Which Memory Card for a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 Silver Digital Camera

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Mike, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I'm going to buy a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 Silver Digital Camera
    and want to buy one 128MB and 0ne 256MB memory card memory card for it.
    Which card do I buy?
    This is my first experience which digital photography, so I'm flying blind.

    Which other accessories should I buy for it?

    The camera will be used mainly for baby pictures and vacation pictures.

    I was going to buy an Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom , but after checking the
    reviews I'm
    going to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1

    Anybody out there usung the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-w!?

    Than ks,

    Mike
     
    Mike, Sep 12, 2004
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  2. Any Memory Stick should do. Check to see if your camera is compatible with
    Memory Stick Pro before you buy anything larger than 128 MB.
    Back up your pictures. I can't understate the importance of this. I know
    at least two people who have lost years worth of images because they left
    them on their computer hard drive and, through drive failure or user error,
    lost every image they had stored. Once lost, they are gone forever. Back
    up your images onto good-quality CD and DVD, store them in a dark, cool,
    reasonably dry place, and recopy the CDs and DVDs at least every five years
    because burned media does degrade over time.

    Jim
     
    Jim MacKenzie, Sep 13, 2004
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  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I bought a Memory Stick Pro 512MB and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC W-1
    for my son. The 512MB memory stick was $92.00 w/ free
    s/h fed ex anf the camera was $322.00 delivered. I wanted to buy
    the besy P&S camera I could for him.

    Thanks for the advice re: image back up.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Sep 26, 2004
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  4. Mike

    pokemonn2 Guest

    Back up your images onto good-quality CD and DVD, store them in a dark,
    cool,
    reasonably dry place, and recopy the CDs and DVDs at least every five
    years
    because burned media does degrade over time."

    WRONG!!! You don't need to recopy your CDs or DVDs every 5 years.

    Read recent articles on CD ROM longevity:
    http://www.cd-info.com/CDIC/Technology/CD-R/Media/Longevity.html
    http://www.cd-info.com/CDIC/Industry/news/letter-190298.html

    The National Media Laboratory (NML) chart shows that best quality
    CD-ROM media would be suitable for storing information for 50 years,
    but not for 100 years. Correctly read, this indicates that the life
    expectancy of this media is between 50 and 100 years.

    Also, the article above reinforces what I'm about to say: that is, CD
    ROM media is still a very young technology with lots of misinformation
    going about. The first 2X CD ROM drives weren't widely available until
    1996 and it wasn't until 1999 (when Napster came out and digicams
    started getting popular) that CD ROM sales starting going through the
    roof. CD ROM technology is still progressing. I didn't buy my first
    burner (an HP 8X drive) until 1999. I have old disks that still play
    fine and I have no intention of reburning them. I have yet to lose any
    CD ROMS due to this "degradation" theory everyone is talking about. I
    also have lots of family members and friends who have been burning for
    years and I have yet to personally witness anyone losing a CD due to
    "degradation". This is the year 2004. That means that disks burned in
    1999 should start experiencing "degradation". Well, I haven't seen any
    widespread articles on that recently. Please let me know if there are
    any because I sure would like to know. Don't forget, CD ROM techonology
    is getting better, so CD ROMS made in 1999 might not be as good as CD
    ROMS made in year 2004.

    Also, if you look at the articles from Kodak they estimate their CD
    ROMS to have life expectancy of 217 years. Or if you want me to state
    it in quotes directly from the article itself here it is:

    "That model predicts (at the 95% confidence level) that 95% of properly
    recorded discs stored at the recommended dark storage condition (25°C,
    40% RH) will have a lifetime of greater than 217 years."

    Quote taken from: Lifetime of KODAK Writable CD and Photo CD Media
    Douglas Stinson, Fred Ameli, and Nick Zaino ©1995 Eastman Kodak
    Company

    If you look at TDK, another fine maker of CD ROMs they estimate their
    disks lifespan to be 70 years. Or if I may quote directly from their
    article:

    "You'll notice that we specify our media for a lifespan of more than 70
    years when stored at a temperature of 30° Centigrade -- about 86 °
    Fahrenheit."

    The numbers I'm throwing out are nowhere even close to 5 years. The
    lowest number out of any of these articles is 50 years so as far as I
    can say, don't worry about "reburning" your CD ROMS.

    Steven
     
    pokemonn2, Dec 24, 2004
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