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faster memory cards

I own 3 digital cameras: Canon Powershot G2; Canon Powershot A720 IS; Konica/Minolta DiMage Z6. For the A720 and the Z6 I have been using the SD cards; for the G2 I have been using CompactFlash cards.
The specs for the A720 and the Z6 indicate I can also use MMC cards.
I note that new cards have come out that are "faster" and I could use that extra speed during picture taking sessions. Can I just buy and use these faster cards, or does each camera have limits?
Thank you for your time and effort in helping me with this.

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Faster Memory Cards

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The MMC cards are not new .... they are quite old.
They were before the SD card and were slow.
The SD card came along and the MMC card just about disappeared.

Within the last two years, there has been a resurgence in the MMC card, with it being used on some multimedia devices.
Speed has increased.
It is slightly thinner than the SD memory card and that can be a problem when used in some cameras.

The high speed SanDisk SD cards (Ultra and Extreem) already have more speed than your cameras can use.

On DSLR cameras, faster memory cards can increase the picture taking rate when the camera is used in burst or continuous mode.
DSLR cameras have more high speed buffer memory.


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Thanks, but

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In my travels, I encounter COLD. The speed with which my cameras process the photos in the cold is quite s l o w. These are the cameras I have and will have. Is there ANY way I can increase their speed?
Again, I appreciate the time you give to my questions.

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The problem is

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that for most compact camera, the transfer rate is more limited. No matter how speedy your card may be, it won't make a differece that much. Like snapshot mentioned, buffer memory of compact camera is much less than that of DLSR camera. The faster card will only help when downloading on either your desktop or laptop. When facing the cold weather, most compact and even DSLR camera will consume more energy to operate. I don't think that the downloading and uploading are so significant unless you're in the extreme cold, for instance below 20F or so.

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People who use digital cameras in very cold situations recommend that you keep your camera next to your body.
Under your coat, not in a coat pocket.

If you have a large camera, you can remove the battery and keep the battery next to your body.


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Thank you, snapshot & jump

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You both have clearly convinced me that I can save my money and continue using my supply of memory cards. Thank you for taking the time to educate me in this matter.
Sincerely, CPMDAVE

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