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Old Apr 19, 2009, 7:33 AM   #1
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I bought a cheap CF card for my E-520, because partly I could do with a bigger card and partly because I though the CF would be faster. And it is, more than twice as fast...

I took a five shot sequence in RAW as fast as the camera would go, recorded the time from the first frame to the end of the card write LED flashing.

Genuine Olympus M type xD card = 25 seconds.
A-data Speedy CF card = 10 seconds.

Not bad difference, especially since the CF is considerably cheaper to buy !
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Old Apr 19, 2009, 7:36 AM   #2
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I;ve not looked to much at xD cards but I knew speed was a serious problem with them and I can;t understand why Oly just does not switch to CF + SD cards.
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Old Apr 19, 2009, 7:43 AM   #3
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Me neither Harj. They seem to be hanging on hoping for some sort of marketing miracle. I only bought an xD because my Fuji S6500fd used then only, no SD.
I trawled Ebay long and hard to find a decent price on the faster 2Gb M xD card back then too, but CF kills it for speed now.
At least it's still usable in the E-520 as a backup.
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Old Apr 19, 2009, 9:07 AM   #4
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Olympus does a lot of things right. As an example, they continue to pack their entry level cameras with more usefulfeaturesthan perhaps, any other camera manufacturer. i.e. firmware to allow image stabilization of legacy lenses.

They also have arguably, some of the best lenses available.

That's why it's all the more curious that they stubbornly hold onto a simply awful memory card. I just don't understand it.

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Old Apr 19, 2009, 7:03 PM   #5
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Maybe they're expecting some Super Virus to strike down every SD and CF card on the planet, only leaving the sad forgotten xD cards the last standing ;-)
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Old Apr 19, 2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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Well, we knew that CF is faster than xD, but on those cameras that have both slots it doesn't hurt to keep a card in both. If you run out of space on your CF, or you are asked to surrender your card you can always give them the xD, and then take off, or copy the files to the xD while arguing you're not going to give up the card and when forced to give up one of the cards and keep the other with your pictures intact.

As for xD/SD, Olympus has invested a lot into xD and they don't have to pay royalties to someone else (which they would have to do with SD).

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