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Tablet with HDMI/video input?

chunky649 837 June 2, 2012 at 08:25 AM
I wonder if there is a tablet that has HDMI or video input? So I can plug in my DSLR camera for instant review?

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I wonder if there is a tablet that has HDMI or video input? So I can plug in my DSLR camera for instant review?
There's no such animal but you can find some that have SD card slots, like the Toshiba Thrive and a few others.
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Yea that will require a tv tuner type of card and will never happen. As rocky said maybe find one that can take an SD card. You might also be able to get a tablet that can accept a usb device and do it via SD -> usb -> tablet but im not sure if that is even possible.
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Yea that will require a tv tuner type of card and will never happen. As rocky said maybe find one that can take an SD card. You might also be able to get a tablet that can accept a usb device and do it via SD -> usb -> tablet but im not sure if that is even possible.
That same Thrive tablet has a full size USB input, but the OP's camera might require a special software to work that way,
I've also heard of some tablets that have mini or micro USB ports that might work too.
For me, I'd prefer to use the SD card rather than dick around with a wire, but the OP may want to do some editing from his cam, using the tablet as his viewing screen.
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Actually, my camera (and many others) have composite and HDMI output, so no TV tuner required.. I think a camera use (or car use) LCD display isn't very expensive...but if I can save some money, and/or carry less device on the road, that would be great.
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Actually, my camera (and many others) have composite and HDMI output, so no TV tuner required.. I think a camera use (or car use) LCD display isn't very expensive...but if I can save some money, and/or carry less device on the road, that would be great.
A tuner / capture card is required on the tablet to accept video input... And if it has HDMI then yes you can use a desktop lcd display.
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you could get one of the wifi cards

http://www.eye.fi/products/mobilex2
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you could get one of the wifi cards

http://www.eye.fi/products/mobilex2
Thanks. I'm considering this. Some people say it works with my camera, some say it doesn't... it might be an overheating issue. Also, this is an image transfer device... It won't let me do real-time focusing/review of what the camera see.

A dedicated HDMI screen (essentially, a 7" LCD TV) cost ~$200 on ebay, which is not terribly expensive, but if I can get the functionality in a tablet, which I'm shopping for anyway, it would save some money, and luggage space!
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Thanks. I'm considering this. Some people say it works with my camera, some say it doesn't... it might be an overheating issue. Also, this is an image transfer device... It won't let me do real-time focusing/review of what the camera see.

A dedicated HDMI screen (essentially, a 7" LCD TV) cost ~$200 on ebay, which is not terribly expensive, but if I can get the functionality in a tablet, which I'm shopping for anyway, it would save some money, and luggage space!
I know you are trying to save space but If I was to higher you for an event and you where showing me 15+mp DSLR photos on some 1024x768 tablet I would not be happy. Though I can't think of anything other then a computer screen or tablet or projector.

Any chance there is an addon for the camera to connect to wifi/stream?
Also what about something like a dell xps ultra book, a little bigger then a tablet (13in) and a usb capture card that supports hdmi or composite? When you add that 7in screen + a tablet a ultra book would not cost much more?
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I know you are trying to save space but If I was to higher you for an event and you where showing me 15+mp DSLR photos on some 1024x768 tablet I would not be happy. Though I can't think of anything other then a computer screen or tablet or projector.

Any chance there is an addon for the camera to connect to wifi/stream?
Also what about something like a dell xps ultra book, a little bigger then a tablet (13in) and a usb capture card that supports hdmi or composite? When you add that 7in screen + a tablet a ultra book would not cost much more?
Saving space and money. I'm not a professional, but in some case, would like to review my photo in my hotel room/train/car/plane, or in very rare cases, instantly while I'm taking photos. Carrying an ultra portable laptop (USB works well actually, with Canon's camera control software), but price/bulk is not ideal.... I really want to minimize weight. For example, I've just booked a flight to Peru from today's SD. I'm tagging a miles flight (using British Air Avio) to Easter Island. I intend to to carry only a backpack for the ~12 day trip, so i really want to minimize the amount of hardware I have to carry. Thief/damage is also a concern for me on this type of trip...

From this thread, the solution I seek do not exist. I may just pick up a 7" pad....Without this criteria, my requirements are not easy to meet either: 7", atleast 720p resolution, play most HD content without lag, memory card support, GPS, and be chargable by USB (no extra charger).
I considered the HTC flyer, Nook Tablet, and Samsung 7" none of these meet all my requirements. (The charger is the most frustrating one...)
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Saving space and money. I'm not a professional, but in some case, would like to review my photo in my hotel room/train/car/plane, or in very rare cases, instantly while I'm taking photos. Carrying an ultra portable laptop (USB works well actually, with Canon's camera control software), but price/bulk is not ideal.... I really want to minimize weight. For example, I've just booked a flight to Peru from today's SD. I'm tagging a miles flight (using British Air Avio) to Easter Island. I intend to to carry only a backpack for the ~12 day trip, so i really want to minimize the amount of hardware I have to carry. Thief/damage is also a concern for me on this type of trip...

From this thread, the solution I seek do not exist. I may just pick up a 7" pad....Without this criteria, my requirements are not easy to meet either: 7", atleast 720p resolution, play most HD content without lag, memory card support, GPS, and be chargable by USB (no extra charger).
I considered the HTC flyer, Nook Tablet, and Samsung 7" none of these meet all my requirements. (The charger is the most frustrating one...)
Yea I understand the weight/ space issue with flying. I would still look in to the ultra books because of their battery life also, I guy I talked to gets 8+ on his asus. If your camera can somehow connect to wifi then I would say you have more options. That or if your a tinker and maybe something with a Rasperry Pi or something but it would be ahack at best.
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Saving space and money. I'm not a professional, but in some case, would like to review my photo in my hotel room/train/car/plane, or in very rare cases, instantly while I'm taking photos. Carrying an ultra portable laptop (USB works well actually, with Canon's camera control software), but price/bulk is not ideal.... I really want to minimize weight. For example, I've just booked a flight to Peru from today's SD. I'm tagging a miles flight (using British Air Avio) to Easter Island. I intend to to carry only a backpack for the ~12 day trip, so i really want to minimize the amount of hardware I have to carry. Thief/damage is also a concern for me on this type of trip...

From this thread, the solution I seek do not exist. I may just pick up a 7" pad....Without this criteria, my requirements are not easy to meet either: 7", atleast 720p resolution, play most HD content without lag, memory card support, GPS, and be chargable by USB (no extra charger).
I considered the HTC flyer, Nook Tablet, and Samsung 7" none of these meet all my requirements. (The charger is the most frustrating one...)
$200 is all it takes for a near perfect solution.
Not only does this tablet have a USB port, it's a full size one, eliminating the need for adapters.
This device DOES play 720p content, it DOES have the capacity to play the content on a TV , for when you're staying in hotels, and again, it's a full size HDMI output which delivers the entire signal and not the stunted video from a mini/micro HDMI port.
It weighs less than 2 pounds, so it blows laptops away in weight and although it is not considered thin by tablet standards, it's only .63 of an inch, so its portability is superb, and to top it off, the textured back plate, gives you a better grip than any other tablet on the market.
It's an Android device, so its general compatibility for whatever, is unsurpassed, and the quantity of available apps is way beyond what one individual could ever use.
Your may or may not be able to find or rig a USB charger for it, and I imagine the reason you want that feature is for when you go to places that don't have electricity, but even if you can't charge it by USB, this unit has another feature that no other tablet has, a removable back plate and a replaceable battery, so you could easily procure a spare battery and have tons of usability, let's say a good 15 hours of normal usage. As the cost of the device is an important factor, you'll be glad to know that the spare battery sells at Amazon for the meager price of $25.
What more could you want than all the features mentioned above?
Have I missed anything?
Oh yeah.... I forgot..... YES, it does accept SD cards, and not only does it have an SD slot, but a FULL SIZE one, so again, no adapters necessary.
One other thing that you mentioned is theft. I'm guessing that you just mentioned that in passing and that you have no expectations that the device be theft proof.
So there you have it, a high quality resistant solution for $200.
How does that sound to you?
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$200 is all it takes for a near perfect solution.
Not only does this tablet have a USB port, it's a full size one, eliminating the need for adapters.
This device DOES play 720p content, it DOES have the capacity to play the content on a TV , for when you're staying in hotels, and again, it's a full size HDMI output which delivers the entire signal and not the stunted video from a mini/micro HDMI port.
It weighs less than 2 pounds, so it blows laptops away in weight and although it is not considered thin by tablet standards, it's only .63 of an inch, so its portability is superb, and to top it off, the textured back plate, gives you a better grip than any other tablet on the market.
It's an Android device, so its general compatibility for whatever, is unsurpassed, and the quantity of available apps is way beyond what one individual could ever use.
Your may or may not be able to find or rig a USB charger for it, and I imagine the reason you want that feature is for when you go to places that don't have electricity, but even if you can't charge it by USB, this unit has another feature that no other tablet has, a removable back plate and a replaceable battery, so you could easily procure a spare battery and have tons of usability, let's say a good 15 hours of normal usage. As the cost of the device is an important factor, you'll be glad to know that the spare battery sells at Amazon for the meager price of $25.
What more could you want than all the features mentioned above?
Have I missed anything?
Oh yeah.... I forgot..... YES, it does accept SD cards, and not only does it have an SD slot, but a FULL SIZE one, so again, no adapters necessary.
One other thing that you mentioned is theft. I'm guessing that you just mentioned that in passing and that you have no expectations that the device be theft proof.
So there you have it, a high quality resistant solution for $200.
How does that sound to you?
I'm not sure what you're describing. Is it the Acer tablet? Or a domestic Chinese brand tablet? For me, portability is important. If I'm carrying a 10" tablet with dedicated charger, I mind as well carry my laptop... The reason I want USB charging is because I have a 1 amp apple knockoff charger from Hong Kong that is literally 1" x 1" x 2" (including prongs). This charges my MP3 player (Sansa clip) and android phone.
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I'm not sure what you're describing. Is it the Acer tablet? Or a domestic Chinese brand tablet? For me, portability is important. If I'm carrying a 10" tablet with dedicated charger, I mind as well carry my laptop... The reason I want USB charging is because I have a 1 amp apple knockoff charger from Hong Kong that is literally 1" x 1" x 2" (including prongs). This charges my MP3 player (Sansa clip) and android phone.
Alright.
If a top quality 10 inch tablet that weighs less than 2 pounds and is less than 2/3 of an inch thick and comes with a charger, is too cumbersome for you, then this is not the solution, not that a solution exists elsewhere in the market.
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Alright.
If a top quality 10 inch tablet that weighs less than 2 pounds and is less than 2/3 of an inch thick and comes with a charger, is too cumbersome for you, then this is not the solution, not that a solution exists elsewhere in the market.
You didn't mention what that tablet is... :-)

Yes, to me, as a traveling tool, carrying a 10" tablet with charger is a compromise that is too large (literally) compared to a full functioning ultralight laptop. Its not even the weight. Its the size, bulk, cables.

For example, I was seriously considering the HTC flyer and the Nook Tablet, but they both require dedicated chargers. In fact, I think the HTC flyer requires its own special USB cable!

When I was in China last year, I brought my sister a cheapo AINOL 7" media player. It was essentially a tablet, with touchscreen, games, played media off a microSD card. It charged via USB cable off my laptop or generic USB charger. It even had video out (not HDMI). I believe they were advertising tablet versions
(android, wifi, GPS) for ~$140usd. However, my friend told me to hold off, since the quality was suspect, and there would be an flood of these tablets with better functionality and lower price coming soon. (He was right!) So I believe the technical solution I'm looking for exist, but in a cheapo off-brand tablet....However, as I've found with stuff I buy in China, the quality/functionality isn't 100%....that is also a dealbreaker.

I'll continue to look.
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