I've been using the belkin media reader (BMR) for about a year now. I'm a semi-pro photgrapher. I enjoy taking pictures on vacation and have to say that the BMR has not failed me yet. I'm using a Canon 10D (6.3 mp) and I can usually upload an almost full Sandisk Ultra 512 MB card. Granted it takes about 20-25 minutes to do. But I also find that the ipod still has some juice to play more songs if asked to do so. The way I see it, I charge the ipod while I'm out shooting and when i get back to the hotel I hookup the BMR and let it upload while I clean up/enjoy a sunset/or whatever.

At first I wanted to pick up the FlashTrax, but after doing some research, I decided on the ipod. I haven't regretted that decision once.

I do think though that a daisy chain feature would be great on this and many other peripherals. It would greatly enhance it's value. Also I'd like to note that I've uploaded way more than 3GB of data to the ipod through the BMR and all on the original batteries. Most likely I'll need to change them out after this last vacation, but not bad at all....

Posted by Steve Perez on August 26, 2004 at 6:55 PM (PDT) Comment 51

I bought this before my trip to Italy and it was a god send. I took over 1000 pics at full res with my digital rebel (6.3 MP)and it would not have been possible without this thing. The battery drain is a bit of a pain so you have to be clever how you decide to transfer pics, I would usually do it 50-60 at a time on a full charge, and still would be able to dump another 100 pics, 50 at a time afterwards before charging it again. My only major complaint is that I wish it would work throught the dock connector on the back of the altec lansing speakers, this way the battery would be affected if there was an external power supply. Maybe they can upgrade the firmware to do this.

Posted by max on August 31, 2004 at 5:33 PM (PDT) Comment 52

anyone tried the belkin digital media link, which is the better media link? or media reader?

Posted by jt on September 1, 2004 at 4:53 AM (PDT) Comment 53

I mostly do landscape photography, which means tramping around in the wilderness, carrying my equipment with me.

I bought one of these thinking that it would make a good worst-case backup devivce-- for $99 and 10 extra ounces of weight, if I did fill a 1GB card out in the middle of nowhere, I could just back up the card to the iPod and get back to shooting.

But because the transfer rate is so abysmally slow, this wouldn't actually wind up working-- it would be quicker to hike back to whereever my car was, back up to the laptop, then hike back to where I was at, rather than using this device.

If you have a smaller memory card, and are looking at this as a nightly backup device, for example, so that you don't have to drag a laptop with you on vacation, this might suit your needs. But I returned it and used the money to pick up a 2GB memory card...

Posted by Jim on September 12, 2004 at 7:21 AM (PDT) Comment 54

I've been using one of these for about a year, and find it very valuable. I've mostly used it for downloading 256 MB cards, but now also a 512 MB card. Making sure your iPod battery is fully charge before starting a transfer is very important.

As an amateur photographer, I take a lot of photos (200+ per day), and the reader allows me to only need with 1 or 2 CF cards for a 2 week trip. Without the reader I'd need 15 CF cards, so the reader is good value for me.

On occasions that the iPod battery went flat during a transfer, I notice that all of the files that have been transferred successfully to the iPod remain. Provided you knew the order in which the Belkin read the photos off your card (oldest to newest, I'd suspect), then you could put the card back in your camera, delete all those photos that have been successfully transferred, and then download the rest of them after recharging the iPod. Clearly not an ideal solution, but when the battery dies on photo 187 of 189, it would be good to not have to go back to square one.

Anybody have any concrete info on the order in which the reader transfers files ? I could work this out myself of course, but I'm being lazy !

Posted by Luke on September 28, 2004 at 9:07 AM (PDT) Comment 55

I used one of these units together with my 15GB iPod and found that the cable connecting the reade and iPod was quie touchy. Even if the cable was firmly seated and working that just joustling the cable slightly could cause the transfer to terminate. In one case, it caused the iPod to go into the infamous magnifying glass icon disk mode, which meant that it was useless for the next 5 hours. If you use the Belkin, it will NOT be useful on moving bus or on your knee, when it might be joustled.

Posted by artist on October 6, 2004 at 9:03 AM (PDT) Comment 56

anyone know which vendor in taiwan made this??

Posted by jason on October 12, 2004 at 8:52 AM (PDT) Comment 57

I recently acquired a Belkin reader and when I connect up with either a 512BB CF or an 128MB Memory Stick (standard) the iPOD still displays "No card inserted".

I phoned Belkin and they think I have a fault. I just wondered if anyone else had seen this problem?

Posted by Steve H. on November 3, 2004 at 2:08 PM (PDT) Comment 58

Are there any updates on the bench mark test for the new iPod photo and the Belkin media card reader. I'm curious since the new iPod has better battery life. Can the new ipod full charged accept photos from a 1 gig compact flash in RAW format?

Posted by StephenG on November 5, 2004 at 8:48 AM (PDT) Comment 59

I plan on going for a 5+ month hiking trip and need a place to store my pictures. I have two 64MB smartmedia cards, but would likely only use one card per day. I was planning to use this for a daily backup (probably around 50 pictures a day) with a Solio solar recharger. Does this sound practical to anybody?

I know this is slow, but I don't see it as being too much of a drain on the iPod battery if I am uploading less than 64MB per day. I figure the Solio is the only practical recharger since I will only have access to an outlet for a few hours or less per week.

Posted by maarky on February 1, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT) Comment 60

Are there any other alternative brands available now? I noticed that its price on the Belkin website has dropped so I assumed they've got competition or maybe coming up with a new model.

Posted by crafty1 on February 20, 2005 at 1:39 PM (PDT) Comment 61

thnx for the update

Posted by dfbills on April 6, 2005 at 4:46 AM (PDT) Comment 62

wat is this this thing for

Posted by EQUINOX341095 on April 8, 2005 at 1:12 PM (PDT) Comment 63

I have tried to use the Belkin card reader with Sony memory sticks. It seems to work fine with standard memory sticks up to 128 Mb. But I Have not been able to use it with either Memory stick pro or pro duo with the adapter. I use only Sony branded memory so my problem is not Lexar. I have contected Belkiin support desk and they have indicated to me that they do NOT support the pro or pro duo at this time. . I Have several 512MB pro duo sticks I do not want to buy any more 128 Mb sticks. If anyone has been able to make a pro version work I would like to hear from you

Posted by ablock on April 8, 2005 at 2:59 PM (PDT) Comment 64

Hi, I have just purchased a Belkin Media Reader and have now discovered that it is not compatible with my Lexar Media Memory Stick Pro 256MB. It will however transfer photos successfully from my Sony Memory Stick 16MB which came free with my digital camera. Unfortunately I will need to buy a new stick for my trip to France this July. Which memory stick should I buy? I want to buy another Sony one, but should I get the 128MB or 256MB? I hope to get the 256MB if possible. Is this sensible?

Posted by bondish on May 31, 2005 at 11:24 PM (PDT) Comment 65

I have a panasonic av100 camcorder which records in mpeg2 on a sd card
Does the Belkin recognise the format?
If not can anyone reccomend one that recognises video files

Posted by keelby on June 20, 2005 at 5:18 PM (PDT) Comment 66

I bought the new color iPod and Belkin Media Reader last night. Currently I'm performing a test of copying 918MB from my Sandisk CF II, and I *wish* I was observing ~2s/MB transfer rates. What I'm seeing is almost 5s/MB. After 50 mins it has copied 383/574 photos which I estimate to be 612MB/918MB. The iPod battery looks to be about 1/3 left so it might make it but it will be close. If I was really getting the 2s/MB at least I could comfortably do 1 full dump.

I also tried the Belkin Data Link?, but it didn't seem to like my existing reader or my Digital Rebel XT.

Any comments on my observed speed?

Posted by utdjohn on August 10, 2005 at 8:39 AM (PDT) Comment 67

i'm confused. i recently bought an 80GB ipod with software version 1.2.1. i also bought a belkin media reader that says it works with ipod software 2.1 or later. how can a product made in 2003 require a software version later than what's on my brand new ipod (which also says there are no updates available)? when i follow the media reader instructions & plug it into my ipod, i get the following message, "the currently attached accessory is not supported by this ipod." neither does the light on the media reader come on. what do i need to do to make this setup work?

Posted by siddingo on July 20, 2007 at 11:43 PM (PDT) Comment 68

addenda to above:
if it makes any difference, i use OS 10.4.10, & the media reader did not work with my ipod mini either. the belkin packaging says, "for ipods with dock connector," which of course both the mini & the 80GB have. so what's going on here?
thanx again.

Posted by siddingo on July 21, 2007 at 12:02 AM (PDT) Comment 69
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