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11-23-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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Memory Card Speed Advantage?

Will the k100d, or the k100d super take advantage of a faster memory card? I thought I saw a posting somewhere that said it didn't matter. There are a lot of sales on medium speed chips, but I would hold out for a faster chip if it made a difference, particularly in the time it takes to upload to the computer.

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Recently with my K10D, I was shooting in continuous mode with a Lexar 4GB SDHC Platinum II 60x. No problem. When I filled that, I changed to a Lexar 1GB (unknown speed, but think it is 20x maybe?). Noticed a big slowdown in writing to the card.

Originally, I thought it only made a difference when copying to and from the computer, but it does make a difference in write speed from the camera.
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From what I've seen, the K10D can write at the approximate equivalent of 66. So, you'll see an improvement going up to that speed but not much of a win beyond it.

The K100D is somewhat slower innately, but you'll still definitely notice the effect of using a really slow card.
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I'd looked into this before, and found the K100D to have a decent cache, good enough to take 3 RAW pictures in quick succession, but then it takes about 5 sec. to offload one of those pictures (10Mb), regardless of my memory card speed.

I have Toshiba 4Mb/sec and 6Mb/sec cards, with similar results - max write speed of about 2Mb/sec, limited by the K100D, not the memory card. So unless your memory card's write speed is slower than 2Mb/sec, it doesn't matter which one you choose in the K100D.

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however, having a faster card can make a difference getting images onto your computer. Much less time.
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I use a 2GB regular Sandisk card and a 1GB Extreme III card on my K100 and I have noticed ZERO difference in speed between the two. I haven't noticed a lot of difference loading onto the computer, but I really haven't paid much attention to that. If you have a K100, save your money and buy a larger capacity "regular" SD card.
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