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Old Nov 14, 2006, 2:06 PM   #1
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I saw an offer on buy.com for 512mb or 1gb sd card for only 10 bucks! I was about to jump on the offer when I read a reviewer that said it took about 15 seconds to save just one image to the card. Yikes!

I will be using a panasonic dmc-tz1 camera and they accept sd cards....but which one is the fastest and the best?

Due to previous mishaps with my former digital camera, I definately want to have at least 2 sd cards at all times

Also, what would be the best card reader?
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 3:26 PM   #2
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The panasonic cameras write at about 5mb/s so you want a card over 32X in speed.....a 66X card will be fast enough but a faster card will not hurt anything...

The Price of 66X or faster cards here in the USA is about 20 bucks for a 1 gb card.....

And you will find if you use a card reader SD cards are very dependable.

As for a reader they also are very similar you want one that is USB2 high speed but that is about the only kind available anymore.....a 10 dollar reader will be fine.
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 3:42 PM   #3
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So, would this be too slow a card?

here are the specs:

Kingston 512MB Secure Digital Card -SD/512KR

2MBps Read Sustained Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
1.5MBps Write Sustained Multi-Level Cell (MLC)



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Old Nov 14, 2006, 5:04 PM   #4
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That would be way too slow for me it would drive me nuts.

You want at least 5mb/s and more will not hurt.

try something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820183156
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 5:31 PM   #5
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Ok, so why is this one so cheap? And why will I lose space once it is formatted? will i have to format it myself?

http://www.yesbuy.net/pqi-60x-high-s...ard-256mb.html
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Formatting the card (its likely to be formatted already) uses part of the space forthe file system, the file allocation table etc

The F.A.T.,can be thought ofroughly as the cards directory, the index to all the files stored on the card, showing the actual location on the card ofeach file.


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Old Nov 15, 2006, 4:10 PM   #7
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So, for the panasonic dmc-tz1 I need to find a memory card that has more than 5MB/s ?

But do I need a super high speed sd card if I will be taking a picture everyone couple of minutes or so?:O
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I don't know your camera, so I can't be specific. BUT,at 5MB/s it will take a finite time to store the image dependent upon the settings to define quality & size.

The camera will likely have a buffer which means that another(s) images can be taken before the first one is saved.

Quite honestly, 50x. 60x or 66x is fast enough & these cards are quite reasonably priced.

Going for a faster 133x costs a lot more with no 'in camera' advantage; however, using a high speed card reader will transfer files faster using a faster card.

The choice at the end of the day is ultimately, yours.

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