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Question SOAK: Digital Camera Media

I need to buy some media for a camera that can accept either compact flash or microdrive. What is the better way to go?

Here's my current analysis:

- CF is faster, if I get the high-speed kind
- CF uses less battery power(?)
- CF has no latency
- CF has no moving parts to wear out or damage through shock
- Microdrive is about half the price of CF per megabyte

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CF does have latency... just not as much as a microdrive. And it's not completely safe from shock damage. But it will work on mountains where the microdrive won't.

In the end, it all boils down to your budget. Do you have the cash to buy lots of fast CF? If so, do it! If not, get the microdrives.

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It really depends on how you use your camera and what it's capable of. if you camera can shoot at a relatively high fps and you use that feature a lot, then you would want a faster CF card so you wouldn't have to wait for the images to be written to the CF card after the camera buffer fills up. If all you do is take snapshots, then the differences between CF and microdrive probably aren't worth it the extra $$.

I have a Nikon D70 and got 2 SanDisk Ultra II 512MB cards because I needed the speed to keep up w/ the camera's buffer. Check here for details on CF performance in different cameras:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mu...ge.asp?cid=6007

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It really depends on how you use your camera and what it's capable of. if you camera can shoot at a relatively high fps and you use that feature a lot, then you would want a faster CF card so you wouldn't have to wait for the images to be written to the CF card after the camera buffer fills up. If all you do is take snapshots, then the differences between CF and microdrive probably aren't worth it the extra $$.

I have a Nikon D70 and got 2 SanDisk Ultra II 512MB cards because I needed the speed to keep up w/ the camera's buffer. Check here for details on CF performance in different cameras:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mu...ge.asp?cid=6007



Thanks, tem. As it turns out, I came across that exact same site and found it very useful. Also, the UMF bit me over the weekend and my D70 is arriving on Wednesday.

I see I can get a 1GB Sandisk Ultra II card for $239 from Apple, which seems a far better price than any of the other places I've found. Plus, I should be able to go in the store near me and walk out with it (no shipping).

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if you're getting a D70, then definitely go for CF. And not to make ya jealous, but I got my 2 cards for about $80 each after a $20 rebate from amazon

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if you're getting a D70, then definitely go for CF. And not to make ya jealous, but I got my 2 cards for about $80 each after a $20 rebate from amazon


Oooh! I need to find a deal like that!

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Hmm..Amazon's price is quite good. It's better than Apple's and way better than some of the other online retailers I found before looking at Apple. The 1GB card is $217.

How big (in megabytes) are the photos at a decent resolution setting? I don't think I'll need the raw, but I'd probably like to shoot full-resolution JPEG.

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Buy.com Has the Sandisk 1GB CF Ultra II for 199.99 with free shipping.

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