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batchelor22 Oct 14, 2002 11:09 AM

Dimage 7hi and High Speed Memory Cards
I see in Steve's full review that the posted test imes were with a Lexar 24X card. I am wondering if anyone knows if the cameras software is optimized or set to use these cards. I do not want to waste money on high speed cards if the camera cannot optimize thier speed. :)

sjms Oct 14, 2002 12:17 PM

the xfr rate is dependent on the camera firmware/hardware and somewhat on the card itself. the ability for the card to accept a high rate is diminished by the cameras ability to xfr.
i have a 7Hi. and use ridata 512MB cards. a RAW file is xfrd at 12-13 sec from light on to light off. a delkin 256MB is 13-14 sec. i would venture that the lexar 512 24x is slightly faster but is it worth a $125-$150 premium on the 512MB?

your right balance IS the KEY

NHL Oct 14, 2002 1:05 PM

Also note that if you don't use raw, you'll never run into filling the camera internal buffer in jpegs with slower card, or until you've fire off @ least 10 shots(?)

d77avid Oct 14, 2002 1:19 PM

Is the 7i the incredible battery burner I was warned against in a local camera store.They had the Sony 707 and the Nikon 5700 as well so he wasn't really pushing a particular brand.He said that after about 20 mins use the batteries were used up.How does this stackup against the other types
David :?:

NHL Oct 14, 2002 6:01 PM

Check the battery life below:

It's in the middle of the pack with 1600mA NiMh, the cheapest of the bunch! The vendor is probably referring to regular AA if you're lucky... Most of the time it's only 10 minutes with alkaline.
In normal usage I can use my older D7 the whole day (without flash) on 1 charge with a microdrive on top of it !

The Sony is really the best in this department, but it's using a more expensive camcorder battery...

sjms Oct 14, 2002 6:37 PM

with the supplied 1850 sanyo or 1800 gp batts it good for about 200 raw shots each set. with some video oogling along the way.
got no real complaints.

NHL Oct 18, 2002 6:54 AM

I also want to stress another point with the D7s in that the AA is a real benefit to users wishing to use microdrives with their camera. The microdrive has the cheapest cost/MB and also one of the fastest (if not the fastest write time).

Most other cameras while saying they are microdrive compatible is actually penalised by their weaker proprietary and more expensive batteries over the more popular NiMh AAs!!!

sjms Oct 18, 2002 8:47 PM

you know what the basic problem with the D7 series and batteries is? the damn camera is just so much fun to use and play with that you kill the batteries of just futzing around with it for the first couple of hundred shots. :D

d77avid Oct 19, 2002 10:57 PM

thanks for the info on battery usage.I've been holding out till I think I can find a reasonably affordable and very capable digicam that wont turn into a dinosaur overnight.I was planning to hold off another year..but i feel the dimage 7i or 7hi calling me in.
D :) avid

sjms Oct 19, 2002 11:19 PM


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