Memory storage for Digital Photography...
digital camera owner...
Memory! More specifically: storage. Prices are lower than ever on storage media for digital cameras.
Fred Showker, sends this story about his experience with the Smart Media card. . .
More storage... we need more storage! More importantly, are the new devices hitting the markets that utilize the same storage as digital cameras. The Smart Media cards I use for my Olympus cameras, works perfectly in my Olympus Voice recorder, and a number of the new pocketable MP3 players. Even Olympus is coming out with an MP3 player!
Why it really works for me?
Just before leaving for my summer workshop trips, and Macworld, I picked up a SmartMedia-PCMCIA Adapter for my PowerBook and a 16 megabyte SmartMedia card for my Olympus 2020 camera.
What is "Smart Media?"
SmartMedia Cards are known as Solid State Floppy Disks. They're the thinnest storage media in the world today. Compared with conventional memory cards, which use a semiconductor memory assembled on board, SmartMedia has an extremely simple structure. SmartMedia consists of NAND-type flash electronically erasable programmable read only (EEPROM) memory chip embedded in a thin plastic card shaped like a small floppy disk. SmartMedia is based on the ATA and DOS file standard, which ensures interoperability and interchangeability among different applications and systems.
Changing cards couldn't be easier:
I was a little put off when the PCMCIA came with no instructions. They said it was plug-n-play so I shoved it in. After several tries I discovered it does take some effort to get it to hold. The spring-loaded slot is pretty stiff -- I had to use such force I was afraid I was going to break it. My PowerBook has a double slot -- meaning it can handle two PCMCIA units at the same time. I had to be careful that I held the SmartReader in the top-most slot.
The SmartMedia card slides right into the slot, popping out a small 'eject' button. I feared that some sort of software would be required to read the SmartMedia card, but to my amazement the card showed up on the desktop just like a hard drive. When I double-clicked it, I saw the files, complete with QuickTime icons, all ready to be dragged over to the hard drive.
Changing cards requires removal of the reader - easily accomplished by dragging the thing to the trash can. Beware: when it ejects it really ejects. That stiff spring in the PCMCIA slot fires it out with some force -- the first time did it the whole thing shot out, scooting across the table and onto the floor. Since then I cup my hand and catch it as it's fired out of the slot.
Changing cards is easy, just slide the next one in, and insert the reader back into the slot and presto, another hard drive appears on the desktop.
Whether it's for yourself, or as a gift for a digital camera bug on your holiday list, this is one of the best add-ons possible for a digital camera. You can get everything you need at your dial-up online shopping web site, or from one of the computer catalogs that come every other day. If you wish, zip on over to the Simpletech web site at http://www.simpletech.com or drop an email out to their excellent support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go shopping: You can get 64 Megs right now for just $29.95 !
Hope I helped.
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