Way back in the day, when Polaroid sued Kodak and won, I had a Kodak and I liked it very much. It wasn’t long after Polaroid won, that I was unable to find any film for my Kodak instant camera. Then, after some time had passed and I ran out of Kodak film, I finally gave in and bought a digital camera. It was a Sony Digital Mavica, and it uses 3.5” floppy disks as its storage medium. It also had a 10X zoom, a built in flash, and all the neat things that made it user friendly. I liked it because it used the floppy discs, and at that time all computers had a 3.5” drive. That way there was no trouble getting picture files off the camera and into a computer. I could go on a trip, take pictures, and show them to people who had a computer.
I had a 3.5” drive put in the last computer I had built. They are not standard equipment anymore. I think that I will buy one of those external 3.5” drive units that use USB to communicate to the main computer. Since I still use that old camera once in awhile and like to have a means of downloading and reading the files.
In March of 2008, when almost to Gallup, New Mexico on one of our trips, the camera quit working. Actually, a full floppy disc was stuck in it and we could not remove the full disc. That was quite a disappointment. We were in some scenic country and would miss a camera. Here is the last picture that the old camera took on that trip:
We were planning on stopping in Gallup to visit my wife’s cousin, so the first thing I did was purchase one of those disposable film cameras. Then a few days later, after getting settled and the first few visits with wife’s cousin, we went to Wal-Mart and I purchased a FUJIFILM FINEPIX Z5. They said that it was on sell, that they were discontinuing that model. Well, it turned out to be a good camera for us and it is still my primary camera today.
I purchased a universal chip reader that plugs into a USB port. It has slots for 4 different size chips. I carry it in the camera bag and thus have instant access to the picture files and it can be plugged into any computer with an USB port. Works for me. . .
BTW, the old camera started working later in the trip. Still has a lot of life left in it.