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I'm fairly new to digital photography but have a pretty good feel for using cameras, printers, etc but I wish someone could explain the purpose of "card readers" and why would anyone use one...

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The card reader can transfer photographs from your digital camera, songs from your music player, movies or still images from your digital camcorder and more. I leave my card reader connected to the computer, all the time and just transfer the cards. Saves on batteries too, as the card reader is powered by my computer. For instance, if I hooked my digital camera to my computer (by cable), I would be using the camera batteries to transfer the pictures or my camera would require an AC power adapter. Plus - they are cheap!! The local OfficeMax and Circuit City are always running "Free After Rebate" sales on different card readers...

Comment #1

Other factors: When transferring by wire direct from the camera, there have been some cases reported where battery power drops too low and the camera shuts down, corrupting the file being transferred. I'd think it would still be OK on the card but think that the cards may have corrupted too. Using a card reader usually means the installed operating system can treat the transfers as file transfers, and that's pretty trouble free, using the system file management programs. It's not unusual to read of problems installing "camera" software on systems and/or having other compatibility problems. Card readers are almost never plagued by that kind of problem. The latest Windows versions don't require any added sw to use readers.

And by using a reader, you can continue to use the camera for taking pictures while transferring files...

Comment #2

You must have a card reader, it's easier to upload all your pictures to your PC if you're using one, instead of using your Digital camera...

Comment #3

There are lots of reasons for using a card reader either instead of or as well as the USB cable cannected to your camera. I carry a small XD reader with my camera, this means I can download images onto a friends PC without having the USB cable with me all the time. At home I have a card reader which takes every type of card which means I can download from other people's cards without them having to carry their USB cable. I also use smartmedia cards as large floppy disks, much more convenient than CDs. If I return from a trip with a few cards full of images, using the card reader is quicker and easier than the camera, and it cost less than an A/C adapter...

Comment #4

I'm really surprised nobody's mentioned this. A card reader is usually faster than the camera's USB interface. Especially the USB 2.0 or Firewire readers...

Comment #5

Any advice on what are some good card readers? I have trouble finding recent reviews that compare their performances. I also would like to know if all card readers speed up transfer of pictures from computer to camera or is a special card reader/device needed for that? My camera only has usb1. Readers I've considered so far are sandisk, lexar and lacie 6-in-1's. Thankyou. Nigel..

Comment #6

I just purchased a Canon A75 to get into digital photography and while I was at Circuit City, I purchased a SanDisk card reader for $20. Costco had a 512 MB CompactFlash card for $68 which I purchased (with 20 free prints). The main reason I purchased the reader is to avoid "beating up" the camera as the download mechanism. It was intuitive, fast and convenient - [ Jeff ]..

Comment #7

For those of you who have a laptop with no USB 2.0 nor FireWire BUT with a PCMCIA cardbus slot, soem (hopefully) interesting information.

I used for nearly 12 monthts a Compact Flash - PCMCIA card reader that alowed me to plug the card into the reader and then plug the reader into the notebook.

The great thing is that the PC recognizes the card immediately as an external drive (at least does so in Windows XP) and to download all pictures, you only have to copy and paste... The positives are that is very small (lilke a credit card, so you can carry it with your camera), it does not need any power nor cabling, and it's really plug & play. Then, I saw the light! I read about a Delkin PCMCIA Compact Flash reader that made full use of the 32bit Cardbus of my notebook, and decided to upgrade my card reader. The new card reader has the same size but requires you to install a driver (5 minutes work if you are slow like me) and then works in the same manner BUT is 4 - 6 time faster as it uses a 32bit architecture rather than the 16bit of cheaper readers. I don't know how it compares to a external FireWire or USB 2.0 reader, but in my case this was not an option...

So, check it for yourself directly on Delkin website and, if you want, try it. It's a breeze...

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