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Old Jun 22, 2003, 9:14 AM   #1
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Default same price but which is better?

I just bought a new camera and was wondering which is better. They atre both the same price.

1GB IBM Microdrive w/PCMCIA card and case

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1GB PQI F1 40X compact flash


Thanks for the help and if you have anythjing to add please do, I'm still new.
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Old Jun 22, 2003, 4:05 PM   #2
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The Microdrive is definitely compatible with your 602 in all respects.

The CF might be. If it is I'd lean towards the CF. But you'd have to find somebody who's confirmed it's ok, or buy on exchange if you can. When you get the card, run continuous movie at 640X480. If you fill the card it's OK, so post some news here. If everything else works, and you're not bothered about movie, you might still be happy.
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Old Jun 22, 2003, 4:45 PM   #3
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i'm not worried about compatability, just want to know which would be a better card? ie. transfer rate.
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Old Jun 22, 2003, 5:03 PM   #4
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Assuming you have the 602 pictured there, not all compact flash cards work properly with the camera, which is the main issue, and the write speeds can be slower than the microdrive.
Microdrives definitely work, but because they have moving parts use batteries faster, and are more vunerable to damage by careless handling.
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Old Jun 22, 2003, 5:31 PM   #5
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Exactly, so why worry about transfer rate before compatibility?

There have been some comparitive speed test done. From what I remember, above 20X most cards show no real improvement on USB2/Firewire links. The bottlenecks are in the card write processing, even heard MD's are faster since they dont need an erase cycle.
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 7:24 AM   #6
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MicroDrive uses 10x more power than CFs, active and also standby/sleep. CFs are 20x more shock resistent than MDs. Speed makes no matter, both are faster then cameras write interface.

MDs are mechanical - with all disadvantages - going from cold to warm can kill them (I know someone ...). It's a magnetic medium.

IBM gave it up, sold it to Hitachi. Today or soon CFs with same size are cheaper.

Soon there will be 4 GB drives (Hitachi) and 4 GB CFs, initial price for 4 GB CFs will be < $ 999, prices for drives a lot more ... who needs them?
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 8:12 AM   #7
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DonaldDuc......possibly you might be confusing what in theory may happen, with what will work in the S602 interface which was fixed in tablets of stone (or silicon) when it was designed and shipped.
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 9:01 AM   #8
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Speed makes no matter, both are faster then cameras write interface.
That's what i was looking for.

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DonaldDuc......possibly you might be confusing what in theory may happen, with what will work in the S602 interface which was fixed in tablets of stone (or silicon) when it was designed and shipped.
I didn't write about S602 !

I wrote, that MD is nostalgic ... there are better things!
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 6:12 PM   #10
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QuackQuack....sorry I got lost in the thread, talking about nostalgia - do you remember Sinclair computers revolutionary 'microdrives'? In the distant past I recall the concept is along similar lines to what is on offer today.
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