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Jim Last
11-19-2004, 08:49 AM
Many Olympus cameras will accept both Compact Flash and Xd Cards.

Lookin gat the speeds listed is there any particular thought process which needs to be considered in choosing?

Sandisk Ultra II C/F Card @ Write 9 mb/s & Read 10mb/s
Lexar 80X WA Pro C/F @ Write 12 mb/s & Read 16mb/s
Olympus xD Card @ Write 3mb/s & Read 5mb/s

Also is the 'Panorama' feature of the Oly cards really worth the loss of speed?

Rhys
11-19-2004, 09:46 AM
Many Olympus cameras will accept both Compact Flash and Xd Cards.

Lookin gat the speeds listed is there any particular thought process which needs to be considered in choosing?

Sandisk Ultra II C/F Card @ Write 9 mb/s & Read 10mb/s
Lexar 80X WA Pro C/F @ Write 12 mb/s & Read 16mb/s
Olympus xD Card @ Write 3mb/s & Read 5mb/s

Also is the 'Panorama' feature of the Oly cards really worth the loss of speed?

I had an Olympus. I had a panorama card. I never used it and did all my panoramas with non-panorama cards.

As regards write speed, look at the size of file you need to write and ask yourself if it's fast enough. For example, VGA video is 2mb/sec. A full-size 3mp image is about 1.5mb. I use a 3mp camera and have no problems with card write speed. My S1 writes fast enough. My Nikon 3100 on the other hand, takes an age to write to the same cards. You're more likely to be restricted by the camera than the card for speed.

My personal opinion is that CF is far cheaper and is available up to 8gb before you even consider the dodo microdrives.

Jim Last
11-19-2004, 09:52 AM
So if I went with a Sandisk Ultra II card, would this perform better than the Oly xD card?

It is for the Oly C-5060.

Rhys
11-19-2004, 01:09 PM
So if I went with a Sandisk Ultra II card, would this perform better than the Oly xD card?

It is for the Oly C-5060.

It depends on the write speed of the camera, not just the file size.

Jim Last
11-19-2004, 01:14 PM
I think the C-5060 writes at a about 10x so I guess I would only need to be looking at something along the lines of:

Lexmar 12X Cards, Delkin 14X etc. and avoid paying over the odds for 40x, 66x and 80x cards :)

Glad I got that sorted prior to blowing 100 on a couple of cards, when now 50 should more than do.

Jim Last
11-19-2004, 01:25 PM
On that note:

Has anyone come across DELKIN compact flash cards (14x) with lifetime warranty. Are they any good?

D70FAN
11-19-2004, 02:25 PM
On that note:

Has anyone come across DELKIN compact flash cards (14x) with lifetime warranty. Are they any good?

Delkin has been around for a long time and is as good as any. I have a Delkin 128MB in my collection, along with about every other brand you can (and can't) think of. They all work fine. Don't fret about brands. Also neither of your cameras can transfer faster than about 24X.

Here is a good reference (even though it only covers dSLR's):

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/index.asp

I use 5 different brands of CF I cards in my D70, and my CP990 before that and have yet to have a major problem (I have had 1 failure, of an older 80MB card, in 7 years but no lost pictures).

Jim Last
11-19-2004, 02:38 PM
Thanks George,

So from all this info am I correct in saying that for the camera I am using the 12x or 14x cards are more then sufficient. And the only benefit from ultra high speed 40x, 66x and 80x cards is if used with a USB2 reader.

D70FAN
11-19-2004, 03:32 PM
Thanks George,

So from all this info am I correct in saying that for the camera I am using the 12x or 14x cards are more then sufficient. And the only benefit from ultra high speed 40x, 66x and 80x cards is if used with a USB2 reader.

You might be able to realize some in-camera value with a 24X to 40X card, but it's deminishing returns after about 24X. The only time you will really notice is in continuous shooting mode and maybe movie mode.

Again, I have one 256MB Ultra II that my D70 can fill at 3fps in 6MP Meduim compression mode. I've needed that capability exactly twice in 7 months. The rest of the time it's frame and shoot in single shot mode.

Buy the 14X and try a 40X (many camera stores will accomodate this request if they have one loose behind the counter). I will bet that there isn't much difference in speed, and none in normal shooting.

kgosden
11-19-2004, 08:15 PM
Well, I would not waste any money on xD cards unless you like little bitty crap you can lose easily! Most everything I have read shows that the xD cards are nearly always slower than the average CF card, not to mention 3x as expensive. For a pretty good comaprison read this. (http://wrotniak.net/photo/c5050/c5050-card.html) I have not even used the card that came with my C-5050Z.

Jim Last
11-20-2004, 01:08 AM
Thanks guys :)