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    Any truth to this?

    I saw this on another forum:

    "Downloading images directly from the camera to your computer system puts much more wear and tear on the camera then using a Card Reader."

    I've never heard of that.



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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W View Post
    I saw this on another forum:

    "Downloading images directly from the camera to your computer system puts much more wear and tear on the camera then using a Card Reader."

    I've never heard of that.
    More wear and tear on the camera port, I suppose, is what they're getting at. But then one could argue removing and inserting an SD card puts more wear and tear on THAT port so... Pick your poison, I suppose.

    I will say it never ceases to amaze the things people can come up with to get worried about.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    More wear and tear on the camera port, I suppose, is what they're getting at. But then one could argue removing and inserting an SD card puts more wear and tear on THAT port so... Pick your poison, I suppose.

    I will say it never ceases to amaze the things people can come up with to get worried about.

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    I'd bet the chance to wear out the card slot is MUCH less than borking up the cable port.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Warning: Using your camera puts more wear and tear on it than not using it.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Well... the mini-usb port spec says they're rated for 10,000 connection cycles. The contacts on an SD card are rated between 50 to 500 cycles, depending on plating... Personally, an external card reader and/or an SD memory card is cheaper to replace than a camera's USB port...
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    I've been using the USB port to transfer photos after reading about some folks having card slot problems. Perhaps I should go back to the card reader.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Well, based on the specs, if you connected the cord every day for the life of the camera, you would still have a lot of cycles left.
    You would have to connect it every day for over 27 years to wear out the port. No?

    Just be careful about pulling the cord to the side so you won't bend the sides somehow. I used to use a laptop that a cord port needed replacing often because it stretched out due to the heavy use and how the had to set up to use it. I think it was abused by us for the most part.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    I don't wear shoes anymore. The treads wear out.

    Card readers are more convenient, so that's what I use. I refuse to think about it beyond that point.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    ... The contacts on an SD card are rated between 50 to 500 cycles, depending on plating...
    Just based on what I've seen, I have to question those numbers.

    Between multiple cameras, and multiple computers, a card with a lifespan of 500 insertion-cycles (at best!) would last me... Maybe a month.
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    Re: Any truth to this?

    Good thing you said something... That was for a "per month application"...

    Here are datasheets from makers:

    Not knowing which manufacturer(s) provides the CF/SD card connectors for your camera, the best you can do is find datasheet specs from a wide variety of manufacturers, and make your own best guess. When I searched for "SD card insert eject cycle", I came up with some of the following:

    1. 3000 5000 cycles (various SIM & MicroSD card connectors, no standard SD): SMK Electronics
    2. 10,000 cycles @ 400600 cycles/hour: Hirose Electronics (Mouser)
    3. "10,000 mating cycles are guaranteed": Kyocera 5138 series connector
    4. 10,000 mating cycles max durability: Molex





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