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01-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Is there any chance a BIOS update will fix the abysmally slow raw speed?

I only shoot raw+ on the Q, and I find it's just miserably, abysmally, annoyingly slow. Is there any chance a firmware update will fix this, or am I pretty much always going to be wishing and hoping it would hurry the fark up?

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Doubt it, personally I don't find it particularly annoying, though I do have a fast card.
Not that I consider the Q a fast burst sports action shooter though
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChopperCharles Quote
I only shoot raw+ on the Q, and I find it's just miserably, abysmally, annoyingly slow. Is there any chance a firmware update will fix this, or am I pretty much always going to be wishing and hoping it would hurry the fark up?

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What are the specs on your SD card?
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I think its just a limitation of the compact hardware. Maybe they'll put in faster chips in a future Q body- but at least it's not as slow as the mx1!


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Firmware update can speed up some things, but probably not the write speed, since that is mechanically limited. Here is what you can do:
1) Shoot raw without jpeg.
2) Disable in-camera corrections and filters. Especially and CA and distortion correction. These settings can slow down the camera, because they even correct preview jpegs embedded in the raw.
3) Use fast, reliable SD card. A slow SD card can be a bottleneck. Get one from a trusted brand like Sandisk, class 6 or 10
4) make review shorter or turn it off, just so you don't confuse the camera showing you a review of the photo you took as it being "slow"
5) Don't know which model you have, but the latest one is usually faster than older models.

But you should always use the latest firmware. It might not improve the write times, but it can improve things like AF and general stability.
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The Q is painfully slow because of its processors. I don't think card speed matters. I use a Class 4, but I'll do a Class 10 speed test and report back.
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Is slow on class 10 as well... I have them on my cameras.
So yea... is just the limitation of the camera and its components... don't think is a software issue (could be wrong though)...
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I did the test and I am shocked at the results. The camera was on a tripod, Av mode, f/4, 2s lockup, raw+, highlight and shadow corrections on auto, lens corrections off. Clearly my assumption that the Q processor was the bottleneck, was off the mark:
  • 4GB Class 2 Sandisk, 5s
  • 16GB Class 4 Adata, 7s
  • 8GB Class 6 Dane-Elec, 3s
  • 16GB Class 10 Panasonic, 5s
  • 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s, 2.5s

I'm not about to use a $100 card in the Q, so it looks like the Dane-Elec is the right choice. I'm glad I clicked on this thread. Slow write times were my #1 bug.

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Even on the Sandisk regular class 10 the writing speed is about 2 - 2.5 seconds.
Just as slow on the MX-1... actually I find the MX-1 slightly faster, using same 32 Gb class 10 cards.

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Since I have both with me, I just tested them... with same SanDisk class 10 card, MX-1 is considerably faster...
MX-1 is around 1 - 1.5 seconds. Q is around 3.5 - 4.5 seconds. All extra processing for corrections were off - RAW + JPEG.

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I just tested as well, with a Class 4 card the ready time seems about 3 times longer than with a Class 10 card when shooting in RAW+.
Any class 10 will do, I tested with both a cheap Wintec filemate 8GB C10 and Sandisk Extreme 30MB/S C10 and times were similar, no different than writing JPEG alone..
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Q7 is faster than the original Q but that doesn't help you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I'm not about to use a $100 card in the Q, so it looks like the Dane-Elec is the right choice. I'm glad I clicked on this thread. Slow write times were my #1 bug.
Why not? Decent SD cards, lenses, batteries and other acc's always exceeds the cost of a camera purchase. To be expected.
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I have a 16 GB Transcend UHS-1 card and it seems pretty quick, even shooting raw+. First time I tried raw+ I was surprised it wasn't as slow as everyone made it seem when reading about it online. Though my last camera prior to the Q was an old Panasonic DMC-LZ2 from circa 2006 or so.
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Why not?
I need the $100 card for my K-3. I'm not willing to buy another to gain half a second per shot on a camera that is not about speed.
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Yeah, using Sandisk Extreme class 10, still dog-slow compared to K-x, K-30, or K-01. 3 seconds is an eternity for shot-to-shot time.

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