Digital Foci Introduces Media Buddy Digital Photo Storage
Posted Nov 20, 2005

Digital Foci, Inc. has introduced the Media Buddy portable digital photo storage with hard drive and card reader that lets you instantly and securely save digital photos on a hard drive wherever you go, so you can keep snapping away and not worry about running out of memory card space.

Media Buddy is the traveler's essential digital camera companion. Its built-in memory card slots let you copy and store photos directly from any digital camera card, without the need of cumbersome cabling.

A lower-cost alternative to Digital Foci's Picture Porter, Media Buddy is priced starting at $229. Both Media Buddy and Picture Porter save photos on their portable hard drives, so you don't have to bring heavy laptops on the road, but Media Buddy provides a lower price by offering a backlit LCD for text-only use, instead of the Picture Porter's 2" color LCD screen for viewing photos (check out Digital Foci's Media Buddy/Picture Porter comparison chart.

With Media Buddy's 30GB to 80GB hard drive versions, you'll virtually never run out of memory card space on the road again, says Digital Foci. Media Buddy frees up expensive memory card space and lets you reuse your memory card to keep snapping photos. Just insert the memory card from your digital camera into Media Buddy and download images into its built-in hard drive. The backlit text-based LCD screen lets users view file information and operation status, including copy progress and confirmation. You can select to save a specific folder or file from your card, or you can copy the entire contents of your memory card with the convenient one-touch Auto Copy button with no computer needed. A unique folder name is automatically created to indicate media card type and copy sequence per card type to keep you organized. When you get home, simply connect Media Buddy to your computer to retrieve your saved pictures.

Media Buddy works with many media card formats, including CF I/II, MD, SM, xD-Picture Card, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo. You can also make copies of photos taken from friend's and family member's digital cameras by quickly inserting their cards into Media Buddy for instant archival of special picture moments. External Hard Drive, Data Bridge & MP3 Player When connected to your computer, Media Buddy functions as an external hard drive.

Use Media Buddy to back up and archive digital images, digital music and important files from you computer through its high-speed USB 2 connection. Since Media buddy is compatible with both Windows and Mac, you can also easily transfer files between computers with the different operating systems. In addition, Media Buddy is perfect as a portable MP3 player for listening to your favorite MP3 songs on the go.

Media Buddy weighs 11 oz. (with hard drive and battery included) with dimensions of 5.8" (L) x 3.4" (W) x 1" (H). It comes in 3 stylish colors: Powder Blue, Arctic Silver, and Pearl Gray and 4 storage capacities: 30GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB. Media Buddy comes complete with Ulead Photo Explorer image management software (normally a $30 value), USB cable, earphones, AC adapter, Lithium-Ion battery, carrying case, resource disk, and user's guide. It is available immediately at Digital Foci's online store at www.digitalfoci.com starting at $229.95. For more information, see the website: www.digitalfoci.com.