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amat_33 Nov 11, 2004 3:27 PM

Well, I've read here some informations about SD cards, so I know now that SanDisk Ultra II writing speed is 10Mb/s, and SanDisk Extreme III writing speed is 20 Mb/s.

But I have a question about using these cards with the Panasonic FZ 20 : did anyone use continuous shooting (2 frames / sec) with a SanDisk Ultra II card for 20, 50 or 100 frames ?

Is the shooting continuous or is there a moment when the camera stops ?

I know somebody who tried with a "simple" SanDisk card : after the 5 first frames at full speed, the action slowed down to 1,6 frames / sec, and after 75 frames the camera did stop.

If there is someone who could make a test (for example by shooting a clock and comparing the first and last frame) whe could perhaps see what is the influence of the card type on FZ 20 speed.

thanks in advance.

brentdholmes Nov 11, 2004 9:16 PM

O.K., you got my interest up. I just happened to purchase both the FZ20 and the Sandisk Ultra 2 512 card very recently.

At 2 frames per second the camera took 60 frames in 30 seconds without a whimper or a hiccup at the highest resolution and minimum compression settings for JPEG.

I have only had the camera for a week now, but it impresses me more every time I use it! :-)

amat_33 Nov 12, 2004 12:18 AM

Thank you very much for your reply :cool:.

And I see you understood well the question, because I forgot to precise "at the highest resolution and minimum compression settings for JPEG" ( of course !).

I 'll receive my FZ 20 next week,and now, I know a SD Ultra II will be OK ( it's to take continuous frames when I happen to see a Shorttoed Eaglein the sky next year).

Thanks a lot, and I hope your FZ 20 will continue to impress you for a long time.

paparazzi Nov 14, 2004 4:28 AM


i can confirm brentdholmes experiences. got my fz20 a week ago. with a san disk ultra II 512 it does impressing series of up to 50 pics (in no limit mode, highest resolution and min compression).

nevertheless i had problems with transferring the pics with a card reader. panasonic´s german call center said, it has to do with san disk cards bigger than 256 mb. don´t believe that. that´s the topic of another posting of mine.

amat_33 Nov 14, 2004 2:15 PM

Than you for your answer, that confirms the possibility of the FZ 20.

And I was also interrested in yout topic about SanDisk card, and the reply.

It's sure that I'll test completely my FZ 20 and card as soon as I receive it, taking some pictures of pigeons in the park, so that if I can't read the card I will not be too disapointed...:-), and Iwill return it to get an other one.

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