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One type of camera memory card that was once fairly popular is the SmartMedia card. About the same size as a CF card, but much thinner, SmartMedia cards were used in a number of different camera models – notably from Olympus and Fuji. However, neither manufacturer uses this format any longer. One problem was that capacity topped out at 128 MB – creating an issue as camera resolution continued to climb.
SmartMedia cards are still manufactured and available, although now mostly from online sources.
No one can say which media may thrive and which may fail, but it is worth considering when choosing a digital camera. Currently, CF cards and SD cards appear to have the most secure future.