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Smartmedia card format for Olympus digital cameras

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March 22, 2001 11:59:00 PM

I have an Olympus C920Z. I didn't realize the fact that Olympus SM card is different from others only in the content format. Why do I say so? I happened to format the Olympus SM card in my NOMAD MP3 player. When I use my camera to format the CM card back, I find that "panorama" mode fails. Now the Olympus card acts just like cards of other brands.
So my question is: Does anybody know what's the "secret format" of Olympus SM card? And how do I retrieve the "panorama" mode?
March 23, 2001 12:29:57 PM

Good question... maybe it reappears if you reformat the card directly in the camera? I doubt it as I recall reading some blurb about how the panorama function works via some software installed on the card. If Olympus supplied the softare you could install it on ANY card.

Let me know if you reach success, I have the same problem.
March 23, 2001 1:02:00 PM

I have reformatted it in my camera several times. But it seems that the panorama mode is gone forever. I've sent an email to Olympus, no reply yet.
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December 3, 2001 11:09:42 PM

Panorama is a feature found only in Olympus brand SM cards.
The card is standard SM, the Nomad is using a proprietary
format (as my Rio does). Once you format the card, Panorama
feature will be deleted. Adobe Photoshop Elements has the
ability to stitch pictures together and is available for
around $50. This may be cheaper than buying a new card.