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Old May 15, 2004, 4:43 PM   #1
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I just bought a Coolpix 8700 and already own a nice IBM 1GB Microdrive.So far, my research tells me that the speed of the compactflash card DOES make a difference in this camera, but does not make a difference is some other cameras like the Canon digital rebel. I really want to reduce the lag time between photos and would appreciate some help. I'd even settle for a 512 card. I continue to find conflicting opions. Please help. Thank you.
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Old May 16, 2004, 6:50 AM   #2
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According to www.Nikonusa.com in the tech support section of the 8700 the following cards have been tested and approved. It does not appear s though WA cards improve speed but maybe someone that has one can let us know! HTH!

Nikon has tested the following cards and approved their use in the Coolpix 8700:

Nikon FC-CF All capacities

SanDisk Compact Flash (SDCFB) series 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB,
256 MB and 512 MB
SanDisk Ultra (SDCFH) series 128 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB
SanDisk Ultra II (SDCFH) series 256 MB

Lexar Media 4 USB series 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB,
256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 8 USB series 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB,
256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 12 USB series 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 16x USB series 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 24x USB series 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 24x WA USB 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB

Renesas Technology (Hitachi) Compact Flash HB28 128 MB,
256 MB and 512 MB

Microdrive: DSCM 10512 (512 MB) and 11000 (1 GB)

While "WA" (Write Accelerated) cards may be approved for use in this camera, no speed improvements will be noted over non-WA cards.

Other brands and capacities of cards may work, but Nikon cannot guarantee their operation. Check with the manufacturer of the third-party card for compatibility information. Nikon recommends keeping one of the approved cards available for troubleshooting.
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Old May 16, 2004, 1:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the data. I'll be sure to use one of the cards on the approved list. Sandisk Extreme 512 and Ultra II 512 were at the top of my list, if I do not get a Hitachi 2/4GB card. Maybe a Sandisk Ultra II 1GB would also be a good choice. After all, I should be able to get over 250 high res photos on a 1GB card with my 8700.

I still have not heard from anyone about whether there is a practical difference in speed noticed with the use of the different cards specific to the 8700.

Thanks again.


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