xD-Picture Card
 
The xD-Picture Card was introduced in 2002 by Fuji Film and Olympus as a replacement to the older SmartMedia Card. It is produced exclusively by Toshiba and can be found branded only under the name of Fuji Film and Olympus.

The xD-Picture Card format was developed to be used by digital cameras and is more or less used by Fuji Film and Olympus digital cameras. Like SmartMedia Card, the xD-Picture Card does not incorporate a controller chip which allows it to have small form factor but at the same time making it dependable to the host device’s controller chip.


This memory card is not that popular by digital camera manufactures since they have to incorporate the controller chip into the electronic device, which adds costs and volume. In 2005 a new version of xD-Picture Card was introduced called Type M. The main difference is the uses of Multi-Level Cell technology in contrast to the Single-Level Cell technology that standard xD-Picture Cards are using. This makes the xD-Picture Card Type M less expensive in exchange of being less high performance inform of lower transfer speed (read up to 4 MB/sec and write up to 2.5 MB/sec), lower cell endurance and higher power consumption.

xD-Picture Card, 512 MB-1GB


In late 2005 another version of the xD-Picture Card was introduced, Type H, offering higher transfer speeds. Type H is 2 to 3 times faster than the standard or Type M version, the exact transfer speed depends on the digital camera. In most of the cases the different versions of the xD-Picture Card are compatible with each other, but not always. We recommend you to look at the digital camera’s manual if you want to find out the versions that your digital camera is compatible with.

Some memory card readers may require firmware upgrades for the newly introduced Type M card, otherwise they will not be able to work with the memory card. Fuji Film branded xD-Picture Cards do not support the panoramic mode that can be found on Olympus digital cameras. For being able to use that feature you will need an Olympus branded xD-Picture Card.

xD-Picture Card Price Comparison
Dimensions in mm/inch (H x W x D)
25 x 20 x 1.7 - 0.98 x 0.79 x 0.07
Form Factor
Storage capacity
16MB - 1GB
digital audio storage Digital Image Storage

Storage capacity in
Data transfer speed


Read
Up to 5 MB/sec – 33 X
Write
Up to 3 MB/sec – 20 X
Copyright protection
No
Copyright Protection
Write protection switch
Yes
write protection switch
Operating voltage
3.3V
Operating Voltage
Remarks
Type M – Type H - Olympus panorama
Employed by
Digital cameras
Adapters
CompactFlash - PC Card
Expansion modules – I/O
No
   
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