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Old Jan 11, 2006, 6:39 PM   #1
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Hi everybody,
I amplanning to buy an Olympus E-500. I can either get a 1gig Extreme III sd card or a hitachi 3 gig microdrive. I am not a pro shooter and shooting only for myself. Is the microdrive good enough for my needs or is it a no-no because of the speed issue?

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Old Jan 13, 2006, 2:37 PM   #2
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I think the primary concern would be the issue of moving parts in the microdrive. They are inherently less reliable due to that. They are also more of a drain on the battery life. I think the SD card is the way to go.
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Old Jan 13, 2006, 4:14 PM   #3
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I hope you meant to say a CF card - the E-500 does not use SD cards. It uses CF or xD-Picture Card media and xD is rediculously slow. I'd stick with CF, the Microdrives can fail and are subject to mechanical G-force, a CF card is virtually indestructable.


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It uses CF or xD-Picture Card media and xD is rediculously slow.* I'd stick with CF, the Microdrives can fail and are subject to mechanical G-force, a CF card is virtually indestructable.
And xD is quite proprietary memory type...
Or "poropietari" as called in Finnish ("poropeukalo" = bungler/butterfinger...)
Also capacity of available xD cards is small.


And at least Sandisk Extreme III CF cards have gotten considerably cheaper here in Europe so I don't see any reason to go with microdrives, which are also much slower on top of their fragility.
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