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Old Jun 25, 2009, 8:30 AM   #1
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I had a Fuji FinePix with a craddle that I would plop my camera on.
It would interface with my PC and charge the battery.

No popping out the battery to charge or messing with wires.

What decent camaras have that? or I could buy extra accessory.

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For one thing, batteries that can be removed mean you can carry spare batteries.

For another, if you want to connect your camera to another computer, you must have a second cradle.

For another, a cradle means there must be external contacts on the camera that are subject to wear, damage and abuse. Of all the things that can go wrong with any electronic device, the most common problems, by far, are with connectors.
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For one thing, batteries that can be removed mean you can carry spare batteries.

For another, if you want to connect your camera to another computer, you must have a second cradle.

For another, a cradle means there must be external contacts on the camera that are subject to wear, damage and abuse. Of all the things that can go wrong with any electronic device, the most common problems, by far, are with connectors.
*The Fuji had the capability to change batteries.
*The Craddle had 2 wires to it, 1 for PC and 1 to charge. NO second cradle.
*Never had an issue with the EXPOSED connecter, they are all pretty much exposed anyway.
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*The Craddle had 2 wires to it, 1 for PC and 1 to charge. NO second cradle.
That's not what I mean. If you normally have one computer, the one cradle can be hooked up to it. If you have two computers, and you want to use the camera with both, you need a second cradle. And if you take the camera on a visit to grandma's house, if she wants to see the photos, you need to have brought along not just the cradle but the software CD as well.

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*Never had an issue with the EXPOSED connecter, they are all pretty much exposed anyway.
Good luck with that.
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It came with cable for just USB, and never had to load software.
It was a very nice easy setup.

I'm just surprised I don't see it anymore.
Looking for one though.

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...there must be external contacts on the camera that are subject to wear, damage and abuse. Of all the things that can go wrong with any electronic device, the most common problems, by far, are with connectors.
Hear, hear, TCav, well said. Keep it simple. Card readers and separate battery chargers. So that you can change any component in the chain, and still carry on.

How long have you had the "lens is the thing" byline, TCav? Brilliant and so true, especially for users of small cameras, like me! Only just noticed it, to my shame.
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How long have you had the "lens is the thing" byline, TCav? Brilliant and so true, especially for users of small cameras, like me! Only just noticed it, to my shame.
No need to feel shame. I just put it up. I'd been wanting to conclude a lot of my posts with something like that for a while. Then I happened to see a reference to a quote from Hamlet: "The Play's the thing ..." I couldn't help myself, and plagiarized Shakespeare (to my shame.)
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Samsung IT 100 (SL 830 or 820 in US) has craddle, that let you play directly on TV the HD movies via HDMI
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...plagiarized Shakespeare...
He has something for every occasion...

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And all the men and women merely subjects for People Photos:
They have their exits and their entrances
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