USB Drive to SD Slot Converter?

the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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Is there a way to make/buy a USB drive to SD card slot converter? I know they have SD to USB, but I'm trying to take pictures with a camera and have them go to a USB rather than an SD card. I need to categorize pictures on the fly, so I figured I could have a different USB for different categories and just plug the one I need in to a spot on the camera before I turn it on and have the pictures/videos go to the USB that is plugged in. I would use SD cards but USBs are cheaper and I plan on having quite a few. This makes more sense with context, but it's a looooong story. Hope someone can help.

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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I get it, but why not just do the same thing with SD cards? People have been doing it that way for years.

Norfindel

Joined Mar 6, 2008
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USB drives are bigger than SD cards, and have no standard footprint, so it's unlikely that you could pull off something like that.
I don't think that it's convenient either to do that, as you would need to power off the camera, change the usb drive, then power on again. Not what i would call "on the fly".
Taking note of the picture number when there's a change in category would probably be faster than that. Or just categorize them after downloading to the PC?
Or go to a photography forum and ask the others how do they deal with that. No need to reinvent the wheel.

the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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Okay, I'mma be real with you guys. The camera is going to be mounted on a vest to record criminal activity when I run into it. I want to be able to drop off the USB anonymously to the police every time it happens. I can't afford to keep giving away SD cards. The most I would use is about 2 GB of storage, and you can get a bunch of 2 GB flash drives online for a lot cheaper than SD cards. Again, there's more to it and the whole thing about it being for organization was a lie, but I really don't like disclosing more information than I have to to unknown sources.

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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Transfer from the SD card, whether inside or outside the camera, to a USB thumbdrive, is pretty simple with almost any computer. I know that’s not what you’re after but it may be the practical reality.

I don’t think you could have “just” an adapter because the camera is not supplying USB power to the SD card, so power would have to come from somewhere else.

There’s a reason cellphone cameras are so popular. Automatic upload to the cloud and sharing across devices and across the internet all without hardly lifting a finger.

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the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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I wouldn't have time for a computer in between. As far as power, would it be impossible to have some of the camera power go the the USB?

Norfindel

Joined Mar 6, 2008
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There used to be some usb hdds that could copy data from a sd drive without any computer involved. Probably you can find a gadget that copy data between sd and usb drives.

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wayneh

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spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Okay, I'mma be real with you guys. The camera is going to be mounted on a vest to record criminal activity when I run into it. I want to be able to drop off the USB anonymously to the police every time it happens.
Did you get bitten by a radioactive spider in a lab ????

Just how many times have you run into criminal activity in your life? I am 59 years old. I have been all over the country and in various parts of the world. In all that time I may have witnessed two incidents that could be considered criminal.

One was so minor that the cops would probably not have done anything about it anyway (street thug pulled out a chain and threatened another street thug) the other was someone running by being chased by the cops because he was wanted for shoplifting. It happened so fast that even if I had a camera mounted on a vest I would have not had time to video it. If I had known what was going on when he ran by me I would have simply body blocked the guy. The cops were just a short distance away around the corner.

Either you are not being "real with us guys" or you are living in a part of the world that is so crime infested the cops aren't going to care about your video anyway.

the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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It's not like that. I patrol for stuff like that in my neighborhood and have ran into 2 incidents in 4 months. Both times I contacted the police anonymously and both times they said there was no proof so nothing could be done. As for the radioactive spider, definitely. /:

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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I like the comment about automatic upload to a cloud location. Then, any pictures taken would be available real-time to your partners without the need for a physical drop. Probably safer for you as well.

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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I like the comment about automatic upload to a cloud location. Then, any pictures taken would be available real-time to your partners without the need for a physical drop. Probably safer for you as well.

Smartphone and one of these

done

Or for that matter just a smart phone and done.

I still say the amount of "criminal activity being recorded will be next to nothing. Anything like a drug deal, you would have to be insane to get close enough to get detail to make a case. My guess the police wouldn't touch it anyway..

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wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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My point in #9 is that small, slower SD cards are not any more costly than a USB drive. Just buy a pack of ten or so and see how it goes. It's not worth a big project to avoid spending a couple dollars.

the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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It's not so much that I don't think the money would be worth it, just the fact that I don't HAVE the money, haha. Cloud drop is actually a rather good idea, thanks.

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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It's not so much that I don't think the money would be worth it, just the fact that I don't HAVE the money, haha. Cloud drop is actually a rather good idea, thanks.
It’s what every single person with an iPhone is familiar with.

the_arachnid

Joined Jan 3, 2019
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I don't have an IPhone, but Google Drive would work just as well, I suppose.

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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You don't need an Iphone, You can buy a smartphone for $20 or$30. Peter Parker would have no problem spending that to fit crime. Just think what his web slingers cost.

You don't need an Iphone, You can buy a smartphone for $20 or$30. Peter Parker would have no problem spending that to fit crime. Just think what his web slingers cost.