digital cameras

Stephen P. Rae srae at MUSCI.COM
Mon Feb 7 06:40:10 CST 2000

I would suggest that you consider a digital camera that records on 3.5"
disks.  There is no need for either serial cables or special memory cards.
Although you may lack some features, you gain the utility of instantly
having JPEG files for use on any PC.  Memory is cheap and disposable so
image copies may be made in the camera and given out to others with you.
And, resolution is OK on Sony Mavica 83/88 models ($699/$899).

If you have many people making images in the field and the need to transfer
files among them, the use of diskettes may outweigh considerations involving
smart media/serial cable limitations.  Investment to create and transfer
images is much less than that for cards, etc.  And remember, you need a
smart card reader to access images on a smart card.  A reader needs to be at
every location where the images are to be viewed, edited, and archived.
Likewise, with a serial cord many cameras require proprietary software for
downloads.  All this is moot if the serial cable is forgotten, lost, or

Of course, this solution cannot compete with the resolution of the $100,000
outfit mentioned previously.  But, it may be appropriate for the smaller
Stephen P. Rae
Musci Information Management

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