Panasonic FZ20 and faster SD card?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by David J Taylor, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Does anyone know if the Panasonic FZ20 can take advantage of the faster SD
    cards such as the SanDisk Ultra II series? The manual doesn't mention
    this, but Steve's Digicams did test with the faster card, so it is at
    least compatible.

    David J Taylor, Oct 19, 2004
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  2. David J Taylor

    Joe Guest

    The differnce in write speeds between an normal Lexar/SanDisk card and
    an Ultra II card were quite noticeable when taking pictures in TIFF
    format so I'd have to say that it DOES make a difference with the FZ20.

    Now, on the other hand, I have no idea if the FZ20 can max-out the write
    speed on an Ultra II card, I just know an Ultra II card is noticeably
    faster than "normal" cards.

    "How much faster?" Don't know... After a few test shots I just stopped
    trying to take TIFF pictures on normal cards so I don't recall exactly
    how long a normal card takes. I'd guess an an Ultra II card is at least
    3x or 4x faster, but I haven't done any stopwatch timing so it may be
    faster than that...

    ... Joe
    Joe, Oct 20, 2004
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  3. Thanks, Joe.

    Was there any noticeable difference using JPEGs rather than TIFFs?

    David J Taylor, Oct 20, 2004
  4. David J Taylor

    Joe Guest

    Well, yes. Now that you mention it, I DID notice a few differences...
    The JPG files were a LOT smaller, and they took a LOT less time to write
    to the card, and they had a tiny amount of "artifacting" on a couple of
    pictures (a REALLY tiny amount), and they had a different file extension
    and ....

    What kind of "difference" were you really wanting to know about? :^)

    ... Joe
    Joe, Oct 22, 2004
  5. Joe wrote:
    Whether the camera worked noticeably faster when using SD Ultra II cards
    with JPEG images. I appreciate that TIFF files (which are much larger)
    will show a speed difference, but if you are using the smaller JPEG files
    do you also see a noticeable speed benefit from the faster SD cards?

    David J Taylor, Oct 22, 2004
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