Help--Memory Card Readers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sigamy, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I'm looking to download pics into my iMac faster. I don't have a card reader and right now I'm still hooking the camera up to the computer to download.

    My iMac does not have USB 2.0 so I'm looking for either Firewire or USB 1.1. My current camera uses Smart Media cards.

    So, any recommendations on Firewire card readers? Minimum is Smart Media, and I'd like a multi-card if possible. I'd like cost to be under $50.

    Also, is it worth looking into USB 1.1? Will speeds be any faster than just using my camera as I do now?

  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    the card is really the limiting factor, especially using an older flash memory technology like smart media
    i'm assuming that you connect your camera via usb1.1 in that case having a memory card reader via usb1.1 will not be any faster, a FW one might speed up transfers but not a whole lot

  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I was using a SimpleTech USB 1.1 reader for my SmartMedia cards and it worked well but not quickly. You can find USB 2.0 card readers but I think that you probably won't find any (inexpensive) FireWire card reader for SmartMedia. Even the USB 2.0 based card readers are somewhat expensive ($40) in contrast to USB 1.1 versions ($20).

    Need any SmartMedia cards? I have several since I switched cameras last month.

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