With many cameras supporting different degrees of tethered shooting, where the camera is controlled via USB or Ethernet, it seems that the notebook computer has become an important camera accessory, for some at least. They can also do good service on the road to help sort and/or archive photographs. So what would be your ideal notebook if chosen as a camera accessory?
I'll kick off by choosing the new Lenovo ThinkPad X300, described here
and reviewed by CNET here
, by PCPro here
and by NotebookReview.com here
- Processor: 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100
- Memory: 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM (up to 4GB)
- Storage: 64GB solid-state-disk, DVD writer
- Display: 13.3in 1,440 x 900 LED backlit TFT
- Battery: Changeable 6-cell Li-Ion
- Battery Life: about 6 hours
- Connectivity: 3 x USB, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi
- Security: fingerprint reader & TPM 1.2 module
I still have to get my sticky paws on this machine but I've been a long-time fan of ThinkPad notebooks and, while this is in no shape or form a gaming machine, the combination of a ThinkPad keyboard, a great resolution LED backlit screen (for an ultraportable), a solid state hard disk, a DVD burner to archive photographs while away from home and a very usable battery life has me very interested. The biggest downside is the cost which is on a par with the Macbook Air and the lack of the Air's backlit keyboard which would be very handy for astrophotography. Oh, and it sure don't look as sexy as the Air but maybe practicality wins.
So what notebook would you choose?
P.S. No, I don't work for Lenovo!