written by: Kumara Velu•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 1/25/2011
Downloading images direct from your camera to your computer is usually time-consuming, not to mention a drain on your battery power. If you want faster data transfer, you should consider a SanDisk camera card computer reader and check out the options below.
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SanDisk Camera Card Computer Reader
If you visit forums related to photography you will see numerous complaints from users who grumble about not being able to transfer their images because they can’t establish proper connections between their cameras and their computers via the provided software programs.
If you face a similar problem, take it easy because there’s a solution in the form of SanDisk camera card computer reader, which makes data transfer to your computer a breeze.
Let’s now look at some SanDisk camera card computer readers worth considering.
With SanDisk ImageMate you can get data transfer speeds of up to 34MB/sec. This card reader will be ideal if you’re looking to read your SDHC cards. There’s no sophisticated installation procedure needed to operate this card reader or the other card readers discussed below.
All you would have to do is plug the USB cable into the reader and the other end of the cable into your computer. Wait until your computer detects it and then you are ready to go.
The all-in-one reader supports all card formats including SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, xD and even CompactFlash.
At the time of writing the SanDisk ImageMate All-in-1 card reader is priced at $21.65 at Amazon although it is offered for $32.99 at the SanDisk Website.
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Sandisk ImageMate 5-in-1 Card Reader
If you don’t fancy having a stand for your card reader, you can consider the Sandisk ImageMate 5-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader SDDR-99, especially if you don’t need support for CompactFlash.
This card reader is ideal for the fast transfer of images, music, video and data from your memory cards to your computer. Data transfer can be executed via the button on the reader after connecting it to the computer or, more conveniently, via My Computer in Windows.
The card formats supported are SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard and even xD cards. You can even use it with older computers as it supports USB 1.1.
If you’re looking for an affordable reader that supports most card formats (minus CompactFlash), you should pay attention to this model. It’s priced at $15.85 at Amazon at the time of writing.
All the major formats are supported including MCplus, MCmobile. Memory Stick and xD cards, not to mention SD, MultiMediaCard and Memory Stick.
This card reader, which comes with a detachable metal stand, supports a transfer speed of up to 30MBps. It’s also backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports.
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SanDisk CF Type I/II ImageMate
If you’re dealing exclusively with CompactFlash cards, then you should consider SanDisk CF Type I/II ImageMate USB 2.0 Reader/Writer. It comes with an installation CD, but you will not need it to get started transferring your images. All you have to do is plug it into your computer and it will be recognised as a removable drive.
Inserting and extracting your CompactFlash card from the reader is also easy as the card doesn’t fully go into the slot. So, you will not have to worry about damaging your card when inserting or pulling it out.
This SanDisk reader retails for $33.99 at Amazon at the time of writing.
If you don’t mind this SanDisk card reader’s dock taking up your table space, it should be your priority if you plan to use a variety of memory cards formats. As the name suggests, it supports 12 types of memory cards including CompactFlash Type 1 and 2, miniSD and SmartMedia, among others.
Like the other card readers discussed above, it’s a breeze getting started with this reader. All you have to do is plug it in and you’ll be transferring files to your computer within minutes.
SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader retails for $27 at Amazon at the time of writing.
As you can see from the above, a SanDisk camera card computer reader is easy to operate and dispenses with the need for a driver or software installation. It’s a plug-and-play device – the reason for its popularity can be seen through user feedback at Amazon.