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Old Jan 5, 2007, 5:42 AM   #1
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I see that the latest Fuji models have SD as well as XD capability. One has to wonder how much longer Olympus can afford to shoot itself in the foot with its XD only offerings.
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Forever I expect. We have no problem buying XD cards and good cheap readers that will read every card in the market place.
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Old Feb 23, 2007, 8:49 AM   #3
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No, there is no problem - but consider:

price 1 GB xD = price 2GB SD/SDHC (or even 4 GB SD/SDHC)



I use all kinds of memory cards, but "hate" SONY's memorystick and xD cards :sad:
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I just took a look at Lexar 1GB cards. B & H has xD and SD cards at exactly the same price. CFs were three dolloars more.
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I just took a look at Lexar 1GB cards. B & H has xD and SD cards at exactly the same price. CFs were three dolloars more.
Yes, at $29.95...

Why would anyone actually want to buy a standard speed SD card at $29.95 ?

You can buy a Kingston 1gb SD for $9.95 or a faster Kingston 1gb at $13.95 with a $5 m.i.r. bringing the price down to $8.95

And for $10 less ($19.95) you could get a 2gb sd card..
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Back to the original question, "Is Olympus shooting itself in the foot with xD?" my position was and is no. When spending $350+ on a camera the small difference memory card prices is irrelevant. In our work cameras the overarching issue is dust proof/water-resistance of the Stylus line of camera. On the other hand in the $79.95 marketplace the difference in memory card prices is a much more significant factor in the cost of ownership so it may influence sales a little. Olympus's business decision is do the loss of sales in that market sufficient for them to invest in changing card types? I suspect not.

Personally I only need a couple of cards per camera so if I were spending $350+ for a camera at B & H I'd spend a little more and buy my cards there at the same time just to simplify my life and shorten the time frame to get operational.
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