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Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB)

B&H # DIPS2500GB Mfr # P19-500
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Portable Photo Storage Device
  • 500GB Storage Capacity
  • Copy 1GB in Approximately 3.5 Minutes
  • Built-In Memory Card Slots
  • Functions as External Hard Drive
  • 2" (51mm) Backlit LCD Display
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • PC & Mac Compatible

The PST-251 Photo Safe II portable picture storage device from Digital Foci is an easy to use digital camera companion. Imagine being on vacation or shooting on location and you are snapping digital photos or recording video images like crazy. Photo Safe II is the place to store your images so you don't have to worry about using up your memory card. With the Photo Safe II you insert the camera's memory card into the multi-format card reader (compatible with most card formats), and directly download images at a fast rate of up to 5.0MB per second (a full 1GB card can be copied in approximately 3.5 minutes). You can then erase or re-format the card and you are ready to continue shooting.

By simply connecting the Photo Safe II to your computer via its high-speed USB 2.0 port your saved images can be retrieved for editing and sharing. Photo Safe II also functions as an external hard drive and memory card reader so you can back up and archive digital images, music and important files from your computer. Photo Safe II is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. It can be powered by the included rechargeable Lithium-ion battery or via the included AC power supply. The battery is charged via a USB connection to your computer and will deliver up to 80 minutes of continuous operation on a full charge.

The Photo Safe II is compact (about the size of a cell phone or PDA), lightweight (only 9.6 oz, 272.2g), and comes with a carrying case, thus providing the ultimate photo storage convenience both at home and on the go.

The Photo Safe II features one-touch photo backup directly from your digital camera memory card without a computer (copies all formats, including RAW and video files)
Built-in memory card slots directly support CF Type I (including SanDisk Extreme III, IV), SD, SDHC, miniSD, miniSDHC, MMC, MS, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, and xD-Picture cards
The Photo Safe II boasts fast copy speeds. It can copy a full 1GB card in approximately 3.5 minutes
A backlit LCD screen displays operational status, active partition, remaining hard drive capacity, battery life
The copy status indicator displays percentage completed, copy confirmation, and number of files copied
Photo Safe II features automatic sequential folder numbering for each copy. It creates a unique folder name indicating media card type and copy sequence per card type to keep you organized
Rubber covers for the memory card slots to protect slots from dust are included
The Photo Safe II has a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for fast uploads and downloads to and from your computer
LED indicators show data access status for memory card and hard drive
A user-removable Lithium-ion battery is rechargeable via a computer USB port or external power adapter (included)
The Photo Safe II functions as an external hard drive and memory card reader when connected to a computer 1
This portable storage device is PC and Mac compatible
The Photo Safe II supports multiple partitions on a hard drive 2
An auto shut-off function saves battery power
Storage Capacity 500GB
Hard Drive 5400rpm 2.5" SATA hard drive
Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash Type I (including SanDisk Extreme III, IV)
MultiMedia Card (MMC)
SD
SDHC
miniSD
Memory Stick (MS)
MS PRO
MS Duo
MS PRO Duo
xD-Picture Card
Transfer Rate Device to computer: up to 60MB/sec
Memory card to device: up to 5.0MB/sec (copies a full 1GB high-speed card in 3.5 min)
File & Storage System Support FAT 32
File Formats All formats including RAW and video files
LCD Display 2.0" (51.0mm) text/icon-based LCD screen with backlight
Status Indicator 2 x LED indicators (one each for hard drive and memory card)
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
Operating Systems Supported Windows Vista
Windows XP Home
Windows XP Pro, 2000 (SP4)
Macintosh OS 10.5 & 10.4
Linux 2.4 & later
Video Out N/A
Battery Removable Lithium-ion battery (rechargeable via computer USB port) is included
Battery Life Up to 80 min of continuous operation on a full charge
External Power Supply AC Adapter (included): 100-240VAC to 5V/2A DC
Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 3.0 x 0.8" (117 x 76 x 2mm)
Weight 9.6 oz (272.2 g) with hard drive and battery
Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB)
  • Lithium-ion Battery (Replaceable)
  • Dual-Plug USB Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 3 x Rubber Covers for Memory Card Slot
  • Carrying Case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Digital FociPST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB)
     
    3.3

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    62%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Spacious storage (8)
    • Reliable (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image storage (10)
      • Image transportation (7)
      • Digital photography (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Digital capture (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (4), Photo enthusiast (4), Photography student (3), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Around the world and back again

      I bought this to dump CF and SD cards on a two week overseas shoot through South East Asia. I did not have enough room to pack a computer with me and needed something...Read complete review

      I bought this to dump CF and SD cards on a two week overseas shoot through South East Asia. I did not have enough room to pack a computer with me and needed something small enough to not raise interest if my bags were searched. The PHOTO SAFE worked great in the field! I never had an issue with it(besides getting the battery hatch open when I first got it, wow they put that on tight). I really like how simple it is made and how singular its function. Just make sure to keep a log of the amount on your card and the amount left on the drive and with some simple subtraction you can be sure your data has been saved.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Limited Usability

      I was going to use the hdd on a recent filming trip, however, it has a major flaw in its operation:
      It does not support exFat format. This limits it to cards...Read complete review

      I was going to use the hdd on a recent filming trip, however, it has a major flaw in its operation:
      It does not support exFat format. This limits it to cards with less than 32gb and devices that can work with fat32 formated cards. This meant that I could only use it as a glorified external hard drive.
      To make matters worse it does not seem to charge on usb at all so carrying around the charger is a must. This product may be more suited for an amateur photographer.

      Reviewed by 23 customers

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      5.0

      **GREAT**

      By Manoa Photographics

      from Elgin, IL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Traveling

        Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

        Used on the go to safe hold files. It works great. very easy and intuitive. Just as advertised.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great picture vault

        By Rob

        from Greenville, Mi.

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

          Compact, vert easy to setup and use.
          Was up and running within min.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Limited Usability

          By Dale

          from Australia

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • No Exfat Support

            Best Uses

            • Traveling

            Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

            I was going to use the hdd on a recent filming trip, however, it has a major flaw in its operation:
            It does not support exFat format. This limits it to cards with less than 32gb and devices that can work with fat32 formated cards. This meant that I could only use it as a glorified external hard drive.
            To make matters worse it does not seem to charge on usb at all so carrying around the charger is a must. This product may be more suited for an amateur photographer.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Peace of mind

            By Randyman712

            from Long Beach, CA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Battery life

            Best Uses

            • Archival
            • Backup
            • Traveling

            Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

            The PST-251 Photo Safe II seems to do what it is intended to do. There are other, more expensive devices that will do the same thing and better. But for the price, this works fine. The battery live could be a little longer, but all in all. It's a relatively cheap investment to protect and backup valuable photos.

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            • No

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            4.0

            PST-251 Effective Photo Storage Device

            By Viv @ Tennis

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

            The Photo Safe II is great to use while I am on the road. The size and ease of use are perfect and keeps my small computer free of large files. It would be great if it were slimmer.

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            • No

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Safe Storage

            By Tim

            from St. Louis, Missouri

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Image Storage

              Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

              I have ben looking for a way to bring my pictures through airline and customs without risk of losing them, while being lght weight, compact, and easy to use. This product meets all of my requirments perfectly.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              you pay for what you get

              By imageman

              from New Jersey

              About Me Professional

              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • See Remarks

              Best Uses

              • Letter Weight

              Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

              Used unit on several trips but always nervous that cf card would not seat properly because card socket is poorly designed. Well last trip I bent 3 pins and could only save my sd cards. Tried to fix it but broke one pin so end of cf card use. Unit also needed to have ac power on whether saving images or downloading. I would not trust the battery at all. Also, if you save a card and displays times out you cannot confirm you made a save. I should have heeded the other reviews on this unit.

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              • No

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not All its Cracked Up to BE

              By Capguy

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Storage

                Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                The price is OK but it does little to make saving pictures easier. Each upload starts from the beginning so incremental uploading is not possible. Also, to erase any pictures from this device, it must be hooked up to a computer. You cannot erase pictures as a stand alone unit.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Soo pratical and easy to used

                By Camelean

                from New york city

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Reliable
                • Spacious Storage

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Storage
                  • Image Transportation

                  Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                  Back up photos from two differents cameras

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  VERY POOR

                  By david the Photography student

                  from NYC

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                        The very first time i used this it gave me an "error" message. the third time i used it it gave me an error message that would not go away even after resetting the device.

                        Note: i did not want to give this unit a one star but the survey would not advance unless i rated it.

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                        • No

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Around the world and back again

                        By Berean

                        from Montana

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable
                        • Simple
                        • Spacious Storage
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Capture
                          • Image Storage

                          Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                          I bought this to dump CF and SD cards on a two week overseas shoot through South East Asia. I did not have enough room to pack a computer with me and needed something small enough to not raise interest if my bags were searched. The PHOTO SAFE worked great in the field! I never had an issue with it(besides getting the battery hatch open when I first got it, wow they put that on tight). I really like how simple it is made and how singular its function. Just make sure to keep a log of the amount on your card and the amount left on the drive and with some simple subtraction you can be sure your data has been saved.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Unhappy

                          By Pumie

                          from Minnesota

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Interface

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                            I wanted to be able to backup photos from memory cards, ok that worked. I also wanted to be able to put photos into it from my computer and from flash drivers. No go. Unhappy that it not as versatile as I wanted it to be. VPH

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                            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Perfect in every way!

                            By Tetrass

                            from Melbourne, Australia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Spacious Storage
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Capture
                              • Digital Photography
                              • Image Storage
                              • Image Transportation

                              Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                              I use this product for traveling without a laptop, saving weight and having a way to securely backup is wonderful, also its a great promise to my wedding clients that all the images are backed up before I even leave the wedding!

                              The best part about it is the no fuss way of using it, seriously two buttons and an informative screen is what I wanted, it does the job simply and effectively!

                              The only way to improve it would be to have the backup verified (but this process would take over twice as long and cost a lot more...)

                              All round very happy customer!

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                              • No

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                              (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              This product is totally unreliable

                              By Jane

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                    I bought a photo safe ii last May from B&H before I went to an Africa trip. It stopped to read memorial card after a month. So I used it as a external hard drive. Until last week it stopped working. Now when I plug it to my computer it asks me to reformat. I don't want to lose all the precious pictures I have taken over a period of a year. So I called the digital foci custom service. No one was answering the phone. I left the message and also emailed their support. I hope I can get some sort of support from them.

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                                    • No

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                                    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    After some months, it don´t mount

                                    By Frank

                                    from Mexico City, Mexico

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor Interface
                                      • Unreiable
                                      • Weak Construction

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                        It stopped mounting on my computer until only a few months. Very unreliable, cheaply made and just lousy. The cheap plastic, interface, buttons, etc could all be forgiven if it were reliable. But having a download tool that will just "stop mounting" is unacceptable.

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                                        • No

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                                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Photo Safe II (500GB) by Digital Foci

                                        By Gizmo

                                        from Phoenix, AZ

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Spacious Storage

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Image Storage
                                          • Image Transportation

                                          Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                          Use it for back-up of digital photographs on location. Nice compact unit seems to work well, but have not had it very long, but so far works as expected and am happy.

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                                          • No

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                                          1.0

                                          Not pleased

                                          By Butch

                                          from Vail, CO

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                              B&H was great, but I found the instructions less than clear but what compounded the matter was my inability to get assistance from the manufacturer. I returned the product

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                                              • No

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              3.0

                                              Value for Money

                                              By kenny

                                              from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Spacious Storage
                                              • Very Convenient
                                              • Works as a card reader
                                              • Works as a external HDD

                                              Cons

                                              • Cannot see saved data
                                              • Need to buy a better case

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Digital Photography
                                              • Image Storage
                                              • Image Transportation

                                              Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                              I brought it to 'replace' my many memory cards. I am planning to use my DSLR to shoot video instead of using my Video-cam. I need to HDD back-up while on the go. The product serves the purpose well
                                              Only snag is that I cannot see/confirm my data is uploaded or saved. I get a bit nervous whenever I format my memory card to clear the data.

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Great Product. Great Price.

                                              By Mickey Mouse

                                              from Los Angeles, CA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable
                                              • Spacious Storage
                                              • Strong Construction
                                              • Tough and easy to use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Digital Capture
                                                • Digital Photography
                                                • Image Storage
                                                • Image Transportation

                                                Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                                I love the Photo Safe II small size, light weight and large storage capacity. I can pop it in my camera bag and upload my photos on the road.

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                                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Only used it once since purchase...

                                                By Dj

                                                from Fullerton, CA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Spacious Storage

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Cameras at events
                                                  • Digital Capture
                                                  • Digital Photography
                                                  • Image Storage
                                                  • Image Transportation

                                                  Comments about Digital Foci PST-251 Photo Safe II (500GB):

                                                  After chargibg the battery and hooking up the charger and the USB cables it failed to connect with the computer. After some trouble shooting and a converstion with the manufacturer it was determined that the problem was the USB cable. the Digital Foci factory rep got me another one in two days and it now works just fine. Great little unit. Have bought Car charger adapter, extra batteries and plan to get an adapter so that the batteries can be charged outside the device. Great little unit.

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