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Old Mar 17, 2003, 4:23 PM   #1
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Default Help!!!-compact flash limit

i finally purchased a digital camera and now that the store has sold me 256 mb compact flash the camera faq say 128 is maximum it will support. Is there a maximum and what would hapen if i did use this card?
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What camera are you refering to?
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i bought a Sipix 3300 just as an introductory camera
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Unfortunately it looks like so: http://www.sipixdigital.com/support/index.shtml
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Q: What is the largest CompactFlash card the SC-3300 can use?
A: The SC-3300 will support up to a 128mb CompactFlash.
The CF standard is pretty generic so IMO the other 1/2 of the card would just go to waste then... It looks like the camera has a physical address space limit by design, and not the CF card. ops:
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Your manual says this:

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Note: Maximum tested CompactFlash card size is 128MB
This is pretty disappointing. They also say 9 pictures stored at max res. and 58 sec AVI movie. But their 'super-fine mode' looks like virtually no compression from the file size. Even 'Fine' mode where they claim 24 pics-that's over 4 Mb per file, should be high quality and lower compression than most 3Mpix cams (my 602 is about 2Mb).

If they only tested 128Mb, either the design was old when bigger CF was not around, or they knew there could be an address limit for bigger cards.

I'd recommend you shoot 'Fine' mode (24 pics) if you plan on keeping this camera.
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either the design was old when bigger CF was not around, or they knew there could be an address limit for bigger cards
This camera was just recently released for $149-199 retail (that's right)... there's tradeoff to be made for this price target!

http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20030213S0030
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.... vice president of sales and marketing, said that 3-Mpixel cameras containing the new image sensor should be available at retail in the next quarter, priced at around $100.
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Thanks for the help. Too bad compusa wasn't aware of that fact but I can't fault them as its not mentioned anywhere on the box or any content that comes with the camera. I just happened to stumble upon this on the web
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I suppose with Mpixels being most peoples yardstick for comparing cameras, there always will be products sold on this alone. The feature set is very interesting, very Fuji like.

Curiously, it runs on 2AA batts - found on some older cams!, but the manual recommends using the cam on an AC adapter! It might make the 24 pics on one battery set, but with flash that's a lot to expect. If the cam took bigger cards, it wouldn't help the battery issue.
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thanks for al the info. I have so much to learn. I bought this for 149$, the canon a40 from dell was on backorder and wouldn;t be in for 3 more weeks so i figured this would get me started and I'll give it to my 13yearold once I'm ready to move on. So far it seems to be decent, simple and clear pics.
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I have this camera and have used a 256mg compactflash card. I have used both the simpletech and the kingston brands and both work. I did notice the 128mb limitation on the website but took a chance and tried the 256mg and it worked. :P
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