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Monday, Dec. 22, 2008
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Seeking a new card for an old camera
I have a Fuji FinePix 2800 Xoom. I love this camera and want to buy a bigger memory card. It should be 1, 2 or 4 gigabytes. I can’t find one anywhere.
Your lover dates from 2001. Do you know how old that is, camera-wise? It’s about two eons, I think.
Camera technology has improved rapidly over the years. Your camera is a 2 megapixel shooter, for heaven’s sake. I searched PriceGrabber.com and Shopping.com for 2MP cameras. I came up empty-handed. A pair of megapixels was a powerhouse in 2001. Now, it’s so low that no one is interested.
There are still reviews online for your camera. It carried a list price of $399. Today, cameras in the same quality range have 8 or 10 megapixels, at least. You’ll pay much less than $399.
Your dated situation extends to memory cards. Your camera uses SmartMedia memory cards. These top out at 128 MB. So, the capacities you specify are out of the question.
Furthermore, SmartMedia cards are no longer produced, according to online sources. You probably won’t see them in stores. I did find them online at a few stores, including Amazon.com.
So, you have a couple options. You can keep the camera and continue your love affair. If you do, buy a couple SmartMedia cards before they disappear. Fuji makes good cameras, so I don’t doubt that yours is a sweetie.
Your camera has a 6X optical zoom. That was a superzoom in 2001. It’s still better than average. But if you like to use a zoom, I have a tip for you. Today’s superzooms put yours to shame. And they’re not terribly expensive, either.
There are many other cameras with 3X-5X zooms. Many, many, many. They offer far more megapixels than yours. If you like to print big pictures, you could use those megapixels. If you print 4x6’s, your current camera will probably do.
I’m not a big proponent of wasting money, especially in this economy. If you’re happy with your camera, keep it. But if it has shortcomings, look at more modern shooters.
I have plenty of help on my site for selecting a digital camera. You won’t want to miss these great tips:
• Cameras for $200-$300
• Upgrading to a digital SLR
• Buying a powerful camera on $500
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