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Old Oct 8, 2005, 7:48 AM   #1
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Would someone kindly explain the advantages if any of using a Card Reader or Card Adapter rather than the SD card or S2 cameraconnected directly to my PC.

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Old Oct 10, 2005, 3:53 AM   #2
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Mack,

The usual reason given for using a memory card reader instead of connecting your camera to upload photos is that you will not put extra drain on the camera batteries. Using a card reader is also said to reduce wear and tear on the hinges and the terminals within the cameras memory card compartment. Finally, some card readers transfer images to a computer faster than transfers by your digital camera.

I use my card reader when I have replaced a full memory card in my camera with my spare. Rather than remove the empty or partially full card from my camera, replacing it with the full one just to upload it to my PC, I will simply insert it into my card reader.

I have also actually mailed a memory card (in its plastic case) to a friend when my PC was down and before I owned any photo editing software so he could rework selected photos. He then used his card reader to upload the photos, optimized them, burned them to CD and mailed the disc along with my memory card back to me!

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Old Oct 10, 2005, 8:08 AM   #3
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A3D -- thanks for clarifying.

"Extra drain on the batteries" I've got covered with a Power Adapter.

As far as reducing wear and tear on the hinges and terminals with the memory card compartment, you still have to take the card out of the camera and put it back in when you are done. With all due respect, I don't see a great advantage there!

Speed of transfer is probably one good reason...how do I know which reader transfers faster than any other?:?

I'll probably get one anyway, you can never have too many toys!

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