About Sony memory stick Pro - Magic Gate

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Cathy, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Cathy

    Cathy Guest

    I have a Sony DSC W5 camera and got a 512 MB Sony Memory Stick Pro/Magic
    Gate today.
    I was going to get a 256 MB stick, but the one I got was a good price.
    This is the first memory stick I have bought for the camera and I never
    noticed the Magic Gate part on the memory stick till I got home. Can
    someone who has the Sony DSC W5 tell me if I should be just getting
    Memory stick Pro and not Memory stick pro/Magic Gate which I read is
    more to do with recordings and music. I have a feeling I got the wrong
    memory stick.

    Cathy, Sep 29, 2005
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  2. Cathy

    Cathy Guest

    That was fast :) Can you please tell me what the difference is between
    Sony Memory stick Pro Magic Gate and regular Sony memory stick Pro?
    Since I posted my message, I found a part in my instruction manual which
    lists memory sticks to use with the DSC W5 with notes beside them.
    One note said: "Memory stick Magic Gate and Memory stick Pro are
    equipped with Magic Gate functions. Magic Gate is copyright technology
    that uses encryption.Data recording and playback which uses Magic Gate
    cannot be used with this camera" (this last part made me wonder). Also,
    what is meant by "supports high speed transfer using parallel
    interface" - what is parallel interface? After I bought the Sony memory
    stick pro/Magic gate it seemed like the price was very good, since it
    was on sale $30.00 off. It was only $10.00 more than the regular 256 MB
    Memory Stick Pro. I thought the opposite of what you are saying - that
    maybe Magic gate was on its way out and thats why it was cheap.

    Cathy, Sep 30, 2005
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  3. Cathy

    Cathy Guest

    I live in Toronto and in the stores here, they sell both Sony Memory
    stick pro cards which don't say anything about Magic Gate and also Sony
    Memory stick Pro cards which say Magic Gate on them. Thats what confused
    me when I saw Magic Gate on the memory card. The regular Memory stick
    Pro cards were more prevalent here than the ones with Magic Gate. But
    when I read the back of the memory stick package, it seems to have
    features you don't need on digital cameras, such as enhanced video or
    something, so some space must be wasted for Magic gate features not
    needed by cameras?
    Even regular Memory sticks, originally made just by Sony, were quite
    expensive here till about a year ago or maybe a little more, when Sony
    let other companies make them and after the Pro version came out,
    gradually the prices went down quite a lot. They are now about $10.00
    more here than SD cards, and CF are cheaper than SD.

    Cathy, Sep 30, 2005
  4. Cathy

    Cathy Guest

    I never noticed that all memory stick pro cards had magic gate written
    on them. I saw some what I thought was non magic gate memory stick pro
    cards yesterday (they were blue) - maybe because they were 256 MB which
    I was going to get till I saw the one which was 512 mb's. The one I got
    is black.
    But didn't you say above that all memory stick pro cards had magic gate
    from the start?
    Or are you referring to Memory stick, rather than memory stick pro?

    They are also
    It seems that there is 460 Mb's on the card which is usable for digital
    cameras. The rest is for
    magic gate functions which camera users don't use. The Sony tech guy
    said magic gate technology has a 4 pin parellel interface to connect
    inside the camera, which the non magic gate does not. But magic gate
    cards are faster reading and writing than non magic gate. In my view, I
    think it might have been better if Sony had also made Memory stick pro
    cards for cameras only as they did before and not added features which
    digical camera users can't use. Oh well, they all do what they want :)
    Good name. Its my brother's name :)

    Cathy, Sep 30, 2005
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    ASAAR Guest

    Cameras can use the faster speed! :) But the feature that you
    don't care for (Sony's "gatekeeper" function) is used as a form of
    copy protection, which Sony, owning a large catalog of music, wants
    to restrict access to. I'd be very surprised if the MagicGate
    technology adds as much as 1% to the cost of their cards, but the
    price would rise much more if they had different versions of their
    cards for cameras, mp3 players and PDA. Only cameras (AFAIK) aren't
    used for music playback. Since some cameras record and play videos
    with stereo sound, there's no good reason why some future cameras
    won't also be mp3 players. Not that I'd want one. :)

    Yep. Especially Sony.
    ASAAR, Oct 1, 2005
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