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Old May 25, 2005, 6:21 PM   #1
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What is the differencebetween using a fast or slow compact disc with the nikon 8800. I am mostly concerned with the speed with which the image is recorded when shooting (rather than the issue of downloading the images to a hard drive, etc).

And do Type I or II make any difference?

Any recommendations.. I would prefer not to spend too much $$ and would like to get a 1 gig disc. I'll be shooting at the highest res settings. (I'll be traveling for 2.5 months and can store my images on a 40 gig storage drive as often as I need to.)

And any experience with the life of a compact disc card receiving daily usage and downloading?
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Old May 26, 2005, 3:46 AM   #2
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Below is an extract from http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CP8800/CP88A7.HTM

You can see that there is a difference between using a 'slow' card and a 'fast' card, but nothing to justify the outlay for the 'real' fast cards. Compact Flash Cards, (not compact disc), are very durable and most cases of failure seem to be in the very earlystages of use due to a manufacturing fault. As they are a solid state device, with no moving parts, there is less chance of a fault developing. That's not to say that it doesn't happen, just less chance.

You should be OK with something like a Sandisk Ultra, which writes at 2.9Mb/sec (20x speed), the Sandisk Ultra II is approx three times as fast at 9Mb/sec (60x). I can happily recommend the Lexar 40x as I have been using two of these with my Dimage A2 for the last year without any problems. You can get one here, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

There are cheaper Etailers, but as I don't know them I cannot recommend them. You will have to decide for yourself who you buy from. A good place to check the integrity of a seller is here, http://www.resellerratings.com/just use the A to Z to check reviews on any store listed. Personally, I would stick with Amazon if I don't know any other stores or have had a recommendation.

Read this extract and go to the first link for more info, you could also ask this question in the Nikon section, http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=21

Hope this helps,



"Prior to writing this update, there'd been speculation around the Internet that the camera actually performed faster with slower memory cards, the theory being that these cards better matched the camera's internal operating speed. I'm not sure where this rumor got started, but it clearly wasn't the case with our production sample. We tested it with a wide range of memory cards, and found that, while cards faster than 4x produced only very slight improvements in buffer-clearing times, the faster cards were in all cases faster than slower ones. (The camera does take some advantage of modern, reasonably fast memory cards though. While we found only minor differences in write speeds between 4x and 80x cards (or SanDisk's Ultra and Extreme cards), old non-speed-rated cards were very slow. Bottom line, our advice would be to make sure you purchase name-brand cards known to be at least reasonably fast, but the Coolpix 8800's performance doesn't seem to justify the investment in the highest-speed cards currently available.)"

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