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Old Oct 29, 2006, 8:35 AM   #1
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I've heard comments that the write speed is mediocre on the new Fuji S9100/S9600 cameras. If anyone out there has one of the new Fuji S9100 or S9600 cameras, I'm very curious as to the write speed for the large files this camera produces. Would anyone be willing to time the write speed for RAW and for JPEG files from the time the shutter button is pressed until the camera indicates the writing is complete, and also say what brand (e.g. Sandisk),model (e.g. Ultra III) and type (Xd or Compact Flash) of card they are using? Thanks in advance!



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Old Oct 30, 2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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From everything I have read about the 9100/9600 nothing has changed in this area. It takes close to 10 seconds for the camera to write a raw file. xD type H cards or a little faster, but you cannot do continuous shooting in the raw with this model. And it won't do you any good to buy anything other than "basic" CF cards because the camera has no technology to take advantage of high-speed cards.
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Old Nov 3, 2006, 1:06 PM   #3
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Hi,

This is my 1st Post in this Forum...

I've had my S9100 for just a few days now and am still getting used to it...

Saw your request for RAW Shooting Speed Results.

The Writing Speed for my S9100 shooting 9.2 RAW is ~ 5.5 Secs
( Best Estimate with using a Standard Clock with Mechanical Second Hand )

The Card I'm using is a new generation Ridata 4-Gig 150x Pro CF... ~ $83

I've heard that a High Speed Card like this makes No Difference but I don't Know if that's True or Not ! It certainly holds a Lot of Pics for $83 and Appears to me to be Fast...

This CF Card will Hold... ( Any Mixture of the Following )

59 Minutes & 30 Seconds of 640 x 480 x 30 fps Video ( Very High Quality )
216 RAW 9.2-Meg
906 jpg Fine 9.2-Meg 3488 x 2616 Images
1,812 jpg Normal 9.2-Meg 3488 x 2616 Images
3,253 jpg Fine 5-Meg 2592 x 1944 Images
5,075 jpg Fine 3-Meg 2048 x 1536 Images
6,343 jpg Fine 2-Meg 1600 x 1200 Images
31,720 jpg Fine .3-Meg 640 x 480 Images

So Far I gotten Some Great Shots & Some Not so Great Shots...
( This however is do to the operator - Me )

I can tell that this camera has Pretty Steller Capibilities when Properly Handled...
And it's Fairly Easy to sort out so far but I'm still learning...

Cheers,

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Old Nov 3, 2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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OrionM wrote:
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This CF Card will Hold... ( Any Mixture of the Following )

59 Minutes & 30 Seconds of 640 x 480 x 30 fps Video ( Very High Quality )
216 RAW 9.2-Meg
906 jpg Fine 9.2-Meg 3488 x 2616 Images
1,812 jpg Normal 9.2-Meg 3488 x 2616 Images
3,253 jpg Fine 5-Meg 2592 x 1944 Images
5,075 jpg Fine 3-Meg 2048 x 1536 Images
6,343 jpg Fine 2-Meg 1600 x 1200 Images
31,720 jpg Fine .3-Meg 640 x 480 Images

Unless they've changed their RAW format, a RAW file from this camera should be about 18 Meg.
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Old Nov 3, 2006, 11:33 PM   #5
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There's nothing inconsistent here. Notice that he is quoting capacities for a 4 GB card. The thing that surprises me is that it is writing those raw files about twice as fast. I didn't think the high speed cards made any difference.

Oh wait! I think I see what you are saying. I think he is talking about megapixels, not megabytes. And I don't know what to think about the 18 megabytes thing. I know s7raw reports them as 18 megapixels, but Adobe Camera Raw reports the images as 9.1 megapixels. I don't even want to get into that one.
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You're Right there's Nothing Inconsistent here...

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There's nothing inconsistent here. Notice that he is quoting capacities for a 4 GB card. The thing that surprises me is that it is writing those raw files about twice as fast. I didn't think the high speed cards made any difference.

Oh wait! I think I see what you are saying. I think he is talking about megapixels, not megabytes. And I don't know what to think about the 18 megabytes thing. I know s7raw reports them as 18 megapixels, but Adobe Camera Raw reports the images as 9.1 megapixels. I don't even want to get into that one.
The RAW 9.2 is MegaPixels ( I didn't list the Image Size because the Camera Doesn't List it )
I believe in RAW the Image Size is the Same 3488 x 2616 as in Jpeg but I'm Not Positive about that - That's why I left it Blank...

And You're Right about the 18 MegaByte File Size also...

4 Billion divided by 216 = ~ 18,000,000 Bytes ( 18 MegaBytes )
So the Math Works here also...

I'm REALLY CURIOUS what Other S9100 Owners are Actually Getting for RAW Write Speeds ?

Happy Shooting,
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Old Nov 4, 2006, 9:29 PM   #7
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Fast cards do matter on some cameras, so it'll be neat to see how much difference it makes on the new 9100/9600 cameras if we can get more measurements. More and more cameras are taking advantage of fast cards, including some that are pretty far from "pro" cameras.I know on my Canon A700 "snapshot camera" a fast card (San Disk Ultra) saves the files slightly over 3 times faster than a standard San Disk card (unfortunately, its only useful in daylight - indoors, the flash invariably takes longer to recycle than the time required to write to a standard card). I sure like the sound of 5.5 seconds better than 10 seconds for the 9100 raw files. I could live with that.

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Old Nov 16, 2006, 12:31 PM   #8
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Hi guys

Just looking around and found your post. Only got my S9600 about two weeks ago. been playing around with my dads s7000 and thought it would be a good starting base as i Know Bugger all about cameras and my old Konica compact does not give me decent images to play around on photoshop.

Anyway because i was spending most of my cash on the camers i needed a cheap memory card so got me a 2Gb CF off 7dayshop.com. Bargain at £17.99 now knew when i orderdit, itwas a generic make and only 52x but for what i want its a bargin!!! :-).

The write time for a raw image is 10 seconds.My dads 256Mb ultra II which i think is 133x is 6 seconds.

so does look like it makes a difference. Not had a lot of time to have a play with the camera yet, got it for doing landscapes when i'm out walking but had some good results the other day with the fireworks and playing around will a plasma ball. All in all i think a good camera to cut my teeth on

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Anyway because i was spending most of my cash on the camers i needed a cheap memory card so got me a 2Gb CF off 7dayshop.com. Bargain at £17.99 now knew when i orderdit, itwas a generic make and only 52x but for what i want its a bargin!!! :-).
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The write time for a raw image is 10 seconds.My dads 256Mb ultra II which i think is 133x is 6 seconds.

Neil
Thanks for the Data Neil !

So it Definately Looks like the S9100/9600Likes High Speed CF Cards the Best for Shooting RAW ! ( from the Data Collected So Far )

We've got...

S9100 / S9600 RAW Writing Speeds for Different Memory Cards

5.5 Seconds - Ridata Pro 4-Gb150xCF ( ~ $83 )

6 Seconds -256Mb ultra II 133x CF (~ $30 )

8 Seconds - PQI 8GB 100xCF ( ~ $150 )

10Seconds - Generic 2Gb52xCF ( ~£17.99 ) ? US $ ?

We still Need some Xd Card Raw Write Speeds as well... I've seen Posts in Other Forums ranging from 12 Seconds to 8 Seconds butdidn't list the Card Make or Model.

More Data Please !

Thanks again for Testing Your RAW Write Speeds and for Your Posts !

:|Cheers,

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Old Nov 26, 2006, 2:22 AM   #10
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Interesting topic,

With a little luck I will be recieving my S9600 this week. The camera has been sold out for about 3 weeks. I have checked a dozen stores and even checked some good internet stores, everyone wants one. ;-)

I have a new XD 512mb type H card waiting so I will post as soon as I can.

That`s if no one beat me to it.

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