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falconkeeper Feb 9, 2004 10:46 PM

WA technology and the A1
Will the A1 take advantage of the Lexar WA 40x cards? Does the 40x mean the images will write to the card at that speed or the card downloads at that speed? And which card would work best with the A1?

NHL Feb 10, 2004 6:29 AM

The speed ratings are for writes only... Read cycles are faster even on slower cards. Downloading (ie read operation) was never an issue but limited only by the type of USB/Firewire interface device! :wink:

Write speeds on the other hand are not limited to just the cards, but are extended to a camera as well. The truth is no camera can sustained a 40x writes, only computers or laptops writing huge files can force this on the cards. As for the A1, it max out around ~12x.

falconkeeper Feb 10, 2004 7:52 PM

NHL, Are you saying that I should stick to the 12x and 16x cf cards and not even bother to get the 40x that Lexar makes? I'm trying to get the best that I can use and not waste money on something that I can't.

NHL Feb 10, 2004 9:00 PM

For the Dimage, yes... but don't forget that your next camera upgrade could use the extra speed. :wink:

BTW unless you shoot in RAW or Tiff (ie large files) in a higher performance camera, none of the speed ratings make any difference either... The camera's buffer will usually mask the speed differences (if any) in the smaller JPEG files, until they fill-up the buffer that is! :P

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