Portable storage, high price: Nikon CoolWalker MSV-01

Removable media may be dropping in price, but hard drives are still more cost-effective. That's why Nikon has launched the CoolWalker, a portable digital storage device for digital photographers.

With a 30GB hard disk, the PDA-sized CoolWalker can store approximately 10,000 2MB image files, and supports JPEG, TIFF and Nikon's proprietary RAW NEF format. Copying your pictures across is easy; with both USB connectivity and a Compact Flash card slot. Once stored, you can view them on the 2.5in LCD, play them back on a TV, or print directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer, with the Lithium-Polymer battery lasting around 1.5hrs.

The problem with the CoolWalker MSV-10 is its price. At $899, it's about the same as a portable media player, which can do the same job as well as playing back audio and video files, too. Professional photographers might be interested, but casual observers should look elsewhere.

Price: $899 Distributor: Maxwell Optical Industries Phone: (02) 9390 0200 URL: www.maxwell.com.au

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