Great memory card design

Sarai bought me a new digital camera for my birthday this year, to replace the aging Nikon Coolpix 3500 that she bought me for my birthday in 2003. This time she got me a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30. I’ve had my eye on this camera for a little while now and I’m really excited about it. As much as we’ve both been wanting an SLR, I’ve also wanted a really nice compact point-and-shoot to carry around with me. My old CoolPix was pretty decent, and it’s held up well over the years, but I really wanted something smaller, faster, and generally more convenient. It doesn’t hurt that this new one is seven megapixels and has a nice big LCD and automatic image stabilization either.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

Almost as cool as the camera is the SanDisk Ultra II memory card I picked up for it. Not only is it a 2 GB SD card, but it’s hinged in the middle and, when open, can be plugged into any USB port to transfer your images onto your computer, eliminating the need for card readers or the camera’s USB cable. I think this is a brilliant idea, I was blown away when I saw it and it’s every bit as cool as it looks.

SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus

I’ve got a couple more pictures of it on Flickr.


That is brilliant. The cheapest flash drives cost around $5 retail, so the USB hardware can’t cost more than that. The hinging plastic is maybe 50 cents more to manufacture. There’s really no reason not to include this feature in all high-end SD cards and memory sticks.

Kenn Christ says:

No kidding. Why are we still messing around with card readers and USB cables for this stuff?

My other camera uses Compact Flash, not SD. While it might be a little trickier to add USB support to a card with this form factor, there’s no reason it couldn’t be done. Maybe a USB connector that slides out instead of folding a hinge?