The LaCie DJI CoPilot BOSS is a transportable onerous drive with an inside battery and added interfaces. The interfaces embody an SD card slot, USB-C and USB-A connectors, and a customized cable for connecting the gadget to a telephone or pill.
There’s an app obtainable for each Apple and Android gadgets which provides you the flexibility to carry out easy procedures on saved photographs.
The gadget is supposed to be easy and straightforward to make use of whereas offering lengthy battery life for prolonged intervals away from a pc or outlet. The thought is to take away the necessity to take a cumbersome or brittle laptop computer into the wilds whereas taking pictures. However nonetheless, permit for backing up of important pictures whereas on location.
Who’s the LaCie DJI Copilot BOSS for?
Whereas the drive is marketed by DJI, a number one drone producer, the drive can be utilized by any photographer. With its ruggedized overlaying, it’s meant to journey far and huge. Its interfaces make it gadget agnostic. In case you have an SD card (or micro-SD with the included adapter) or a USB connection, this gadget will be just right for you.
It’s meant to be straightforward and simple with out the additional price that comes with all types of unused bells and whistles.
- 2 terabyte (TB) capability
- 5.3″ x 4.3″ x 1.4″ (136mm x 111mm x 36mm)
- 1.2lbs / .53kg
- Appropriate with Window 10 or larger and Mac OS X 10.10 or larger by way of USB-C 3.1, Thunderbolt, 3, USB 2 or 3
- Cell phones/tablets working iOS 10.Three or larger or Android 4.Four or larger
- Connects to cellular gadgets by way of included Lightning, micro USB or USB-C
- Comes with a wall charger with multi-country adapters in addition to a micro USB adapter
- For reference sake, the 2TB drive can obtain 31 x 64GB playing cards. That’s about 70,000 20MP pictures (at roughly 28MB every) and hours of 4K video. Storage capability varies relying in your digital camera settings.
- Urged retail worth is $349USD
The unit might be charged with the included AC adapter (extra on that in a minute) or by means of the USB-C connection, however solely when linked to a pc or energy pack, not by means of a wall charger.
The unit does have the flexibility to cost by way of its USB-C connection however solely when linked to a laptop computer/desktop or transportable exterior battery. Once I requested, LeCie acknowledged a wall charger wouldn’t work with the USB-C connection and it was additionally slower than the AC adapter (taking 12 hours to cost from 0-100% vs. Three hours with the AC adapter).
The way it works
Operation of the CoPilot is fairly easy. There’s just one button and also you press it as soon as to get system standing (battery stage and space for storing remaining) or maintain it down for 3 seconds to show the unit on.
Subsequent, insert a reminiscence card, USB drive, USB connection for a telephone or USB connection to your digital camera or drone. The display will ask you, “Copy?” (see picture beneath) and point out one press of the button for sure or maintain down the button for no. Fairly straightforward!
The unit will scan the drive and begin copying, updating standing because it runs. It provides updates with a progress bar and the remaining battery stage of the unit.
In case you press the button, it can additionally present the variety of recordsdata copied alongside the entire variety of photographs to be copied. The subsequent display exhibits that earlier quantity as a proportion full after which is a display displaying the speed at which your card is being backed up.
Some good options
The unit additionally has the flexibility to queue up completely different backups, similar to plugging in each an SD card and a USB drive for complete unattended backup of your gadgets.
When the copy course of is full, the unit will show “Carried out” and it’ll stay on that display till OK is pressed. I really like this characteristic. Up to now, I’ve used items that by no means gave a duplicate affirmation and I’m not one to stare at a tool for 5-30 minutes relying on what number of photographs are being backed up. I by no means knew if a backup failed or accomplished.
The CoPilot will let you know if the copy competed or if there was an error, earlier than letting you progress on to a different card. Very helpful. Additionally, there’s a ring across the exterior of the show displaying, as a proportion, how a lot house has been used on the CoPilot.
Copy procedures might be stopped at any time by merely holding down the button for 3 seconds after which urgent as soon as extra to verify cancelation.
The CoPilot App
The CoPilot App runs on Apple or Android gadgets. I shall be sharing screenshots from an Apple iPad on this article. The unit comes with three cords for connection; Apple Lightning, micro-USB, and USB-C. The twine for connection wraps properly across the unit, a considerate contact.
After the preliminary setup of the app and gadget (these directions are included with the gadget), it’s fairly straightforward to browse photographs saved on the CoPilot and even on inserted SD playing cards or linked USB gadgets. That is useful as it could flip your telephone/pill right into a card reader for different functions.
On the left aspect of the display are the obtainable gadgets, with the primary merchandise being the CoPilot, adopted by the gadget you’re utilizing (my iPad is known as Spiff, as in Spaceman Spiff) after which the opposite ports on the CoPilot.
The principle display exhibits folders on the CoPilot when it’s chosen. The Backups folder is the place every part resides and tapping it brings up a folder for every backup run.
The folders are named by date, the time the backup was began and a novel identifier for every card or gadget. The date is beneath every folder if that makes studying simpler.
Utilizing the app
Tapping a folder will allow you to drill down by means of the standard card construction (relying in your digital camera producer’s specs) till you arrive at your photographs.
At this level, the picture grid might be made fullscreen to cowl extra actual property for those who like.
The LaCie DJI Copilot BOSS Exterior Exhausting Drive can deal with all the key Uncooked and JPEG file sorts in addition to PDFs and some others.
Another faucet brings up a single picture to fill your display. It’s a 100% model, so you may zoom in simply as you’ll in your desktop. There’s not a zoom indicator wherever, although.
There are some things you are able to do with the photograph at this level. The Transfer and Copy choices are each simple. Photographs might be copied both to a different place on the CoPilot or to an hooked up USB or SD card. Rename could be useful to some customers as properly.
Full EXIF info can be obtainable though DJI/LaCie want to scrub up how it’s offered.
I can see why a programmer made it show this fashion, nevertheless it’s not too user-friendly. An publicity time of 0.00200o seconds?
A bit handier is the flexibility to share out the picture with regular platform-specific purposes. Right here you see the usual Apple lineup and I get pleasure from that “Save Picture” is there, making it straightforward to drop the file onto my iPad to be used in a weblog publish or the like.
If put in, the picture might be handed off to the likes of Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop Specific or Dropbox or any of a variety of different apps. Word that these are the RAW (.CR2 within the case of Canon) recordsdata, not JPEGs in case you are taking pictures RAW.
Previews within the app
One small annoyance with the app is the chronological preview creation. On this case, I had over 800 pictures within the folder on the CoPilot so it begins on the high creating previews. Earlier than that all of them appear like this:
And if you wish to work with a picture shot simply moments in the past, it’s going to be on the backside of the folder and you must await the preview to resolve. Not a giant factor, however one thing to notice in case you have hundreds of pictures in a single folder.
In any other case, the app is fairly slim in options. You may rename folders and delete them for those who like, which is helpful. I want I may drag pictures from the primary a part of the display to my iPad folder on the left, however that’s not the case. I’d additionally like the flexibility to star or choose my photographs as I do in Lightroom. That may make the app much more helpful.
In the true world
At instances I assumed I ought to be capable to simply plug a card in (with out powering on the unit) and begin copying. As soon as I acquired over that mentality and was affected person sufficient to attend for it to energy on, I discovered the CoPilot straightforward to make use of.
I actually loved that it may again up all my media, together with my telephone photographs (however not a real backup of my telephone as I do on my desktop). With a cable, I may also obtain straight from my drone, however I typically discovered it simpler to make use of the micro-SD card adapter. In spite of everything, that’s what I do now when downloading drone footage.
The unit is a bit hefty and all of the rubberizing makes it a bit cumbersome. It’s actually not as small as my Western Digital Passports but in addition not as massive as an ordinary exterior drive. I do really feel fairly assured with that mass of rubber coating throughout the shell and the toughness of a non-touchscreen.
It will look like a minor gripe and I suppose it’s, however not proudly owning a more recent Android telephone, I additionally don’t personal a USB-C to USB-A cable. The unit comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable for connecting to your desktop or laptop computer for ultimate obtain and workflow, however not the cable I wanted. Not a giant deal, nevertheless it’s yet another cable.
My larger criticism is with the interface cowl. It’s not tethered to the unit and I simply see myself shedding it inside a month of proudly owning a CoPilot. It’s nice that there’s a cutout on the within of the duvet permitting you to maintain SD playing cards (or the Micro-SD adapter) inserted with the duvet on. However when hooked to USB, that cowl can go lacking.
For portability, I’m not comfortable that I can solely use the considerably cumbersome AC adapter that comes with the unit to cost the onerous drive. When I’m in a foreign country for 2-Three weeks main certainly one of my excursions, I can’t belief that I’ll have sufficient battery energy. So one more energy adapter must be packed and accounted for.
It could be nice if I may cost the unit with USB energy (and that will take away my criticism above). Nevertheless, if I used to be solely going to be gone 1-2 weeks and thought I’d shoot perhaps solely 4000-6000 pictures, I feel it will be okay. This facet wants extra real-world battery drain testing.
Backing up your recordsdata
Sadly, there isn’t a means to carry out incremental backups. The excellent news is you should utilize the app out of your telephone or pill to easily delete the earlier, redundant backup.
Reminiscent of, for those who shoot 400 photographs and again these up, then preserve utilizing the cardboard for one more 600 pictures. Your second backup will include all 1000 pictures and with the app, you may delete the primary backup of 400, if you need. It’s additionally helpful that Lightroom and different desktop apps will acknowledge the duplicates and solely import one copy, so that you don’t must delete the redundant backup copies for those who don’t wish to.
Backup speeds will rely upon the kind of card you’re utilizing. It’s helpful that the unit will let you know the precise throughput (in MBs) whereas it’s downloading so you may estimate time remaining. In my expertise, 40GB of backup from an SD card to the unit used about 6-8% of battery. I’d estimate 12-14 32GB playing cards could possibly be downloaded with every cost.
Lastly, this can be a minor factor, however the rubberized coating of the CoPilot attracts dust and lint. I positioned the unit in a planter for the introductory photograph of this publish and it got here away with dust caught pretty properly to the housing. It’s meant to take a beating, however my unit was not glowing new for lengthy.
Downloading from the CoPilot
When matched with the likes of Lightroom and its means to disregard duplicates, the CoPilot is a breeze when it’s time to obtain pictures at residence or the workplace. Plug into the USB-C connector and begin your import. No have to browse folder to folder.
But, for those who solely wish to obtain a specific day’s price of pictures, the CoPilot’s construction of naming folders first by the date shot is a giant assist in discovering simply the correct pictures. The USB-C is quick at a charge of about 5Gbps.
In any other case, the drive works like another exterior onerous drive and might be learn straight. It will also be used as a card reader whereas plugged in.
Is it price it?
The LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS Exterior Exhausting Drive lists for $349. That’s a hefty worth and never an affordable buy. In case you journey often, this won’t be the correct gadget for you, provided that worth level. But when you end up lugging your laptop computer round solely for use as a conduit for backing up photographs, the CoPilot can pay for itself quickly sufficient.
Personally, after I lead photograph excursions I carry sufficient gear for the group that I don’t wish to deliver a laptop computer. I intend to buy a CoPilot BOSS earlier than my subsequent journey overseas in an effort to lighten my load whereas guaranteeing I all my valuable photographs return with me.