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Old February 4th, 2003, 02:40 PM   #1
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MX500 Bluetooth?

I read in a magazine here, that the MX500 has bluetooth capability with an add-on. Anyone have any more information on this? IE: how it works, what it actually transfers and so on?
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Old February 4th, 2003, 02:54 PM   #2
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Bluetooth is a 2.4 GHz wireless communication protocol. It has been available on Apple computers for about a year. PC can support it, via adapters plugged into a USB port. It is limited to about 30 feet and offers 128-bit encryption. In the next few years keyboards, mice, scanners, printers, PDA, cellphones, etc. will all communicate via Bluetooth. Goodbye USB cables. FireWire and FireWire 800 will remain the standard for high speed wired communication.

It is not suitable for network applications. Wireless networking is standardizing around 802.11g for high speed networking.
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Old February 4th, 2003, 02:58 PM   #3
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So I'd be safe to assume the bluetooth would be for transfering stills only?
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Old February 4th, 2003, 03:08 PM   #4
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It would be too slow for video. However, 802.11g show promise for wireless data in the range of DV. So, wireless transfers of stills would be a safe bet. Maybe in the future your camera will have a built in PDA/cellphone and you'll sync your address book via Bluetooth.
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Old February 4th, 2003, 07:24 PM   #5
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Like Jeff says, Bluetooth is SLOW. I have a friend with a bunch of MACs and he confirms this, calling it useless gimmickry.

On the MX500/0 brochure, it says, "Bluetooth Compatibility." I'm not sure what this means. Sony's like the TRV50 and PC120 just have "Bluetooth" written on their brochures. Personally, I wouldn't worry if a cam has it or doesn't have it.
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