memory stick vs Compact Flash for digital pics

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by Alte22a, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. Alte22a macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London
    Hi Folks!!

    I just bought a new Sony DCS F828. Been shopping around trying to decided which is better, the stick pro or the Compact flash. What I am after is something that will download and upload fast. what I want to know is 40x cf vs MS pro speed. I am shooting raw or tiff files.

    Any help is much appreciated.

    side note, I think that micro drives are slow can anyone convince me?
  2. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I have been looking at this camera for a little while now and considered the same issue.

    Ok, I think you need both - which it takes at one time.

    CF (45x) is great for cheapness and capacity. With 8 Megapixel and RAW you'll need a 512 minimum I suggest. A gig would be better. I have heard bad things about microdrive failures so personally I would avoid those.

    Sony Stick Pro are nice and fast but bloody expensive. They are nice for speed and if you get just one you can just leave it in your camera. Furthermore I believe you can use one for stills and the other for video, so by having both you can get better capacity and managment of your shots/video.

    Before you go and buy multiple CF cards though, if you have an ipod (not mini) then I would seriously consider the reader as a cheaper alternative to more cards. That way you can use your 15+gig harddisk to clear the card and keep on shooting when away from your computer.
  3. emacnewbie macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
    Oregon coast
    You might check, then go to the Sony forum. A great site for digital photography!
  4. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    Sony DSC-F828

    I have a SanDisk Ultra II (512 mb) CF card (~$120 from ebay) and this thing is fast however I tried it with a regular CF and I noticed little if no difference at all. I don't believe processor speeds have matched the write speeds yet on the faster memory cards. This is what I believe on the MS card, I only use my older non-pro card as a backup if I run out of memory. You can buy about 1Gb CF for the price of a 512 mb MS-pro. And the CF can be faster than the sony MS-Pro (don't count me to that statement though).

    About the micro drives, unless you don't plan on dropping it then you should be ok (i.e. it's not solid state). However some places like this carry lifetime warranty on there cards..

    For those of you thinking of buying this camera it's awesome (except for the purple the reviews on the web about this). Has a great write time to faster memory cards and a 7 burst mode, etc. etc... As soon as you push the power up it's ready to go thus missing interesting photos while you wait for start up. All in all the best non-digital SLR camera on the market in my opinion...

    Oh and by the way your camera should have come with a 20% coupon on accessories at the sony store, you could get the MS-Pro for a better deal maybe.
  5. Alte22a thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London
    I just came back from Denmark for a quick break, just before I went my company was about to rent a canon D1 for a job, but manage to convince my boss to use my camera, and just rent 4 Lexar X40 512Mb CF card, was actually not that much different to the free 128Mb CF that was pakage with my 828. The onboard processing to writing full size tiff was slow but the image was pretty impressive. I was actually using my camera i was involved in a different part of the production. My workmate was very impress with performance and quality. Now I am thinking about getting a a couple 40x 1GB cards.

    While I was in Denmark I burrowed my friends 340MB micro drives, they were slowler at writing, but were usable. Its just that I've used a Fuji S2 a few times on a job once with micro drives and found them rather slow. Well my minds set for the leaxr 40x cards. Thanks guys for your input.
  6. ozimax macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2004
    Nth Coast NSW
    I've been using standard memory sticks for several years now, expensive but excellent and small. I keep about 4 in my camera bag for my Sony F707. (F828 is supposed to be a very good camera but according to dpreview not worth my upgrading - next step will be a dig SLR)

    Sandisk and others have some pretty good memory sticks at better prices than Sony, 128 mb seem to be best value at present. I have used sandisk cf cards before with a previous kodak camera but you can't beat a Carl Zeiss lens for image quality. Regards, Max
  7. Bhennies macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2004
    NYC & Baltimore
    Everyone I know here in new york that shoots pro digital is using CF.
  8. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    I'm using an S1 (hence the avatar) and am using CF. I actually gave micro drives a chance first -have 2 now- but they'd kill the battery after only 2-3 hours of shooting. I bought a 256Mb CF card (Lexar) back in Boston, and haven't switched batteries in 3 weeks now :cool:

    No more micro drives for me :mad:

    1 more vote for CF
  9. ThinkingMac macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2004
    CF v MemoryStick

    I am a pro photographer and I would only go with CF. They win on most fronts, More Gigs per $ more choice.
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I would not even think to validate Sony's choice of a proprietary solution for flash memory. It's not only a plus that CompactFlash is less expensive, but that you can find it most anywhere. I have considered a MicroDrive card but for the price of the card and the extra battery you need, it's cheaper to buy an iPod with the Belkin Media Reader and offload the shots.

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