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Old Jun 1, 2005, 3:31 PM   #1
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Have the option of getting a 256MB Kingston Ram, for $9.99 after rebate from Fry's Electronics. My guess is that it's 2mb speed.

Alternatively, I can get Panasonic Pro 512 MB SD card for $44.99. I believe it has write speed of up to 20MB.

Which would be the better buy? I just bought a new FZ15 that arrives via Fedex today, and I plan on shooting these type of pictures:

Typical Family pictures (birthdays, etc.)
My son /daughter playing basketball indoors
Son playing football outdoors
Daughter swimming outdoors.

I'm leaning towards the Panasonic Pro, but being able to get a 256 SD for $10 bucks.... wow.

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Old Jun 1, 2005, 3:58 PM   #2
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Dependable. Fast. Good company to buy from.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820155257
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 4:20 PM   #3
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Agreed, Newegg rocks.

Just picked up a 66X RiData Pro SD Card, 1 GB - $73 after shipping, was here in 3 days.
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 5:20 PM   #4
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Okay, so I guess everyone likes newegg, but I can pick min up in 5 minutes on the way home today from Frys Electronics.

I'm guessing that within the rec. of newegg, it is advised to go with a high-speed version?

This is the card I can get on the way home for $44.99 (120X)

http://shop3.outpost.com/product/438...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Or this one for $9.99 (after rebate):

http://shop3.outpost.com/product/3860927?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


Can't wait to get my camera and start blowing through some pictures. The ones I've seen online taken by the camera are amazing... blows my Nikon 4300 away.




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Old Jun 1, 2005, 5:27 PM   #5
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Just realized there's a whole tread on memory cards.

Me bad...didn't look outside the Panasonic thread.

Picking up the 512MB 120X Panasoic card on my way home.

Hey, the insides will match the outside!








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Old Jun 2, 2005, 12:37 AM   #6
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I say get the cheapo. The 'slow' Kingston will work fine for the uses you mentioned (are you sure it is only a 2X ?). I picked up a 1 gig 'media' SD card (40X) from Frye's a few weeks ago and while the transfer after taking a series of 4 shots takes a couple seconds, the card hasn't been a problem (FZ10). If I remember correctly, the camera itself cantemporarily storethe information and then transfer it onto the card so 'rapid shoot' still works.

IMHO, while the Panasonic is a fine card, you can get a better value elsewhere.
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Old Jun 2, 2005, 1:10 AM   #7
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I went by Frys to buy it, and it's $70 at the store... $44.95 online. I understand overhead and all, but $25?

I'm ordering the fast one online, and I'll go ahead and buy the cheapo kingston one for $9.99 after rebate, so I can have one over the weekend for my new toy.

The stupid card that came with the FZ-15 is 8MB... they just must have a huge truckload that they want to get rid of... lol... totally useless - holds 3 images.

Nice camera so far...




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Old Jun 2, 2005, 12:40 PM   #8
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It's been discussed elsewhere, but Pana cameras write at around 5 mb/sec, which is equivalent to the write speed of a 40X SD card. Anything over this speed is"wasted" in terms of camera use. That 120X card is overkill, but it's a very good price for a card of that size and speed.

You will find situations where your camera freezes momentarily with the slower card--after burst mode, during other quick shooting situations, while saving as TIFFs, etc. But if that's not a concern for you, then $10 can't be beat! Get a couple.
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I thought the Panasonic Cameras wrote at about 9-10 MB/sec?


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Hi Varn. I'm just going with what was reported in other threads, I recall that someone had verified with Panasonic that thewrite speed of FZ5 and FZ3 was about 5 mb/sec (that's the camera's speed,not the card's speed). I'll take their word for that.

As for me, I useATP 60X card and have yet to come across a freeze-up situation where I had to wait for the writing to finish. So, a 9-10 mb/sec card definitely handles whatever the camera can throw at it.
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