Backing up and having access to your images while out on location can sometimes be a bit of a pain. Most hard drives and storage solutions require some sort of computer or intermediary between the camera card and itself. This means extra equipment and more points of failure.
Western Digital’s newly announced My Passport Wireless offers two great features that should be of special interest to photographers – an SD card slot and wireless access. This means that while out on location, you can backup your images onto the hard drive through the SD slot and get access to those images on a tablet or computer wirelessly.
The new external drive also features a rechargeable battery that gets up to 6 hours of continuous usage or up to 20 hours on standby time. Meaning that you should be able to have most shoots covered with just one charge.
Personally, this sounds like a great solution for when I am out in the woods or in some other place where lugging a bunch of tech is not an ideal solution. I could take a couple of these drives out, backup my images to both drives and be able to access them from my tablet while in the field. No need to carry a laptop, and no need for a bunch of cables. Just me, my camera/lens, a tablet, and this WD My Passport Wireless. All of which should be able to fit nicely into one bag, the perfect solution.
These new My Passport Wireless drives are available now as a 500GB drive for $130, a 1TB drive for $180, and a 2TB drive for $220. Not the cheapest drives for sure, but not all that expensive either. Two 500GB drives should be more than enough to backup most shoots on location without running out of space. You can find these new drives over at B&H now for pre-order.
What are your thoughts about these new My Passport Wireless hard drives? What other situations do you think these would come in useful? Leave a comment below!