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Jobo announces two new photo storage devices  
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | by Rob Galbraith
Jobo has announced two new photo storage devices, the GIGA Vu SONIC and GIGA one SONIC.

The GIGA Vu SONIC features a card-to-device transfer speed of up to about 34MB/second, RAW file viewing (the actual RAW data can be decoded and displayed), support for CompactFlash, SD/SDHC and other formats, four hard drive capacities up to 250GB and a 3.2in (diagonal), 320 x 240 pixel color screen with various picture display options including multi-level zoom. The Giga Vu SONIC's appearance and features suggests it's a rebranded version of the Sanho HyperDrive COLORSPACE UDMA.

With a 1.8in (diagonal) monochrome display and a card-to-device transfer speed that tops out at under 20MB/second, the GIGA One SONIC is more rudimentary and is meant primarily for picture storage in the field rather than both storage and viewing. This also appears to be a Jobo version of a Sanho product, in this case the HyperDrive SPACE.

Both models are to ship worldwide in March 2009. More information is in the press release below.

Press Release

Gummersbach, Germany (February 25, 2009) – JOBO AG announces today two new portable image storage devices – the GIGA Vu SONIC and the GIGA one SONIC.
 
For professionals that need high-end secure back-up of their digital images, the new GIGA Vu SONIC portable image storage device features an ultra quick download speed of up to 1 GB of data in 30 seconds, TRUE RAW decoding of numerous RAW image files, four hard disc capacities up to 250 GB, a large high resolution 3.2” color display and numerous picture functions.
 
For the more budget-minded digital photographer, the affordable new JOBO GIGA one SONIC features extremely fast picture storage (transfers up to 1GB of data in less than one minute), a long-lasting battery, four hard disc capacities up to 200 GB, a 1.8” LCD display and convenient operation via five easy-to-use buttons.
 
“On-the-go storage and retrieval of digital image files has become a day-to-day fact of life for busy photographers,” said Johannes Bockemuehl-Simon, JOBO’s CEO. “Not only are these new units extremely fast when it comes to downloading all digital data for safe and reliable backup storage, they are available in various capacities and price points sure to please any photographer looking for the best backup protection their money can buy.”
 
These new PC and Mac compatible image storage devices accommodate all popular media cards featuring slots for CompactFlash (CF) I/II, Microdrive, SecureDigital (SD), SDHC, (Memory Stick) MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, and MultiMediaCard (MMC). In addition, the GIGA Vu SONIC can store and display digital data in popular file formats such as JPG and even various specific RAW camera formats.
 
GIGA Vu SONIC Specifications:
• 80, 120, 160 or 250 GB hard disk
• Display: high resolution 3.2” QVGA color display (320 x 240 pixels)
• Ultrafast data transfer incl. data verification function (1 GB in 30 sec)
• TRUE RAW decoding of numerous RAW image files
• Functions: thumbnail view of pictures, slide show, picture rotation (90°, 180°, 270°), picture deletion, multi-level zoom function, user interface skin options, copying and deleting of files and folders, histogram display
• Supports incremental backup (synchronization between memory card and hard disk, automatic incremental backup to most recent folder, manual incremental backup to user defined folder)
• Memory card slots for: CompactFlash I/II, MicroDrive, SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS MagicGate, MS Select, MS PRO MagicGate
• USB 2.0 high speed with OTG function
• Connection to PC: USB 2.0 high speed (backwards compatible to USB 1.1)
• Battery: rechargeable Li-ion battery (3.7 V, 2200 mAh)
• Battery capacity: up to 250 GB data transfer
• System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.x, 10.x & higher, Linux
• Dimensions: 133 x 75 x 25 mm
• Weight: 280 g
• Included in the package: USB cable, AC adapter (100-240V), car adapter, carrier bag, instruction manual
 
GIGA one SONIC Specifications:
• 80, 120, 160 or 200 GB hard disk
• Extra fast data transfer (1 GB in less than 1 min)
• LCD display: 1.8“ (monochrome)
• Connection to PC: USB 2.0 high speed/full speed, USB 1.0 compatible
• Memory card slots for: CF type I & II, MicroDrive, SD, MMC, xD, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo/Pro
• Data transfer modes: from memory card to GIGA one SONIC, from GIGA one SONIC to memory card, from GIGA one SONIC to computer (via USB)
• Operation: 5 control buttons
• Internal Li-ion battery (3.7 V, 2200 mAh)
• Battery capacity: up to 120 GB data transfer
• System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.x, 10.x & higher, Linux
• Dimensions: 127 x 73 x 20 mm
• Weight: 240 g
• Included in the package: USB cable, AC adapter (100-240V), car adapter, carrier bag, instruction manual
 
The new GIGA one SONIC is USB 2.0 compatible, features a battery Status indicator, energy-saving function, large 1.8” LCD screen, and a sturdy aluminium casing. In addition, the new GIGA one SONIC’s LCD screen clearly displays the amount of hard drive disc space available as well as the status of every download.
 
Available next month worldwide and showing for the first time in the U.S. at PMA 09, the GIGA Vu SONIC is offered with four different storage capacities – 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 250GB. Retail prices are respectively: GIGA Vu SONIC: € 329,00 (80GB), € 369,00 (120GB), € 409,00 (160GB), and € 449,00 (250GB); GIGA one SONIC: € 189,00 (80GB), € 229,00 (120GB), € 269,00 (160GB), and € 329,00 (200GB).


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