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bkkm Jul 3, 2006 9:35 PM

Hi All,
I am new here. I just bought a Sony DSC-W70 and I had a simple question regarding what memory to purchase. Is there any advantage to the high speed as compared to the standard speed memory stick pro duo?

I had a Finepix S3000 before so I am expecting this to way outperform that camera. I found a good price on a 2GB high speed memory stick on ebay and I was wondering if I should go for it.

steve Jul 3, 2006 10:26 PM

The MS PRO Duo is required for shooting the high quality 30fpsMPEG-VX movies. These are faster than the standard MS Duo cards. The faster cards also means faster downloads from camera to computer too. I would go for the PRO Duo cards for obvious reasons ;)

bkkm Jul 4, 2006 10:18 AM

Thanks very much Steve. I went for it. $75 shipped to my door. $249 in the stores. Awesome!!

tom21 Jul 5, 2006 5:30 AM

Be careful, there are a lot of fake cards flying around on ebay at the moment, particuarly Sony and Sandisk!

amazingthailand Jul 5, 2006 9:44 AM

Yeah, that sounds like a price 'too good to be true'.

Scam alert!
Warning bells!
Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

JimC Jul 5, 2006 10:59 AM

That's not too far out of line for Memory Stick Pro Duo. You can order a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo directly from for $119.95 now. Sony had some recent price drops, and the media in stores may not reflect these price drops yet.

Memory Stick Pro Duo Media at

Newegg has 'em for $79.99 now (and they're a reputable vendor).

2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo at

Just to confuse things even more, Sony makes 3 types of Memory Stick Duo Media.

Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
High Speed Memory Stick Pro Duo

The High Speed 2GB card sells for almost twice as much as the standard Memory Stick Pro Duo. It's a faster card. But, you don't actually need the high speed version to record video from what I've been able to determine (but, you do need the Memory Stick Pro Duo versus Memory Stick Duo for the best 30fps video mode).

bkkm Jul 5, 2006 9:52 PM

Thanks for all the input. The memory stick is in the mail still and I get the camera tomorrow... hopefully. I will keep you updated as to how everything works out. The card does come with an apparent 3 year exchange warranty... so I will keep my fingers crossed that it is on the up and up.

bkkm Jul 8, 2006 9:00 AM

Well I got my camera and I got my memory stick. It seems to be exactly what I ordered. Original packaging from Sony and all. 2GB high speed mem stick duo pro for $75 to my door. Can't wait to start taking some great pictures. thanks again for all your input.

BKSinAZ Jul 29, 2006 4:46 AM

I am very confused about the diffences between Memory Stick Duo,
Memory Stick Pro Duo, and the Memory Stick Pro (no duo)

Please explain the differences? Which is the best?

If possible, could you email answer to [email protected]due to this being a work computer that I am using right now.


Sintares Jul 29, 2006 4:24 PM

Also sent to your email address, though posting an email address in a forum is a sure fire way to get it added to spam lists ?

Spammers write little programs that scan thousands of forums each day for email addresses to be added to their lists so always use a throwaway address ..

Duo Sticks, the newer half sized memory stick for the newer Sony models, usually have a little adapter to make them full size and fit in regular (full size) slots for the older cameras.

Anyone buying the full size sticks will be disappointed when the newer Sonys can't take them, so always buy duo..

I am not sure, but I think all Duos are Pro?


Found a duo stick on Amazon that is not a Pro ! However its only a 128mb card, and who would buy less than 1gb cards these days ?


Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro

The full sized sticks.

The Pro card is faster , you need the Pro card for the best movie mode on the latest cameras. Unless you have an ancient camera that needs the older sticks, get a Pro version.

Basically there is little point in buying anything but a Pro stick, so get a Pro Duo, fits the latest cameras needing duo cards and can with an adapter fit older cameras that need the full size stick.

Hi speed cards, the really fast cards, really expensive compared to the pro sticks, practically no one needs them unless its to show off , since most Sony point and shoot cameras will not be able to write data to the card fast enough to make a difference.

Obviously once inserted into a card reader then the data will be downloaded faster , but that seems to be a small benefit for such an expensive card.

Haven't seen a review of the Sony dslr ,that might be able to fullymake use of a hi speed card and justifiy the cost !

There is an even smaller memory stick called the micro (for phones ..) , it comes with an adapter to turn it into a full size MS Pro

JimC Jul 29, 2006 4:39 PM

Sintares wrote:

Haven't seen a review of the Sony dslr ,that might be able to fullymake use of a hi speed card and justifiy the cost !
Make sure to see Steve's preview of the new Sony DLSR-A100

The new Sony DSLR-A100 does not take Memory Sticks, except through a CompactFlash to Memory Stick Adapter.

You're better off using a fast CompactTlash Card with it, unless you already have a substantial investment in Memory Stick media. Even then, you're probably better off just buying newer and faster media.

Heck, I just bought some 1GB Lexar 40x Platinum Pro CompactFlash Cards for only $19.95 with free shipping from They're not as fast as the latest models. But. for that price, what the heck. lol

The Konica Minolta Maxxum (a.k.a. Dynax) 5D, as well as the new Sony Alpha DLSR-A100 (which is based in large part on the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D), have *very* fast write speeds to media with fast CompactFlash Cards like the Sandisk Extreme III (almost 9MB/Second with an Extreme III).

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D:

Renegade_R Aug 2, 2006 12:43 AM

I heard the fake Sony Memory Sticks are not that bad actually as they give slightly more space than a true memory stick and only a tiny bit slower...but...who knows how many different kinds of fake ones are out there.

Sintares Aug 2, 2006 2:20 AM

Many of the fakes reportedly fail after only a couple of months or from the start are a lesser size than indicated.

It depends on how much you value your pictures.

Would hate to have taken some important pics, a wedding, a birthday, a graduation etc only to lose them due to a failed memory stick.

Still, I am surepotentiallylosing some important memories are totally outweighed by the fact that you can save 50 bucks buying fake.

And I am sure the organised crime syndicates producing the fakes thank you for your purchase.

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