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Memory Type for new camera....

Have been into photography for about 50 years, using 35mm SLRs. Now ready to make the digital jump. Note there are several memory formats. Remember the BETA and VHS battles and BETA came out on short end even through it was better.
So which is best format and who will be the long term winner on memory types for digital cameras? I want something that will be available for a long time and also is the best for digital photography at this time. Also appreciate camera models recommendations. I am open on pixels and price range. Looking for quality in pictures from whatever camera and memory format.
Thanks, Gil

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You normally buy the memory to fit the camera. You transfer

In reply to: Memory Type for new camera....

the images to a harddrive normally so you don't need to buy a lot of cards. Compact Flash is used quite a bit, and, I think, is the fastest type now in use.

Look at the Canon 20D and/or the Nikon D50(?). The 20D is going for about $1,400, and is a terrific camera. The Nikon is also highly rated, and sells for much less money. Both are SLRs, and need high quality lenses. However, if you already have lenses, you should check to see if they'll work with one of these two. I use Sandisk Extreme III 1 gigabyte cards with my 20D.

There is a caveate. To obtain optimum results, you will need to learn to work with a photo editing program. I use Adobe Photoshop.

Good luck.

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Memory Type

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Having a memory type dissapear from the market is not likely any time soon.

The last one that fell out of favor was the Smart Memory and you can still buy it.

The current types are Compact Flash - SD - Memory Stick - and xD.

Compact Flash is used by almost all of the DSLR cameras.

SD has become the favorite of the smaller cameras.

Memory Sticks are Sony's way of making even more money.

xD is Fujifilm and Olympus's way of making more money.

Since Memory Sticks and xD memory are controlled by one (or 2) companies, they are not likely to expand to other cameras. But they are being used in some cell phones.

Compact Flash and SD are controlled by a consortium, so they have more potential for growth and expansion.
They are also the least expensive.


Just look for the camera you want and don't worry about the memory cards.


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