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What are some mini-cameras that can use CompactFlash? Answered

Cheap "toy" cameras invariably seem to rely on a ridiculously small capacity, non-removable memory card. But I do not see a reason why, say, a 0.3 megapixel camera could not be made to take 256 MB memory cards. What are some small, cheap, low-res digital cameras that can store pictures on CompactFlash or another common type of memory card?



10 years ago

There's a "tipping point" of cost vs. function between inexpensive low-res cameras and higher resolution cameras.

Since a higher resolution camera with memory expansion isn't much more expensive, the low-res cameras are mostly relegated to webcam use (even if they have a tiny bit of internal memory and can be used as stand-alone camera.)

I.E., it's not commercially viable to have external memory on a really cheap camera. Once manufacturers factor in the cost of adding removable media, they might as well add a higher resolution sensor as well...

RE: compact flash vs. other memory types--CF cards are still the standard on professional digital SLRs, because they have a parallel interface and can transfer images to a card quicker than serial memory cards.