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Old Apr 20, 2004, 4:38 PM   #1
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Default Card reader VS camera

Question is a card reader faster when downloading your pics then when you down load pics via your camera ?
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 12:24 PM   #2
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More importantly, you do not need to use your camera's battery when using the card reader. That was one of the reason I bought the reader.
Camera battery last only good number of charges.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 12:48 PM   #3
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The reader is faster and doesn't drain your camera's battery
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:41 PM   #4
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It is a matter of your own preference: in general, a card reader is much faster than using the USB connection to the camera. It is also true that most damage to memory comes from handling so there is less chance of damage (still small if you are carefull) by using the camera's USB connection. Since an AC adapter is cheaper than a card reader, and is usefull for tethered operation, battery use isn't really an issue.

Your choice. There isn't a big chance of damage if you are carefull handling the memory. If you are not carefull, you are likely to have problems in any case.
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Old Apr 24, 2004, 7:16 AM   #5
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Default also depends on what you'd prefer

I have a Dimage XG my first cam of any kind, takes roughly a minute or a few seconds more for me to copy over 50 images taken at 2048 Quality = Fine to the PC (and my PC only supports USB 1.1 Ver.)

So I'm more than happy I don't consider it a hassle or anything, would be more of a hassle to take out the memory card and place it back inside the cam each time I wanted to transfer over the pics to the PC for me.

Also as for battery life, 1st couple of days I used the cam alot to take roughly over 200 pics, the 3rd day I had to recharge the battery, only takes 90 mins roughly to recharge though. 8)
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Old Apr 26, 2004, 6:11 PM   #6
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Hi joeysoap...

You can read my thoughts on your dilemma here (below) :

http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=24034

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Old Apr 28, 2004, 2:35 PM   #7
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http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=24034
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2. Never connect your cam via the USB cable supplied.
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That is one way to do it, but why not use the camera's USB connection? It is generally slower than a card reader, but why not at least try it to find out how much slower?
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Old Apr 29, 2004, 7:29 PM   #8
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Hi Bill,

I use card reader exclusively for the mobility.

I do not need to depend on an operating system
if on the road to "see" my dig cam.

Also, nice to have one layer of "separation" between
"guest" PC and my digcam.

I like 6-in-1 readers (or higher 9-in-1) because then
if friends stop by and want to see their photos I can
just swap the media in.

Hope this helps, Bill
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Old Apr 29, 2004, 10:25 PM   #9
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I've never done anything but connect to the computer - has worked well for me over the past 5 years or so. Direct USB or RS-232 connection works with most computers that I hook the USB cable to, and I suspect that the computers my camera doesn't work with would have a hard time with a card reader as well.

I think it is a matter of taste, either way works.
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Old May 13, 2004, 10:40 AM   #10
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If you have USB2 be sure to get a USB2 reader.

Much, much faster 5 to 10 times what you get from the camera. Just be sure you don't 'zap' the card when you handle it.
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