Smart Media or Compact Flash?
My new camera (Fuji 602)will take either SM or CF. I know that..

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I'd go with CF. Only because I have a microscope camera I work with that uses SM and it's mechanical strength does not impress me. Probably not an issue if you don't bang on either one with a hammer though .....

Comment #1

Would go with smart media because it's thin and smaller than the CF card. The picture quality of both of the cards are the same though...

Comment #2

I have had two different smart media cards go bad, but I have never had a compact flash card go bad. I trust compact flash more. Also, you can get compact flash cards with a faster data transfer rate with some of the compact flash cards. But as Hieu Le mentioned, there will be no difference in picture quality. As far as size goes, I cannot see what practical difference it makes in normal applications. Unless you are putting the media into orbit, it would seem to me that the weight and thickness difference is almost completely irrelevent.

You could probably step on a compact flash without hurting it.

Good shooting!.

David <><..

Comment #3

One thing I found particular to Olympus brand SmartMedia cards is that their brand card is the only one which can unlock the full potential of the Olympus camera - in my case the C-4000. I recently purchased the C-4000 just after Christmas & I knew I wanted more memory for more pictures. I went out and bought a 128mb PNY brand card. I can use this card for more most purposes and obtain more storage space. However, this card will not allow me to set the camera on panoramic mode. The only card which supports panoramic mode is an Olympus brand card.

In short, check our the manufactures recommendations before you purchase to see if you can live with the limitations. BTW, I thing the Olympus C-4000 is a perfect buy! John..

Comment #4

John Robertson -I haven't heard of any manufacturer other than Olympus pulling the "lets gouge the customer" ploy with memory cards. Though it seems that a lot of folks like the Olympus pano stitching software, there is plenty of other software available. Likely cheaper than the extra cost of the Olympus memory card. Ronald Quan - there may well be speed differences between the two kinds of memory, but that will depend on the brand of memory and the specific camera they are in. Someone might be able to address that issue in a forum for your specific camera...

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