Help req : CF or Fuji XD

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by leebotham, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. leebotham

    leebotham Guest

    I'm just about to buy a Fuji Finepix S9500 in the UK, but notice it will
    take either compact flash cards or Fuji XD cards. Does anyone have any
    experience of either of these formats, as my current Sony uses memory
    sticks. Also - is there one of these formats which is more reliable or gives
    better "results" than the other ?

    Thanks in advance,
    leebotham, Mar 4, 2006
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  2. CF is probably the more popular and you can always buy micro drives, up
    2.2gb in CF format if you intend taking a lot of pics. Also, so memory card
    readers don't offer XD support, so you still have to plug the camera into
    your pc instead of just the card. I use both and there's no difference in
    quality of the results.


    Martyn Rowland, Mar 4, 2006
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  3. leebotham

    John Bean Guest

    Use CF as a preference. CF is industry standard, cheaper,
    faster, larger - both physically and in maximum storage
    terms - than xD. Large (>512MB) xD cards can have
    compatability issues with some equipment - even simple card
    readers - and is used only by Fuji and Olympus.
    John Bean, Mar 4, 2006
  4. leebotham

    Mark Dunn Guest

    I got an xD reader for about £5 from 7dayshop.
    Mark Dunn, Mar 4, 2006
  5. leebotham

    John Bean Guest

    Good for you, and maybe it will work with all sizes of xD
    card and maybe it won't. Many xD readers can't handle 1GB
    cards for example, even some of the expensive ones. xD isn't
    even "standard" within itself, that's its problem. Every
    time a new xD "standard" is invented to overcome size
    limitations in the previous "standard" they won't work in
    the old readers.

    Sensible card formats like SD or CF use their own controller
    on the card, so the read/write hardware can be truly
    independent of the actual flash device(s). Not so with xD -
    the controller is in the camera/reader instead, so every
    time a new xD "standard" is introduced the camera/reader has
    to be upgraded/replaced to allow it to work with the new
    media. It's a stupid design.
    John Bean, Mar 4, 2006
  6. leebotham

    Mark Dunn Guest

    I was just pointing out to the OP that you could get an inexpensive xD
    reader. Fortunately I don't really mind as I have an X-Drive and never need
    anything bigger than a 64 meg card.
    Mark Dunn, Mar 4, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    CF cards are bulky, xD cards are tiny. I don't see bulk as a problem,
    but I find the xD cards are very fiddly and far too easy to lose. So
    my vote goes to Compact Flash, every time.

    Compact Flash cards are also slightly cheaper, MB for MB.
    Tony Polson, Mar 4, 2006
  8. leebotham

    OG Guest

    Hi John, you may not be aware that top posting* is not the preferred means
    of replying on newsgroups.

    * top posting is where your reply is inserted at the 'top' of the post to
    which you are responding.

    #Excellent Question, It is because the answer is out of sequence

    ~Why is top posting not the preferred means of replying?
    OG, Mar 4, 2006
  9. leebotham

    OG Guest

    Sorry, that should be "Hi Mark", not "Hi John"
    OG, Mar 5, 2006
  10. leebotham

    John Bean Guest

    Accusing me of top posting is fighting talk, but your
    apology is accepted ;-)
    John Bean, Mar 5, 2006
  11. leebotham

    Ken Ward Guest

    I have a Fuji S9500 and use both a 1Mb CF and 1Mb Xd card. They both
    operate well but I have read that a CF card can overheat when used for

    Ken Ward.
    Ken Ward, Mar 5, 2006
  12. leebotham

    Paul Guest

    On price alone C/F cards win hands down.
    Paul, Mar 5, 2006
  13. Speed tests have shown XD cards record quicker than all but the most expensive CF.
    I've used both in an S7000, and the XD is noticeably quicker. I switch to CF when I need larger volume.
    As for needing a card reader, you can still use the camera itself as a card reader. Therefore if the camera can record to it, you can always access it even if third party readers can't cope!
    Michael A. Sewell, Mar 9, 2006
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