XD Cards

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davemitch
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Hi,
I've tried using Search, but putting in XD CARD comes up with 500 hits! So can any one give me a bit of guidance. I'm looking at buying my daughter a digital still camera for her birthday later this month. Having a "point & shoot" Olympus myself, and my brother having a similar camera, and being pleased with the results, I thought I would buy an Olympus for her (looking at the FE100 at the mo). The camera uses XD cards, she would have to use my computer to print, and my computer has a 6 way card reader. However, it doesn't have a slot for XD cards. It does have SD. Smart Media, CF1 and CF2, MMC and Memory Stick. Is XD compatible with any of these, or do I need to look at a different camera, or buy a card reader?
Thanks for any advice!

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Alan Craven
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XD cards are used mainly by Olympus. They are physically very small and not compatible with any other size of card reader. Also watch out for Olympus using very expensive proprietory Li ion batteries - one for my 5060W is £80, though it does take CF cards as well as XD.

My wife has a Canon which uses pen cells (including NiMH) and takes the ubiquitous CF card.

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beware of large xd cards ( 512meg)
very few if any usb card readers can read them , and the card looks like it has died.
we need to leave it in our camera to read it.

Gary MacKenzie

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davemitch
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Thanks guys, will have to have a think on what to do.

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Smithnc
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I've had no problems with xD cards!
My wife has a well used and loved Olympus C50Z, (Liion) my son a 3Meg Olympus (AA), between them they have 2x512Mb, 2x256Mb, 1x32Mb and 1x16Mb. No trouble with any of them in 2 years, mostly Fujia, two original Olympus, the small ones. I bought a USB 2 card reader from 7dayshop which, although it doesn't say xD card on the outside does read them in the "SD/MMC" slot,

Nick

davemitch
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Thanks Nick
I decided to go ahead and order the Olympus, and then buy a USB card reader if it turns out to be difficult to use by pluggimg the camera into the PC. Funnily I was dicussing this with my brother earlier today, as our dad wants a digital camera for Christmas. My brother uses his to take photos for the Church Newsletter, mainly without flash and he has found that using his Olympus or mine while Dixons repaired his, give better results than a Samsung he boorowed from a freind and one he borrowed from work. Colours seem to be much better and pictures clearer too. I've always used Olympus cameras (Trip, then OM10 film cameras) and always found them great.

Dave Mitchell Lenovo Z570 laptop, iPhone, dodgy old Sony Hi8 handycam