Originally Posted by crazythunder
i just got mine in the mail today. http://www.buy.com/prod/sony-vmc-uam...214398806.html
it was free shipping and buy.com is quick. it's in the official sony packaging. not some brand x product.
i only got it because i like to have every option available to me. and i'll probably never use it because you're tied to a hdd which obviously needs to be plugged in. i hate being tethered. but, there might be that one occasion where i really need it.
too bad i didn't see that adapter for a buck. oh well.
Depends of the harddrive.If you use a 2.5 " probably not ( but you still need to have the camera plugged in to provide the required power for the harddrive). Anyway I plan to do this when I travel in the evening only when I should have a power outlet available.
If you buy a 2.5 " external harddrive be sure it can work with the power provided by 1 USB port.In other words , if connected to PC it works with a single USB (not the "Y" type cable) it should work with the camera.
Curently I'm using Seagate and ADATA (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-025-_-Product
) external harddrives and the work well with 1 power cable. The ADATA one is pretty cool, and is much more rugged than Seagate ones. As I don't have yet the Sony camera (thinking about...) can not confirm how they work with it.
To be short, a standard USB port should provide 500 mA of power (including the camera's one - (from which the requirement to be connected on the outlet). If the harddrive can work with 500 mA (most new 2.5" ones can) it should work with the power provided by the USB cable only.
You can use also a device like this one: http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive-SPACE-s/1.htm
I have one and I was using it for a few years for my cameras ( just plug the memory cards on it). It has a battery inside so does not need any power from the host if the battery is charged. When connnected to the USB works as a mass storage , regular harddrive so probably can work with the Sony camera also ( and should work with the camera on battery as it does not require power from camera, but this has to be tested). If not at least you can download the SDHC card content removing the card. Unfortunateley this model uses the old PATA HD (not SATA) which are hard to find now, if you want to upgrade the HD).