FujiFilm FinePix digicams - durability of xD-Picture card slot

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Ken Hartlen, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Ken Hartlen

    Ken Hartlen Guest


    I have a FinePix A203 that I've had since May 2004 that is working fine.
    Great little 2MP camera.

    Before buying the A203, an on-line reviewer wondered about the durability of
    the contacts in xD-Picture card slot (or maybe it was the contacts on the
    xD-Picture card itself) over numerous insert/eject cycles. The reviewer
    thought that it might be wise to merely use the provided USB cable to
    download pictures from the camera rather the using a media card reader.

    Anyway, for $20Cdn I couldn't pass up getting SanDisk's 8-in-1 ImageMate so
    I could more easily transfer data from the cards to the PC. I'm just curious
    if numerous xD-Picture card insert/eject cycles in the A203 or other FinePix
    cameras is a genuine concern? Or, will I tire of the camera long before I
    have to worry about the component durability?


    Ken Hartlen, Aug 23, 2005
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  2. Ken Hartlen

    ASAAR Guest

    The number of insert/remove cycles is not a concern. The joints
    in your fingers, wrists and elbows will fail first. Chalk it up to
    a reviewer that needed to fill space and had nothing better to say.
    ASAAR, Aug 23, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    My Fuji S5000 has just clocked up 26000 photos...
    After ever 200 or so (when the card is full) I rip the xD out and throw it
    in my Card Reader... it hasn't failed me yet...

    Richard, Aug 25, 2005
  4. There is an alternative to burst mode, you know.
    throw? Those damn things are so small I fear handling and dropping one...
    DAVID TENNYSON, Aug 26, 2005
  5. Ken Hartlen

    Ken Hartlen Guest

    Wow 26000 pix with one card.

    I have several cards (16MB, 32MB, 5x64MB, and a 256MB) so I guess I
    shouldn't be overly concerned about FujiFilm's statement:

    "The memory card can be used reliably for a long period of time, but will
    eventually lose its ability to store and play back image data."

    After reading this in the A203 manual, I thought it wise to put aside some
    unused cards in the event the xD-Picture card format falls out of favour.
    This became more of a concern when I noticed in recent months that some of
    the chain stores (Zellers, Future Shop) seem to be reluctant to restock
    xD-Picture cards.

    Ken Hartlen, Aug 28, 2005
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