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Old Mar 8, 2006, 9:56 AM   #1
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Any particular brand of xd card or batteries preferable to others?

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I think most of the xD cards are made by the same company, Samsung. I have both Olympus and Fuji xD cards, and they both say Samsung on them. I haven't seen any difference in performance between them. There are also different 'flavor' xD cards, such as 'regular' xD, 'M' series xD, and 'H' series xD. I have 'regular' xD cards. I can't say which is better, if any. The 'H' series was supposed to be faster, but I've heard that is not necessarily true in all cameras.

Regarding batteries, I use Nexcell 2400's and Sanyo 2500's. They are both excellent batteries. Powerex and Energizer are also highly rated. Get yourself a decent 'smart' charger (one which knows when to shut itself off when charging is comlete, rather than one which uses a timer).

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Old Mar 8, 2006, 6:03 PM   #3
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Which charger would you recommend?

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I have several Hubgiant CHG2000PDSC's, which are identical to the Lightning Pack 4000N, available from:

http://www.ripvan100.com/products_recharger.htm

They are fast and don't overheat the batteries. They automatically switch over to trickle charge when charging is complete, and have a discharge function, should the batteries develop a memory.

I also have a Sanyo NC-MQH01U, which isn't bad either. I bought it with 6 Sanyo 2500 AA's and 2 Sanyo 900 AAA's in Costco for less than $25.

The Maha MH-C204W and the La Crosse BC-900 charger are highly rated, although a bit more expensive.

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Get the regular xD cards before they run out. The M card is much slower than the regular xD cards, the H cards offers no additional speed improvement over the regular xD cards, at least not on the S5200.

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I purchased a Lightning Pack 4000N off the 'net right about the time I bought my 5200. Also got a deal on an 8 pack of Energizer 2500 mah batteries at like loews or home depot. I got 187 pictures off the batteries that came with my 5200, abnout 1/3 of them flash. That was pretty impressive. The 4000N charger does a good job, and the batteries get just warm, no where near hot. I ran a set of older 1500 mah through it I thought had bought the farm, but after a couple cycles in the 4000N they seem to be working fine again.
I have Fuji, Olympus, San Disk and Kodak xd cards for my 5200. I can not tell any difference in the brands. They are all standard xd cards.
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The 187 pictures you took with the batteries...you're referring to the alkaline batteries that came with the camera, correct? How many exposures do you get with the Energizer 2500's?

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