storage medium

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Cassie, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Cassie

    Cassie Guest

    I have an Olympus c-2100uz and find that even though I am still trying to
    learn how to use it, the storage medium it uses, the Smart Memory card, is
    being phased out. Olympus says that the camera will not be able to make
    use of any other storage card. Is this the way it all is headed? Your
    camera is only good as long as the memory for it is available? Really
    makes me nervous about ever getting a new camera. Oh, almost forgot to
    ask ... just how long do these storage cards last? Thanks.
    Cassie, Dec 12, 2004
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  2. Cassie

    The PhAnToM Guest

    The cameras use different types of "flash" memory. All flash memory is
    the same to users like us because all types of flash use what are
    basically tiny capacitors on the silicon chip (which is inside of those
    little flash cards) to store electrical charge. Short of catastrophic
    damage to the card, this charge will not deplete... therefore the data
    can stay on the chip for *years*. The *minimum* long term performance
    of most flash memory arrays call for 20,000 read/write cycles with
    _minimal_ loss of data even then.

    The current memory cards you have will probably outlast the life of the
    camera. Stock up on an extra card or two when they are on sale, and
    toss them into a drawer somewhere on the off chance that the card(s)
    you use now will fail for some external reason (loss, physical damage,
    etc.). I wouldn't worry about it.
    The PhAnToM, Dec 13, 2004
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  3. Niche formats will be discontinued. Mainstream formats (SD card,
    CF card) will be readily available for another decade at least
    --- tons and tons of appliances use and depend on them. And
    there are many other manufacturers around (Lexar, SanDisk, etc.
    etc. etc.) if your camera maker stops doing so.

    I would not worry about the market leading formats with diverse
    .... since that may be 'just' 3 years --- look at the cameras that
    were new in winter 2001. Which one would you care to use today?
    How about ones from 1999?
    Good advise for a niche format.

    With common formats (CF, SD) I'd wait as prices are falling all
    the time. Just compare today's prices with those of last year ...

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Dec 14, 2004
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