XD or SD card?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by fredking2, May 10, 2012.

  1. fredking2

    fredking2 Guest

    I got an Olympus D-540 Zoom digital camera at a local auction, for $2.
    I know it's old, but for the price it's always a good backup camera.
    Even though there is no manual with it, I'm sure I can figure it out.
    But one thing I dont fully understand. It says on the label "Picture
    card XD Compatible". Does that mean I need a XD card, or can I use a
    common SD card? My good camera is a Canon that uses SD cards, so I have
    those. I dont have any XD cards. Of course I'll buy one or two if I
    must, but if I can use SD, that's better since I have them.

    fredking2, May 10, 2012
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  2. 3 MPix ... Oookay ...
    What's hard to understand there?
    Does it say on the lable "SD card compatible"? No? Well,
    then you cannot. So add an expensive card to the price.

    You *could* have used google. You know, that newfangled search
    engine thingy?

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 10, 2012
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    Pete A Guest

    It looks like you will have to buy an xD card:


    I was unable to find a listing for the D-540 on two Olympus websites
    then a quick web search didn't reveal a reliable source for a user
    manual download.

    Hope you get it working because it seems capable of producing nice photos.
    Pete A, May 10, 2012
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    Chemiker Guest

    The Olympus website lists this camera under archived products, and
    mentions only the 16 mb XD card, which was included with the camera as
    OEM equipment. You can download the manual free of charge at:


    Also, it (the manual) specifies only xD cards, capacity from 16 MB to
    512 MB.

    Also, DON'T try using regular carbon zinc AA batteries.


    Chemiker, May 10, 2012
  5. Review here covering storage capacity, recommended batteries, and battery

    Charles E. Hardwidge, May 10, 2012
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    fredking2 Guest

    Thanks for the info. I'm downloading the manual right now. I'll have
    to see what ebay has for XD cards. I dont want to stick a lot of money
    in this thing, but it's always nice to have a spare or backup camera.
    Olympus has always been a quality camera, unless that has changed in
    recent years. I dont know the age of this camera, but it looks like

    I tried to use carbon zinc AA batteries in my Canon once, only because
    that was all I had at the time and didn't want to drive to the store.
    They were brand new out of the package and not expired. Yet I was lucky
    to get a few pictures before the camera turned itself off. I used the
    other two new batteries in the package and the same thing happened.
    Apparently carbon zinc batteries dont have enough power. I dont buy
    them anymore for anything. Alkaline batteries only cost a few cents
    more and they work in anything. (I used to buy the carbon zinc ones for
    flashlights, but now I'd rather have batteries that can be used
    anywhere). I also gave up on rechargable batteries years ago. They are
    not what they are cracked up to be..... they have a short life between
    charges and seem to just die after a few uses. For the price, they are
    not worth the trouble or cost.

    PS. If I cant find a deal on XD cards on ebay, is there an online source
    for all camera cards, that has good prices?
    fredking2, May 10, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Amazon has all sorts of vendors offering reasonable prices on all sorts
    of memory.
    I found an 8GB XD at Target, of all places, and I have seen them at
    Staples & Office Depot.
    I had to find XD cards for my Fuji E900. That said it is a non-standard
    card and was a reason to buy my G11.
    Savageduck, May 10, 2012
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    Chemiker Guest

    There is one place where you want carbon-zinc batteries. IF you are an
    outdoor type, know this: When Alkalines and others fail, they fail
    suddenly and dramatically compared to C/Z batteries. If you're out in
    the boonies at night, C/Z batteries will go bad slowly, but even in
    half output on a flashlight, you can still see and move about. When
    the others go bad, they go bad (ooops!!) right now. Blackout!

    xD chips are not that hard to find, I think. (I admit I don't use
    them) You might find them at Best Buy, Frye's, RadioShack or other
    electronics store. I would do a DogPile search (DogPile.com), which
    will automaticallty check google, ask, bing, etc. etc. , if you want
    to buy online. I would also suggest B&H, Adorama, and JR photo, but
    not for close out prices. Target might have them. WalMart. Costco?


    Alex........ enjoy that little Olympus. They were a great company,
    albeit they are in dire straits right now. At 2 razzbuckniks, you got
    a deal. A thought: does it have an internal wafer/button cell? IF so,
    you might want to change that out to protect the camera. See the
    Chemiker, May 10, 2012
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    philo Guest

    Between the price of the XD card you will need to buy
    plus the expense of always having to change batteries
    it's not worth it for such a low end camera

    You have now been advised
    philo, May 11, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : There is one place where you want carbon-zinc batteries. IF you are an
    : outdoor type, know this: When Alkalines and others fail, they fail
    : suddenly and dramatically compared to C/Z batteries. If you're out in
    : the boonies at night, C/Z batteries will go bad slowly, but even in
    : half output on a flashlight, you can still see and move about. When
    : the others go bad, they go bad (ooops!!) right now. Blackout!

    That hasn't been my experience. I use alkalines in several flashlights
    (rechargeables don't seem to fit, for some reason), and they always fail
    slowly, with the light getting dimmer until I replace the batteries. They seem
    to fail more suddenly in a wireless mouse, but even there my recollection is
    that the mouse would usually behave erratically for a while before total

    Robert Coe, May 12, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Since you have opened the discussion to flashlights, for work I have
    gone through several Streamlights and Maglights both with alkalines and
    rechargeable NiCads. However for the last 16 years at work, and
    currently I use SureFire flashlights of which I own 3, two with
    rechargeable NiCad packs, but my indispensable work horse is an L5
    Lumamax which produces 200 lumens with a high efficiency single LED and
    2 SF123A 3volt Lithium batteries.
    They now have a Lithium Phosphate rechargeable option. These have a
    lower cycle life to their disposable Lithium brethren.

    That model (L5) has been discontinued, but those currently available
    are among the best available.
    < http://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights.html?clear=1 >
    Savageduck, May 12, 2012
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    ASCII Guest

    I've a couple of these Inova XO3 torches and like them a lot:
    http://bit.ly/zVSHac One for regular use and another as a spare.
    I use rechargeable LI batteries that I get at Fry's electronics and they give
    good output even if they lack a bit of shelf life and have to be topped off.
    ASCII, May 12, 2012
  13. For batteries, try high capacity NiMH rechargeables. such as POWEREX,
    and use a good charger, such as Maha. Much better than NiCds.
    Question Quigley, May 12, 2012
  14. Nah, getting the picture is a lot more important than the quality of the
    camera. That is what photography is all about.
    Question Quigley, May 12, 2012
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    philo Guest

    The point was simply that going to some place like Goodwill
    a better camera could be had for less (total) $$$$
    philo, May 12, 2012
  16. $2.00 for the camera is less than a cup od Starbucks overrated coffee.

    I have seen XD cards on ebay for $1.59.

    Not much of an expense. He can leave it in his car or in his office desk
    draw. If it falls into the lake, big deal.
    Question Quigley, May 13, 2012
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    OG Guest

    There were various versions of xD cards, and larger capacity ones may
    not be compatible with your camera. We used Fuji cameras for a while,
    and couldn't use the H version cards in the earlier cameras.

    I've never had a problem with rechargeables, but I've made sure I've
    bought decent NiMh ones.

    More than happy with using Eneloops, which are the low self-discharge type.
    OG, May 20, 2012
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