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Old Mar 22, 2008, 1:02 PM   #1
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I just placed an oder for a Panasonic Lumix DM-FZ50 but have not ordered a CompactFlash card and need a recommendation. I have heard that there are some incompatibilities with 4GB cards... Also I have read that taking photos in RAW format can be slow. What fast cards would owners of the FZ50 here would recommend?
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The Panasonic DMC-FZ50 doesn't use CompactFlash.

It uses either SD (Secure Digital) or SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) media.

I'd probably get this Class 6 Transcend 4GB SDHC card from newegg.com. I saw one FZ50 user reporting that a Class 6 Transcend 4GB SDHC card was twice as fast as a 2GB card he was using when shooting raw. It comes with a lifetime warranty and an SDHC compatible USB 2.0 card reader.

Transcend 4GB Class 6 SDHC card with USB 2.0 SDHC/SD card reader for $19.99 at newegg.com

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Jim, Thanks for the clarification and suggestion!! SDHC are certainly much cheaper than CompactFlash cards.. But I am interested in high speed and capacity in order to take RAW picts. Is class ^ same speed as 133X?
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It appears to be a very fast card. See the first screen capture of it in this review, where they got around 14MB/Second write times and 19MB/Second read times with a Transcend 8GB Class 6 SDHC card via a reader with the block sizes you're likely to see with a typical camera.

http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=1096

newegg.com has a good deal on their larger cards too. Stick to the newer Class 6 cards in their SDHC line.

Transcend 8GB Class 6 SDHC Card with reader at newegg.com for $70.99 Click on the product images in their listing to see the Lifetime Warranty on the packaging.

I've been using a Transcend 133x 16GB CompactFlash card in a Sony DSLR-A700 with no problems since October (and it clocks at about the same speed as a Sandisk Extreme III in this camera). From benchmarks I've seen of their newer Class 6 SDHC cards, they're fast, too.

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Class 6 doesn't say much. Even cards with MLC memory do fulfill the class 6 specification, though only barely. Cards with SLC chips like the Sandisk Extreme III or the Transcend 150x are the best.
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