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Old Jun 21, 2002, 7:57 PM   #1
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Is it really necessary to buy the Minolta 6V AC adapter for the S404, or will a generic 6V adapter work just as well? The Minolta unit is rather pricey at about $45.
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 10:43 PM   #2
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I don't believe it's necessary to buy the Minolta 6V AC adapter. The DigiPower are generic, 1/2 price and also work off 220V overseas unlike Minolta' own unit. As long as the power rating and the plug matches your camera, you're all set! (I believe Circuit City also these units...)
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Thanks for the info. In the meantime, I had purchased a Sandisk memory card reader as another solution. However, the question arises, as to whether repeatedly removing and reinstalling the memory card might be a potential long-term problem with regard to wear on the pins in the camera body?? Has Minolta addressed this issue at all?

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Actually there's quite a few research on this topic, and that's why the pins are on the camera side. The flexible contacts are on the card side, because when worned, can be replaced (ie new cards). The pin has no moving part and unless bend should theoretically outlast your desire for the next digicam ... (a yearly proposition for most people).

Would you rather wear out the tiny USB connector on the camera then since both the camera/cable are not a standardize plugs? beside the Sandisk reader can be left permanently attached to the PC (and no need for an AC adapter in case of a camera powered microdrive...)
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I bought a Radio Shack digital camera power supply for my 7i and it works fine.
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I ended up staying with my card reader. I haven't used my USB card since, and as a result, haven't bought an AC adaptor either. Seems much easier just ot pop out the card and plug it into the reader. Plus, don't have to worry about the "30 sec" wait period suggested by Minolta when changing power sources.

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