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The storage card in a digital camera is the alternative way of storing an image to film, it's the removable storage device which holds images taken with the camera (a few low-end digital cameras don't have removable storage cards but instead have a built-in flash RAM unit). The image or images can be later downloaded from the card, and when the images are erased from the card it is ready to be reused. These cards are good for a lot of reuses- one manufacturer just warranted their cards for a minimum of 1,000,000 images. Four types of memory cards exist at this time: Compact Flash, Smart Media, Intel Miniature Card and PCMCIA. Compact Flash type cards are used by many digital camera manufacturers and when placed in an adapter, can be inserted in the PCMCIA slot of a computer. Smart Media Cards, also used in a number of cameras can be inserted into a floppy disk adapter (3.5") and read as if they were a floppy. Yet another adapter allows them to be used in a PCMCIA slot.


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