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    Some May Remember....

    ...a while back, a 2.2GB V-Stor CF Type II memory card was posted in the bargain section.

    I managed to get hold of one after a bit of messing around (they sent it out but Royal Mail never delivered, and they sent another straight out)

    When I recieved it, I eagerly put it into my camera (Nikon Coolpix 5400) and was shocked at the performance. It took AT LEAST 20-30 seconds to save one picture to the card! (I know this, as you can here the card spinning up, so I'm guessing its insides are similar to a hard drive, as it sounds like a micro-hard drive.)

    Now I've lost my camera charger, but have just ordered a new one from Jessops which should be here this coming week. I don't want to continue using my 16meg card that cames with the camera, so I'm just wondering if theres a setting in my camera which could cut this "saving time" down? A friend told me there could be.

    Obviously lowering the quality and resolution of the pictures may help, but I dont want to do that. Does anyone have any idea if there is and, what are the (different?) names for it, as I'm not a pro nor even an intermediate when it comes to cameras.

    Obviously I cant explore the camera settings/check any solutions posted, until my charger arrives, as the batteries flat

    Thanks

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    I'm afraid all you can really do is lower the quality. If your shooting in RAW, try JPEG... But if you're already shooting in JPEG... Then it's gonna have to be a quality / resolution change :/

    Microdrives aren't ideal for digital cameras. They're very performance sensitive, and a microdrive will reduce battery life, to boot.

    I recently upgraded the memory on my camera from a "standard" (but not cheapy) Lexar card, to a Sandisk Ultra II. The difference is very noticeable

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    Thanks for your reply.

    IIRC I am shooting in JPEG, so I guess....I'll need a new card then?

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    agreed with hoodi here, you just need a faster card, sorry

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    i usually buy all my memory cards and stuff from eBay. Got a SanDisk Extreme III 1gig compact flash for around £70 a couple of months ago. Or take a look at Scan, they have some pretty good prices if you don't like eBay

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    faster cards are the number one thing that cut down write times to it, its got very little to do with the processing of tha camera as thats almost instantaneous
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    I have a Nikon D70, and I found that it works just as well with microdrives as with normal CF cards. I think the reason is that the D70 has a large buffer so as a user you don't notice the time it take to write files to the card, because you can just carry on shooting.

    I have also experemented with some very old and slow (2x) CF cards, and have found that write time is not a problem (though you can't get many pictures on a 8Mb card).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrestomanci
    I have a Nikon D70, and I found that it works just as well with microdrives as with normal CF cards. I think the reason is that the D70 has a large buffer so as a user you don't notice the time it take to write files to the card, because you can just carry on shooting.

    I have also experemented with some very old and slow (2x) CF cards, and have found that write time is not a problem (though you can't get many pictures on a 8Mb card).
    What mode do you shoot in, mostly?

    I only ask as I use a D70, too, and as posted above, have found a massive difference between a standard & high performance CF card... But then again, I shoot in RAW&JPEG, which is a lot of writing for the cam to do. The buffer fills after 4 shots! (Although quickly clears with the Sandisk Ultra II)

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    Think most cards will keep up with jpg on a D70, but raw will fill the buffer quickly.

    Heres a speed test done on a range of cards

    http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6816

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    my card (a ultra-fast kingmax one if i remember right) will handle 4 full size pics (3meg each) per second for as long as i hold the button down (got bored after a minute).. perhaps you could make yours spin up by shooting a picture before the one you wish to take- once it is spun up i would think it is quicker?
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    Lexar Pro 80x 1GB - the way to go

    D70 & D200 -

    I have one of those 2.2GB microdrives, but don't use it any more. Too much corruption, ie 2 to 3 pics in a wedding, which is way too much. Never had a prob with the Lexars, and they come with that free recovery software, usable on any CF card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddam
    D70 & D200 -

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