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Flip camcorders, and their FlipShare software, have been specifically designed to plug into a laptop's USB port in order to copy movies across, so this would be the most natural way to use one. Also, laptops and netbooks have mass storage built in, often in the form of a 320GB or 500GB hard drive. Tablets don't have as much built in storage, typically from 8GB to 64GB. Copying movies from a tablet to an external hard drive would be an extra step, and would not actually provide a backup.
Flip says a third-generation Flip Mino HD can capture 120 minutes of video on its 8GB of built-in memory. If you can know roughly how much you might shoot, you can estimate how much storage you will need. An hour of video per week would take up about 50GB.
I haven't tried using a Flip HD camcorder with a tablet, so perhaps readers can report how well it works. However, the idea raises some potential problems. First, if the tablet has a USB port, can it provide enough power to handle a Flip HD for a sustained period? (File copying can be a bit slow.) Bear in mind that the Flip HD expects the USB port to recharge it, and I doubt that's what the tablet's designers had in mind!
Second, can the tablet play files in the Flip HD's native video format? If the tablet can play them, can it edit them? You probably won't want to attempt any sophisticated video editing while you're away, but the ability to "top and tail" videos is a big advantage and can save you a lot of storage space. You can do this with FlipShare, and you can also grab "stills" from your videos. (There's a Flip Video app for Android but it can't edit videos and almost half of its ratings are one star.)
If you're serious about taking a tablet rather than a laptop, you'll need to test its Flip HD compatibility extra-thoroughly before you set off ... though of course, you should do that anyway.
SD cards for sound
The Tascam DR-05 digital sound recorder saves recordings on SD (Secure Digital) cards. Again, it has a USB port for transferring files to a laptop, and if you run out of batteries, you can run the DR-05 plugged into a laptop's USB port. However, it's probably simpler to remove the SD card and slot it into your main device, which might be a laptop or a tablet with an SD card slot.
If you record MP3 files, then storage shouldn't be a problem. Check to see how big your existing files are, and guess how many recordings you might make. I suspect that a couple of 8GB or 16GB cards will get you through. If you intend to record uncompressed WAV files, then you will probably have to budget space on your PC's hard drive.
If you are really taking an Olympus XA2 – meaning the compact camera from the 1980s – then you don't have to worry about digital storage for photos. However, 35mm colour films are susceptible to heat, which is why serious photographers store their films in the fridge.
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