer files and share playlists between them.
Full Screen Preview and Selection – Easily View & Organize Photos on the Road - The new
Picture Porter 35 1.2.1 firmware now adds the ability to preview your photos on a full screen, for a
total of 4 different screen layout styles: Full Screen, 3x2 Thumbnail View, 5x4 Thumbnail View,
and List View. As you are reviewing your photos, you can take advantage of different file
management tools, including Copy, Delete, Export, Rename, Sort by Name or Date, Create New
Folders and Add to Playlist.
New DSLR RAW Support with EXIF & Histogram for Pro Photographers - Picture Porter 35
supports RAW images with zoom capability and EXIF/histogram viewing to let you examine
photos in greater detail. Firmware version 1.2.1 adds to the long list of RAW formats already
supported by adding the following DSLR models: Canon 1D Mark4, G11, and 7D; Nikon D5000
and D3000; Sony A300, A330, and A550. As newer models are introduced into the market,
Digital Foci will add new RAW support with future firmware releases. Picture Porter 35 already
supports IPTC metadata display, so you can view information, such as headline, copyright owner,
and comments that are embedded in the photos.
“Not only does the Picture Porter 35 relieve you from worrying about limited memory card space for your
digital camera, but it’s also the best device to help you keep all your photos in one, easy-to-manage
location,” said Charles Huang, Director of Business Development at Digital Foci. “Picture Porter 35 gives
you the photo management features you need to eliminate bringing a computer on the road, makes it easy to
sort through and organize newly acquired photos on the spot, and provides a great way to carry your entire
photo collection to show and share whenever you need.”
Picture Porter 35 Features:
· 3.5” Color LCD screen for viewing photos and video.
· Built-in card slots for instant photo backup from memory cards.
· Memory card support for CF, MMC, SD/HC Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo,
and xD-Picture card.
· RAW image viewing (zoom, EXIF, histogram) from DSLRs.
· Fast copy speed - 1 GB in under 90 seconds.
· Bi-directional data transfer that allows direct transfer to and from memory cards.
· Incremental backup option lets you append new photos to an existing folder in the Backup
· Digital audio recorder with built-in mic.
· Image, music and video support:
o Image format support for JPEG, Tiff, BMP, GIF, RAW
o Music format support for MP3, WMA, AAC
o Video format support for MPEG-1, MPEG-4 SP, MJPEG
· Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for fast uploads and downloads to and from your computer.
· Supports IPTC information viewing.
· Advanced file management features: multi-select, copy, rename, delete files, sort by
name/date, and create new folders.
· Create and edit playlists directly on device.
· USB-host function: copy to/from external hard drive.
· Output to TV or projector.
· Removable Li-Ion battery rechargeable via USB or AC.
· Audio & video player with built-in speaker & earphone jack.
Picture Porter 35 (model PPR-350) is lightweight and compact, weighing 14 oz. (including hard drive and
battery), with dimensions of 5.4” (L) x 3.8” (W) x 1.2” (H). It is available in 250GB and 500GB
capacity configurations, priced at a MSRP of $399 and $499, respectively. Picture Porter 35 comes with
USB cable (to computer), USB-OTG cable (to USB Mass Storage Device), AC power adapter, user-
replaceable rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, earphones, video cable for RCA video output, custom
designed carrying case, wrist strap, and manual.
Picture Porter 35 Product Specifications
Model no. � PPR-350
Compact Flash, MultiMedia Card, RS-MMC, SD Card, SDHC card, miniSD, Memory Stick,
Memory card supported
MS PRO, MS Duo, xD-Picture card
LCD screen 3.5" color TFT LCD screen with backlight (320 x 240 pixels)
Hard drive 2.5" 5400 RPM SATA hard drive
Computer interface USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
USB device interface USB Host capability (to mass storage class devices)
Transfer rate (PPR to
Up to 480 Mb/s
Transfer rate (card to
Up to 7.6 MB/s (copies a full 1GB CF card in under 90 seconds)
JPEG (baseline); BMP (Monochrome, 8 bits color); GIF;
Image format support � TIFF (1 & 8 bits Grayscale, 8, 16, 24 bits color);
RAW (see list at: http://www.digitalfoci.com/picture_porter_RAW_support.html)
MPEG-1 (640x480@30fps; bitrate:3Mbps)
Video format support MPEG-4 (720x480@25fps / 640x480@30fps; bitrate: 4Mbps)
Music format support MP3 (16 to 384 kbps); WMA 7, 8, 9 (32 to 192 kbps); AAC (16 to 320 kbps);
Photo viewing options Zoom, Pan, Rotate, Thumbnail view, EXIF & histogram display, Manual slideshow, IPTC
information viewing, Slideshow with sequential and random playback options, Playlist
File management features Yes (copy, delete, rename files, create new folders, and export selection)
Create, Duplicate, Export to folder, Export to secondary Picture Porter 35, Remove, Delete,
Append, Rename, Change playback sequence
Audio recording format
Video TV-Out NTSC (interlaced/progressive), PAL (interlaced/progressive)
Embedded speaker 8 Ohm 1 Watt (max 1.5 Watt)
Embedded microphone Mono
Battery power 3.7V 2100mAh replaceable rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
Up to 4 hours of continuous video playback
Up to 3 hours of memory card copy
External power AC 100-240V; DC 5V/2.5A power adapter
Windows: 7 Vista, XP; Mac OS 10.6, 10.5 & 10.4;
Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and later
File system support Standard FAT32
Dimensions 5.4” (L) x 3.8” (W) x 1.2” (H)
Weight 14 oz. (with hard drive and battery)