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    which is better, SD or MMC card?

    Just got a digi camera which takes both these cards. Planning to get a bigger card but any idea which is better?
    I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem.

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    Shouldn't make any difference, the only difference between the two is that one is fractionally thinner than the other, you won't notice it though.

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    Speed: SD cards are faster than MMC cards. The actual speed that you'll get depends on the device you're using the card in. The advertised speed for each individual card makes little difference.

    Durability: The SD cards are probably more durable due to thicker casing and design changes.

    Write-protection: Only SD cards have a small switch on the side of them that allows for write-protection, much like floppy disks. This isn't a big deal but might be useful to some people.

    Copyright Protection: SD cards are more secure but this isn't something that makes the card better for the average consumer.

    For more indepth information please see http://www.geocities.com/romidar/mmcvssd.htm

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildmonkeyUK
    Speed: SD cards are faster than MMC cards. The actual speed that you'll get depends on the device you're using the card in. The advertised speed for each individual card makes little difference.

    Durability: The SD cards are probably more durable due to thicker casing and design changes.

    Write-protection: Only SD cards have a small switch on the side of them that allows for write-protection, much like floppy disks. This isn't a big deal but might be useful to some people.

    Copyright Protection: SD cards are more secure but this isn't something that makes the card better for the average consumer.

    For more indepth information please see http://www.geocities.com/romidar/mmcvssd.htm

    Hope this helps
    Speed: Won't really matter unless you are doing alot of high speed photography

    Durability: If he buys a single large card which stays in the camera all the time durability is only as good as the camera

    Write-protection: Again, if he buys a single card like I think he will then this won't matter

    Copyright Protection: Wouldn't affect my decision on which card to get at all, unless you are doing industrial espionage.

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    I noticed the difference in data transfer when I bought a 128mb SD card for my Kodak DX3700, much faster than the 32mb MMC that came with the camera. Only problem is now it doesn't give me enough time to go make a coffee while the pictures transfer over to the PC.

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