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Old Oct 12, 2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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I have an Olympus Evolt E-300 Camera. I'm now debating whether to go with CF or a Microdrive. I don't forsee myself climbing mountains so the altitude problem shouldn't be a big deal. It looks like price per megabyte, Microdrive trumps CF. Any reason not to go with a microdrive?
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 3:13 PM   #2
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Just two, which may or may not be significant:

1. Higher power consumption.
2. Slower write speed than fast CF cards which is only important if you indulge in taking multiple shots, it means that the camera's buffer will take longer to empty.
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 7:29 PM   #3
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I have shied away from microdrives because it has moving parts. That means one more thing that can break down, get stuck, or jam. For this reason I buy exclusively solid state type 1 cards, with no moving parts. Also, according to Rob Galbraith's site, some of the fastest CF cards are the type 1 cards.
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 8:17 PM   #4
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I have been using a microdrive for about four years with no problem.

Whenyou look at reports of memory problems, you will almost always find that they are related to handling. If you are carefull, you shouldn't have any problems with a microdrive. If you are not carefull, youhave a good chance of having problems no matter what kind of memory you use.

CF might be faster, but that depends on the camera as well as the memory. If that is an issue for you, do some carefull reading about the speed for your specific camera.
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CF might be faster, but that depends on the camera as well as the memory. If that is an issue for you, do some carefull reading about the speed for your specific camera.
In the case of the Oly evolt (e-300), CF is much faster if you use the Sandisk Extreme III cards. The evolt is one of, if not the only, camera in its class that can actually make use of the high speed of the Extreme III cards; nearly 10MB/s writing speed. I have two of them and I don't use my others until I'm absolute forced to. Microdrives have mechanical issues, taking them out and reloading involves the risk of drops, they take more power, and they're just plain slower.
Speed is relative, but I know I don't like to wait when I want to view the histogram after shooting. If budget is foremost, do whatever you have to do, of course, but if you can afford them, the Extreme III are the only way to go.


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