Why use a card reader?

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Vern
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Hi to all,

Ths may seem a silly question, but I have been downloading my pictures directly from my camera to a P.C USB2 card, using Kodak software.

What advantage would I have if I used a Card Reader instead?

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

Vern.

harlequin
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depending upon connection from camera to pc , SPEED
card in reader means you can still use camera elsewhere.
card in reader means you can download pics , even if you don't have camera.
saves batteries.

readers work on 2000/xp without driver installs.

Gary MacKenzie

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John Farrar
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FWIW.
I did a comparison test of downloading from my camera, (Canon EOS 300D), to PC against my card reader to PC and the latter was about 5 times faster.
John

Alan Roberts at work
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Yep that's the story. Card readers are a lot faster than camera data transfer and donm't whack the camera batteries. That's why I use a reader. A reader's a good idea for other reasons as well though, you can use it to transfer files between computers, lots bigger and faster than floppy, and a lot less hassle than getting a network to work properly.

Vern
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Gary, John and Alan,

Many thanks to you all, for your enlightening comments.

My fears of damaging a seemingly fragile memory card by inserting and removing on a regular basis appear to be groundless.

From what you say, a Card Reader is the way to go.

Thank you again, regards,
Vern.

Alan Roberts at work
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I've thought of another reason for using a reader.

Last night I tried installing the software for my camera into a new laptop with XP. the software installed just fine, but it doesn't recognise the camera because it "couldn't find drivers for it". The card reader works just fine though, in every PC I've found that has a USB port.