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XD Picture memory cards
Olympus xD-Picture Card (Type M and Type M+)
Compact and durable, the Olympus xD-Picture Card is the ultimate reusable, removable digital media. Besides providing increased storage capacities at higher resolutions, it also offers compatibility with most manufacturersï¿½ xD-compatible devices and is the only xD-Picture Card to support the Panorama function found with todayï¿½s Olympus digital cameras.
The Type M and Type M+ xD-Picture Card keeps your photo, movie and other files safe and sound so you can enjoy them any way you want (viewing, sharing, slideshows, etc.) and any time. The compact size lets you carry it anywhere and because itï¿½s compatible with many reader/writers, you can download data to a computer or another device in a jiffy.
The Type M+ xD-Picture card is compatible with all cameras and is 1.5 times faster than the Type M card. The increase in speed may be useful in sequential shooting of digital stills and in the recording of high-density video with Olympus cameras.
When it comes to your pictures, quality and reliability canï¿½t be compromised. Thatï¿½s why the xD-Picture Card is the finest compact, durable removable media your camera will ever know. View which cameras are compatible with xD Type M card.
The xD-Picture Card (xD stands for "extreme digital.")
is a flash memory card format developed and introduced to the market in July
2002 by Olympus and Fujifilm, and manufactured by the Toshiba Corporation. xD
cards are in Olympus and Fujifilm digital cameras, and are available in a range
of sizes, from 16 MB to 1 GB currently. A higher-performance xD card known as
Type M came out in 2005, and uses Multi Level Cell (MLC) architecture. The 1GB
Type M card is called the M1GB (M-XD1GM). Type M cards will eventually be available
in sizes up to 8 GB, though the cards are not compatible with all older model
Theoretical transfer speeds
xD-Picture card feature comparison
The detail specification for xD cards (needed to implement their use) is controlled by Olympus and Fujifilm. This not so much a disadvantage, but a trait of the current batch of memory cards. Some newer Olympus digital cameras need a Olympus-branded xD card to use the panoramic mode feature. This is purely an attempt to increase the sales of Olympus branded xD cards as there is no difference in the way the data is written to the card. Some older cameras cannot use the new Type M cards without a firmware update (or at all). In general, many old digital cameras cannot take advantage of advances in memory cards or speeds, and is not something unique to the xD format.
Other adapters and readers
Other major adapters are a xD-Picture card reader that plugs into a USB port and various type of PC Card (PCMCIA) adapters. For example there is a combination SmartMedia and xD-Picture card to PCMCIA adapter. There is an important caveat to using xD-Picture cards and third-party USB card reader/writers, though: Never format, copy files to or erase pictures from a card via a card reader/writer connected to a computer., only do so via the camera connected directly to a computer. xD-Picture cards are specially formatted with certain proprietary tags and flags. Formatting or otherwise altering the contents of the card via a card reader/writer connected to a computer will render the card unusable in a camera or erase the special Olympus signature to enable panoramic mode.