The HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2 was not my original solution to digital image storage on my latest travel.  But at the end, I must admit that it has helped me creating a seamless workflow with my iPad.

My recent travel plan started with the idea of travel light.  I still believe travel is a joy and a time to appreciate your leisure, not a painful process of carrying camera gears dreading you to death at the end of the day. Much of your valuable time should be spent on relaxation, not a haste. That is why I guess the Four Third cameras are setting the correct trend: a small body producing excellent images in which you don’t have to hate being a photographer in the field.

The Leica M system has long been the trend setter, considering its compactness.  Don’t judge it by the pricing.

My choice of the Leica M system is right .  Its body is light and solid. Of vital importance, the Leica M lenses are light-weighted, excellent in quality and built to the highest standard. Adding to my camera backpack of my latest travel was the Canon 6D and the EF70-300 mm DO IS. The Canon lens is not a great lens but compact enough to be well fit with the camera body. The HyperDrive Colorspace UDM2 was added to the total weight as a backup solution.

The HyperDrive Colorspace UDM2 is indispensable because it helps to transfer all your digital contents from your CompactFlash card or SD card. It is a cardreader harddrive combo. This is not a new technology.  The Epson P-7000 is one of these popular devices. It is a multimedia storage device fitted with a decent screen to become a viewer of these stored image files. The Epson P-7000 has a capacity of 160GB only, so obviously this is barely enough. For more storage capacity, you can buy the case of HyperDrive Colorspace UDM2 and insert a bigger SATA harddisk to it.  That was what I did and I ended up putting a 1TB 2.5 inches Western Digital into it.

Slide the main switch at the top right, the device will turn on.  The colour TFT LCD screen is bright enough, and the design of menu is simple. But don’t expect it is a touch screen like the iPhone or Android smartphone. On the screen, there are six main menus listed vertically.  The four-way navigation menu button at the bottom of the device is pretty much a traditional design for you to press them to perform the functions, with no surprise.

The device when I bought was with firmware Version 22 Build 20120806.  I now have updated to the latest firmware Version 30 Build 20130521. To update the firmware, you have to access the HyperDrive site to look for the details under “Support” tab and you should see the firmware information below. Copy it to your device using a USB cable and perform the process under “Settings>Firmware>Firmware Update”.  Previously I inserted a SanDisk SDXC 64GB card but it was unable to read.  But I had a LiveChat with their support and this type of SD card should be supported after the firmware update.

You can use the 3.5″ screen of HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2 to view your images from various RAW formats and JPEG format. It is no better than seeing them on the camera screen.

The power of the HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2 is the WiFi connection with mobile devices such as iPad. The wireless module is a smart tool that set up connection easily between your iPad and the HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2.  The following was my workflow during my travel to Iceland and Greenland with the iPad:

  1. Import the image or video files to the device
  2. Connect the WiFi module
  3. Transfer the selected image to iPad
  4. Open PhotoRaw app
  5. Do editing and export to JPEG

The rest was the blogging using Blogsy.

All in all the HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2 has done a wonderful job of backup my files on the way.  The only downside is the battery life.  It is a 2600mAh rechargeable Li-on battery and in theory it can handle importing photos up to 120 minutes and or playing photos up to 180 minutes.  But from my experience I got far less. Similarly I do hope the battery can be easily replaced in the future. That is why I always think the after-service support is essential and it does not disappoint me.

Featured image: A flower close-up. EF 50 mm Marco, ISO100, f/2.5, 1/2500sec



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