June 6, 2008, Newsletter Issue #93: Non-flash Memory for Digital Cameras

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A different kind of digital camera memory used by mid-range and high-end digital cameras, including many d-SLR's, is the Microdrive.

“Microdrive” is a trademarked name (belonging to IBM and Hitachi) that describes tiny hard drives built into a Compact Flash Type II housing – about 1-3/8” x 1-5/8”, and just 5 mm thick! Other companies manufacture similar products, but only a few have licensed the name “Microdrive.” Seagate's “Photo Hard Drive,” for example, is the same type of product with the same applications.

These tiny hard drives are available in capacities up to 8GB,and prices have been falling. Some professional photographers prefer them for the way the handle and store data.

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