Peripheral maker Belkin Corp. on Tuesday announced that its Digital Camera Link for iPod ships on May 1, 2004. The peripheral enables digital camera users to transfer images to a third-generation iPod, thus freeing up space on their camera’s internal memory and memory cards.
Belkin already has introduced a Media Reader for iPod that lets you copy the content of your digital camera’s flash storage disks. The Digital Camera Link is different concept all together: It sports a cable that connects to the Dock Connector on the iPod (excluding iPod minis), along with a USB receptacle that connects to the USB cable that came with your digital camera.
So there’s no need to handle the camera’s media card — pressing a recessed transfer button on the Digital Camera Link automatically transfers those images straight from the camera to the iPod using the iPod’s built-in software (v2.1 or higher). A three-stage LED indicator shows you the Digital Camera Link’s progress.
The Digital Camera Link for iPod uses 2 AA batteries (included). It supports all mass-storage DCF-format cameras and PTP-compliant cameras. If you’re not sure if your camera works, Belkin has posted a compatibility chart on the Digital Camera Link Web site as well.
The Digital Camera Link carries an estimated street price of US$79.99.