Fuji / Olympus xd cards

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by NottNick, Jun 26, 2005.

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    NottNick Guest

    I'd really appreciate advice here.

    My ney olympus 7070 has an excellent panorama utility.

    However - the manual says I need to use Olympus xd cards.

    Fine so far...... I have loked on ebay but all olympus cards seem to be
    called fuji / olympus (and the pictures show fuji media).

    Are they the same?

    I'd hate to spend £40 and find a fuji card doesn't work.


    NottNick, Jun 26, 2005
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    John Bean Guest

    Of course they do :)

    But... do you want to use the panorama feature?
    If they are branded "Olympus" they are not Fuji, and vice
    versa. I think the confusion is because both make cameras
    that use xD cards so the cards will interchange, but...
    They'll both all work to store images, only the genuine
    Olympus cards will give you the panorama feature.
    John Bean, Jun 26, 2005
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    NottNick Guest

    Thanks John
    NottNick, Jun 26, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    It's my understanding that the panorama feature is nothing more than a
    series of superimposed lines in the viewfinder (also on the LCD?) that
    serve as a guide for reasonable overlap of shots to enable any
    panorama software to make a decent panorama.
    Usually, I see a 30% (approximate) overlap as sufficient; I can do
    that without any guides, easily.
    I really don't know if that feature of the card is necessary for the
    Genuine Olympus Software to succesfully make a panorama, because I've
    never used the Genuine Olympus Software, despite having owned 3
    Genuine Olympus Cameras. I do know that this feature is not necessary
    for any other pano software to work.
    A Google search on "free panorama software" (sans quotes) will list
    several free pano apps; take you rpick.
    So, IMO, forget using Genuine Olympus cards; it's extra cost for no
    essential extra features.
    Bill Funk, Jun 26, 2005
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    ASAAR Guest

    With Olympus xD cards you can go into the menu and select the
    Panorama mode. When Fuji xD cards are used, you can see the
    Panorama option in the menu, but it can't be selected.
    ASAAR, Jun 26, 2005
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    Malcolm Guest

    My ney olympus 7070 has an excellent panorama utility.
    From what I have read on this newsgroup before:

    The cards are the same, but there is a manufacturer field on the card which
    gets transferred to the jpg. The Olympus software reads this field and
    disables the panorama function if the field doesn't say Olympus. I believe
    there is a hack out there somewhere that changes the field in jpg so that
    the panorama function doesn't disable; but I haven't used it.

    Malcolm, Jun 26, 2005
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    NottNick Guest

    Thanks Bill (I like your neat 'replace g with a' bye the way)

    I have a 32mb card with the camera.
    It gave me the lines and all that.
    When I used the Olympus software I went to the 'panorama' tab. Loaded in the
    inages, clicked 'Stitch' and they all joined perfectly!!
    I'm not sure about the other pano software as I've not ever used it, does
    this do the same? Or is the Olympic stuff a bit different in this aspect.
    Thanks for your time.

    NottNick, Jun 26, 2005
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Nick...

    I guess I'm in much the same boat as you; with the one
    included genuine Olympus card - and several large cheaper
    generic ones.

    My workaround, if it's helpful to you, is to use the large
    cards for everyday normal picture taking, reserving
    the smaller Oly card only for pano's. Means changing
    cards occasionally, but...

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Jun 26, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    I've used Panorama Factory for a long time.
    It's pretty simple: load the images (in the right order, naturally),
    and tell it to make a panorama. Simple. There are options, of course.
    Most such pay apps have free trial periods. Download a few, and see
    what you like. Or, try some freeware.
    If you can use Oly's pano app, you can use any of them.
    Bill Funk, Jun 26, 2005
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    ASAAR Guest

    I don't think so, unless some Olympus cameras work differently
    than others. As I mentioned in another message, the panorama
    function is disabled _in_the_camera_ when non-Olympus brand xD cards
    are used, such as Fuji's. The whole point of the panorama function
    is to have the camera set up guide lines in the display to aid the
    accurate positioning of each of the panorama's shots.
    ASAAR, Jun 27, 2005
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