Faster SD card cuts shot-to-shot time

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by bk, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. bk

    bk Guest

    Faster SD card cuts shot-to-shot time

    I've tried 3 SD cards in my Pentax Optio 4Si - Belkin efilm, Kingston,
    and PQI. The first two appear to be standard (256MB), the PQI is a fast
    card (512MB). PQI doesn't claim any particular speed on its packaging,
    but i've seen tests (mostly from PDA-land) that show PQI as a fast card.

    I did the following test: turn off instant review mode, go into
    continuous shot mode, point camera at a plain background, and see how
    many shots i get in 1 minute. I subtract two from the "score" because
    the 4Si has a two shot buffer, which continues to empty after i release
    the shoot button. With continuous mode i don't think it is refocusing
    between, but not sure about that.

    With the 2 standard cards, i got 12 (14 - 2) shots in a minute, with the
    fast PQI card i got 30 shots. Shot to shot times (after first two shots)
    of 5 sec w/ standard cards, 2 sec w/ fast card.
    bk, Sep 10, 2004
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  2. Thanks, very interesting!

    Hans-Georg Michna, Sep 10, 2004
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    MarkH Guest

    This seems like something that is not too much of a big deal on a camera
    with a big buffer, but obviously on you camera it makes quite a noticeable

    Maybe anyone with a camera using SD cards that finds the camera too slow to
    clear the buffer should try a faster card like the PQI.
    MarkH, Sep 11, 2004
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