A Stroll Down Memory Lane
More Formats, Smaller Cards, Bigger Capacity To Come
"The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from."--Ken Olsen, founder of DEC
While it seems like every day brings yet another new memory card format
for digital camera users, I'd like to make a few predictions.
Sooner or later, we're gonna get sick of it, and tell the manufacturers
"enough is enough." Dick Bowers, a student at Shutterbug's
2002 Miami Digital Photo Workshop Series, recently e-mailed me: "My
Fuji F601 uses SmartMedia cards. Is it extinct?" I don't
think the camera is going to be extinct any time soon, but the SmartMedia
it uses is already on the endangered species list. All of the newer
cameras from companies that formerly embraced the Wheat Thin-like SmartMedia
cards are rapidly moving to the tiny xD Picture Cards and the trend
is for consumer-oriented cameras to use smaller and smaller media, such
as the SecureDigital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC).
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