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aeapen
10-25-2004, 08:04 AM
I have a Canon S1 IS and wanted to buy a huge storage device.
As I will be taking movies often. I wanted to know more about
microdrives as you get 4GB Hitachi for $200. I couldn't find
any other canon users who have used Microdrives.

1. How is the performance and speed for movie recording?
2. How sensitive is this Microdrive? (As there is moving parts).
3. Does it consume more power than CF cards?
4. Is 40X speed enough for S1 Movie recording?

Rhys
10-25-2004, 11:41 AM
I have a Canon S1 IS and wanted to buy a huge storage device.
As I will be taking movies often. I wanted to know more about
microdrives as you get 4GB Hitachi for $200. I couldn't find
any other canon users who have used Microdrives.

1. How is the performance and speed for movie recording?
2. How sensitive is this Microdrive? (As there is moving parts).
3. Does it consume more power than CF cards?
4. Is 40X speed enough for S1 Movie recording?

Why buy a failure-prome, energy hungry microdrive when 1 GB CF cards are only $40 after rebate? You could have 5GB worth for your $200.

Speed doesn't seem to make much difference to the S1. The largest video you can make is 1GB too so there's no real point in having bigger cards.

aeapen
10-26-2004, 06:53 AM
I think we need minimum 40X for a decent movie recording. What are the other disadvantages for Microdrives other than sensitive? Microdrives claim to consume less power. I don’t think I can get a 1 GB CF II card for $40 after rebate. I mean “High Speed” cards. Any idea where can I get it?

Rhys
10-26-2004, 07:35 AM
I think we need minimum 40X for a decent movie recording. What are the other disadvantages for Microdrives other than sensitive? Microdrives claim to consume less power. I don’t think I can get a 1 GB CF II card for $40 after rebate. I mean “High Speed” cards. Any idea where can I get it?

I use 256mb Sandisdk cards and have filled them with single videos. I have no problems - at VGA, 30fps, fine quality. There's no speed marked on the cards. I've also used my 3 year old 128mb cards by Lexar, Sandisk, Fujifilm, Danelec etc with no ill-effects on the videos. I think the whole speed thing is over-hyped when the video's actually recorded on the camera and transferred to the memory card via a buffer.