What is the difference between these flash cards?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jamie, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Hi There

    Was wondering if anybody knows the difference between Compact flash type 1
    and Compact flash type 2 . How would u tell the difference between the two,
    and is there a price difference.

    Thanks in advance

    Jamie, Oct 18, 2004
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  2. Jamie

    Gadi Ben-Avi Guest

    Compact flash type 2 are thicker than Compact flash type 1.

    Some camera's only accept type 1.

    Microdrives are the same size as Compact flash type 2.

    Gadi Ben-Avi, Oct 18, 2004
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  3. I am not sure if you could tell the difference between a Type I & Type II if
    you had any by itself (at least if you're a "newbie" and haven't seen
    zillions of them before), but if you had them side-by-side you definitely
    could, as the Type II are way thicker.

    Typically, entry-level cameras which accept Compact Flash--and frankly,
    they're rare now as point & shoots are increasingly SD card based (a
    pet-peeve of mine)--but such cameras are typically going to only accept Type
    I. That's usually okay, though; now-adays, you can easily get 512 megabyte
    Type I cards and even 1 Gigabyte cards which are Type I. (There are bigger
    ones but most tend to be Type II and require a camera that has the FAT32
    storage system which not all do.) Either way, make sure it's an "approved
    card" first; some may not work even if they are Type I and physically fit,
    they may not ELECTRONICALLY be compatible.

    In my case, I have a Nikon Coolpix 5700 which does accept Type I or Type II,
    but I simply have a 12x Lexar 512 Megabyte Type I card (link:
    and I can get more than 300 FINE-JPEGs on them, or about 70 RAWs, and it's a
    5 megapixel camera.

    Microdrives are Type II, and they were popular awhile back because it was
    uncommon for Type I cards to have 512 megabytes of capacity (to say nothing
    of the 4 and even 8 gigabyte cards you can find). Even now Microdrives are
    cheaper than Type II NON-microdrive cards of the same capacity, but me
    personally I'd rather stick with a Type I or II with no moving parts.

    A good rule of thumb follows (my own recommendations, not someone who's a
    pro, just me) in terms of what size card you should own based on your
    camera's resolution:

    Megapixels Size (Megabytes)
    ----------- ---------------
    2 64-128
    3 128-256
    4 256-512
    5 256-512
    6 512-1G
    8 1-2G

    Two years or so ago those might have been on the high-end; I mean, for
    instance, with the 2-megapixel, a 64 card will hold almost 100 phots, a 128
    about 175 photos. That's a LOT. A 32 card could hold 50, and that might be
    enough for you. With the 5-megapixel, the 256 will probably hold 150 photos,
    the 512 about 325 or so. Again, that's a lot; maybe a card that hold 50-100
    is enough for you. But to me, memory--especially Compact Flash memory--is so
    cheap, that's why now (as opposed to 2 years ago or so) I'd recommend going
    pretty large.

    Larry R Harrison Jr, Oct 18, 2004
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