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esouther Sep 21, 2002 11:09 AM

s602 movie mode with CF card
I just got this camera and it will only record for 20 seconds with a 256mb CF card. I have two different ones (Crucial and Kingston) and they both do the same. They were both formatted in the camera. When the video stops a busy message comes on with an hour glass like it is dumping the buffer to the card. The green light turns red to orange and back to green but the video has stopped. Has anyone else had this problem?

Digimonster Sep 21, 2002 12:28 PM

I have just tried what you tried with my 256mb Sandisk CF card.
Same problem!
Can only assume these cards are too slow for video capture, you possibly need a higher speed card????
One thing I do know, my 1gb microdrive records video perfectly at any length so one assumes any capacity microdrive would be OK for video.
Perhaps others with higher speed CF cards can answer this one?

esouther Sep 21, 2002 2:06 PM

I was considering a microdrive so I guess that answers my question about the need. Is $249 fo 1gb a good price?

[Edited on 9-21-2002 by esouther]

sjms Sep 21, 2002 2:20 PM

sounds about standard?

what size is the displayed movie in pixels supposed to be?

esouther Sep 21, 2002 2:57 PM

The camera creates a 640X480 movie. I created a SVCD which is 480X480.

dc9mm Sep 21, 2002 10:57 PM

So far the only compact flash that i have heard fast enough to record movies are the micro drives. But if 128 meg is enough any smartmedia card will work until full, not very lone but then agains its not a movie camera. Even a Lexar 12X CF isnt fast enough. Maybe the latest Lexar CF are, I think there 24X now? not sure.

Digimonster Sep 22, 2002 5:56 AM

Always try Ebay for Microdrives, that is where mine came from, can't do the sums but mine cost me 188 and it was a brand new travel kit that came with the PCMCIA adapter. In the case of the pound, a microdrive normally costs around 350 in the shops!
Its good that the PCMCIA adapter actually launches Finepix Viewer when inserted into my laptop, a Sony.
Shame I cannot get it to work in my Powerbook, but that is another strand!

Incidentally the camera has QVGA mode too. At least the UK version does. About half the quality and around twice the length.

Should also point out that you cannot plaback a movie direct from the camera, it gets jerky! Download to your PC first.


NHL Sep 22, 2002 8:06 AM

FYI Except for the upcoming Toshiba Flash, the microdrive has the fastest transfer rate based on the CF+ standard over any flashes. ie if anyone runs the microdrive in a laptop or PC it'll leave the flash cards in the dust (especially if one cross the page/block boundaries)!

The camera is slower than the PC, and it's access time through the CF slot will also limit the playback speed...

[Edited on 9-22-2002 by NHL]

sinegar Oct 3, 2002 11:47 AM

CF works...
Try to format the CF card with different cluster size (8 or 16 kB) and after it should work...

I read it somwhere on the net (maybe the forums on dpreview).


sinegar Oct 4, 2002 4:39 AM

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