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New Belkin Media Reader vs. 2.2 Gig Magicstor CF Microdrive
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Oct 19, 2003, 09:52 AM
 
What are your thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of New Belkin Media Reader vs. 2.2 Gig Magicstor CF Microdrive for use in taking digital
photos on a trip when you will not have a computer on hand? The media reader costs about $100 the microdrive about $220.

Size, vs. convenience vs. reliability?

Any info on speed from flash card to media reader and speed from media reader to computer?
     
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Oct 19, 2003, 01:24 PM
 
- microdrive is much slower than a standard CF card
- microdrive drains the camera's battery much faster than a standard CF card
- microdrive has moving parts, is thus more delicate and fragile than a standard CF card
- not all cameras accept type 2 CF cards (although pretty much any prosumer/professional camera will)


not to mention that the iPod holds up to ~20 times the amount of that microdrive. I'd definitely stick with a 128/256mb CF card and the belkin reader.

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Oct 19, 2003, 02:03 PM
 
What maxpower said, plus the fact that for the $220 cost of the Microdrive, you could buy 2 GB worth of compact flash cards and save yourself the trouble of the extra device. Check here for daily CF deals: dealmac.com

If you already have an iPod, the new reader seems a much better and cost-effective option. My only complaint is that you can't bypass the iPod and plug it straight into a Mac. Sometimes I might not have the iPod with me, or I might not want to bother with it.
     
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Oct 19, 2003, 07:38 PM
 
Originally posted by zigzag:
My only complaint is that you can't bypass the iPod and plug it straight into a Mac. Sometimes I might not have the iPod with me, or I might not want to bother with it.
Ummm, why not just plug the camera into your mac directly, since that cable is a lot smaller to carry around than a card reader. True, it would be nice if it had a USB connection to let it plug into either.
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Oct 19, 2003, 08:49 PM
 
Originally posted by MaxPower2k3:
- microdrive is much slower than a standard CF card
Not really. The microdrives are pretty much faster than CF cards, with the exception of some of the high speed 16x cards, but they are expensive.

- microdrive drains the camera's battery much faster than a standard CF card


They do have a higher drain on the batteries, but it's not that bad. I have a Minolta D7, which is hard on batteries, and a 1GB Microdrive and the battery drain is negligible.

- microdrive has moving parts, is thus more delicate and fragile than a standard CF card
True - they do require care, but are fairly robust.

I'd get another MD in a heartbeat. For how much I use my camera, it has been a great investment, even at the $240 I paid for my 1GB back in Jan.
     
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Oct 20, 2003, 01:46 AM
 
Originally posted by clf8:
Ummm, why not just plug the camera into your mac directly, since that cable is a lot smaller to carry around than a card reader. True, it would be nice if it had a USB connection to let it plug into either.
Firewire.
     
   
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