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Memory card reader or just USB connections.

Dennis J Smith , Apr 11, 2007; 02:53 p.m.

Why would one get a memory card reader instead of just connecting ones cammera to ones computer. For example, I saw on John shaws site a commnet to use a card reader and never connect the cammera. There was no real explaination and going digital is new to me.


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Matt Laur , Apr 11, 2007; 02:58 p.m.

Well, the direct-to-the-camera method only works if you've got the camera turned on, so you're running down the camera's battery while working with the data. Second, any time you tether your camera directly to anything, there's always the risk that a cranky USB port could spike voltage or otherwise do something that the camera won't like (or which may damage it).

That being said, I've hooked up my D200 directly to my laptop plenty of times (for tethered shooting, or because I left my card reader in my other pants), and not only have never had a problem, it's a very FAST connection, relative to most card readers. But that battery sure takes a hit, using it that way.

Bill Acito , Apr 11, 2007; 02:59 p.m.

hmmmmm.... speed maybe? Also, which one is more likely to wear out first (mechanically)? I would be more cautious of the CF pins messing up, versus the usb port. I tend to use the port more.

But, my Canon G6 only has a USB 1 port, where I'm sure I could get a USB 2 reader.

Matt Laur , Apr 11, 2007; 02:59 p.m.

One more thought: more than once, I've been back shooting with my camera while the card reader and laptop were busy dumping 4GB of images off to a hard drive. That can take a little while, and it's nice to be doing two things at once.

Bruce Margolis , Apr 11, 2007; 03:06 p.m.

Personally, I prefer to use the camera connection but the downside is the battery drain. I may use my card reader when I put in a fresh card and I want the camera ready. I think it comes down more to personal preference.

Geoff Sobering , Apr 11, 2007; 03:10 p.m.

At the end of the day I usually have a number of full cards, so it's easier pop the last one out of the camera and take just the cards over to my computer. It also roughly halves the number of insertion/removal cycles in the camera's card-slot.

Micheal Kraml , Apr 11, 2007; 03:13 p.m.

Hello Dennis. There is no reason to get a reader if you have just one camera as far as speed of download is concerned - if you digicam has USB 2.0. Obviously, if you have several cams with different types of memory cards, then a reader is the way to go. When you use the direct camera-PC connection, it drains your cam's battery faster, unless you can connect your cam to an external power supply. One thing to consider is that the USB connector in the camera is tiny and I'm not sure how sturdy over a long-term use it is, so if you do frequent downloads, could it become worn out/damaged? If so, it would be much more expensive to have the cam fixed than to buy a new reader. On the other hand, frequent taking out/inserting of the memory card could potentially wear out the contacts and the eject mechanism in the camera = an expensive repair, as well. Cheers, Micheal

Wayne Cornell , Apr 11, 2007; 03:14 p.m.

My D100 is USB 1.1. Downloading images with a USB 2 card reader is infinately faster for me.

Joseph Smith , Apr 11, 2007; 03:23 p.m.

Memory card reader for me 100% of the time for downloading imges to teh pc. I format my cards in the camera 100% of the time and never in the pc and never in the memory card reader. Joe Smith

Anthony Beach , Apr 11, 2007; 03:34 p.m.

I use a card reader because it's faster and works will all the cameras in my house. I also prefer to create a new folder with the date and just dump the files into that rather than monkey around with Nikon's software configurations and default directories.

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