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Old Jan 1, 2003, 3:41 PM   #11
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One other downside to using a card reader: the wear and tear on the media hatch of your camera. Sometimes there are just plastic lugs that may eventually wear or break off. Other cameras have a spring loaded metal latch that is much better.
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Old Jan 1, 2003, 6:37 PM   #12
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I've seen a couple of reports of cameras being dissabled because somthing broke in the mechanism that locks the card in place. Rare - but another problem that doesn't happen if you use the camera's USB connection.
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Old Jan 1, 2003, 8:15 PM   #13
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I've seen a couple of reports of cameras being dissabled because somthing broke in the mechanism that locks the card in place. Rare - but another problem that doesn't happen if you use the camera's USB connection.
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Many cams do not have lock mech as card readers do not either for the SM. Bill I really was hopen that Santa would bring you a card reader so you could join the rest of us in the 21st century. :idea:
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Old Jan 1, 2003, 10:04 PM   #14
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One other downside to using a card reader: the wear and tear on the media hatch of your camera.
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Is there not a hatch to cover were your USB plugs into cam?
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 1:24 AM   #15
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What types of media are there?
Compac Flash
SD dont know what is stands for
MMC this one either
Memory stick
possibly Video input
anything else?
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 2:16 AM   #16
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SD secure digital, Multi Media Card. believe those cards are the same size. the new xD is the smallest with potentail to goto 8 gig.
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 10:28 AM   #17
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Let us not forget the floppy disk 1.44 mb that some of the Sony cameras use.
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 4:35 PM   #18
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Personally, I like the card reader approach. It typically means no extra software, as support for them is built into the various operating systems. You can access the images directly, since the card will appear as another disk drive. I tend to avoid loading my computers with extra, un-needed software, and I feel that software that comes with cameras generally falls into this category (with a few exceptions, of course).

However, the camera to PC approach does have merit, especially if you want to snap a few pics, then transfer to PC for emailing or web posting, then snap a few more, transfer, mail or post, repeating this over and over.
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 8:25 PM   #19
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Well, with my camera it operates the same way, as an external drive in Windows Explorer (just like the card reader would), and all that's needed a is small driver (just like many card readers require)...I didn't bother with the software supplied with the camera (tried it just to see what it's like, and then got rid of it).
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