Buying a SD Card transfer device or just use USB cord?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by DrainerFluid, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. DrainerFluid macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2006

    Should I use a usb cord to transfer my pictures on my canon a620 camera, or should I but a transfer gizmo:


    I can see the inherent convenience of the device, but is it worth it? Is it faster to use the device or are the transfer speeds same on the usb cords?
  2. spitfirejd macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2004
    Virginia, USA
    Using an SD card reader is MUCH faster than the built-in transfer in the camera. Just make sure the reader is USB 2.0 (which all new ones should be).
  3. -hh macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    Not only is the transfer faster, but you don't have to worry about the batteries in the camera going flat during the transfer and messing things up.

    FWIW, I have a new printer that has some Flash Media card slots in it, so I now have two transfer devices that I can use. I find it convenient when doing bulk (multiple card) transfers because I can stick a card in each, do a drag-n-drop, then go do some other errand (have dinner, etc) while they transfer.

    Considering that even a USB 2.0 "universal reader" is now less than $20, there's little reason not to have one.


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