Which high capacity CF card for Canon S70?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Reestit Mutton, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    I've been asked to buy a large capacity (1GB or 2GB) Compact Flash card
    for a family member who has a Canon S70. While I know that speed is
    likely to be important for such a large capacity card with a 7MP camera
    I'm unsure whether it's worth paying extra for either a Lexar 80x,
    Sandisk Ultra II or Sandisk Extreme III card over, say, a Kingston Elite

    The 2GB Kingston is approx £90 whereas the alternatives are more like
    £130-£140 minimum.

    What I'm intesrested in is whether the speed of the Canon S70 is likely
    to limit (or even completely negate) the potential speed benefit of the
    Lexar and Sandisk cards mentioned above.

    FWIW, I don't think the recipient's computer is likely to benefit from
    increased download speed as it's unlikely to have USB2.0 or firewire

    I've looked at Rob Galbraith's CF card database but it only covers CF
    card performance in Digital SLRs and I'm unsure as to whether I can
    extrapolate the likely speed of the Canon S70 from those of the Canon
    DSLRs listed.

    Can anyone help?

    Reestit Mutton, Feb 7, 2005
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  2. Johnnie Scott, Feb 7, 2005
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  3. Thanks for the response Johnnie.

    Yup - I'm aware of mymemory, along with a plethora of other cheap memory
    outlets. It's not the price that I'm unsure of, it's the cost/benefit of
    the fastest of them in a Canon S70.

    While I know that I need a fast card, I just don't know how fast will be
    necessary and sufficient for a Canon S70 in raw mode. If the camera
    itself has a theoretical maximum write speed then I don't want to be
    unnecessarily wasting extra money on a super fast card when a fast one
    will be sufficient to get the maximum performance out of the camera.

    Is anyone out there able to comment on this issue?

    Reestit Mutton, Feb 7, 2005
  4. Okay...in the absence of any useful responses (no disrespect to
    Johnnie's attempt...while it was useful, it just didn't answer the
    question) can anyone suggest a NG where this question is more likely to
    be answered?

    Reestit Mutton, Feb 9, 2005
  5. Reestit Mutton

    mark eldon Guest

  6. Reestit Mutton

    pgcs Guest

    For the extra money, I would go with the fastest card possible. Even if
    the S70 doesn't use the full potential of the higher speed card, you
    may use the card in another camera down the road that will. The S70 is
    a fine camera and since you want to record in RAW, it is better to err
    on the side of the faster card.

    If you go to http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons70/page4.asp they
    show the storage times of RAW and JPEG images for the S70 using a 1GB
    SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash card. Hope it helps.
    pgcs, Feb 11, 2005
  7. Reestit Mutton

    sallybelgium Guest

    I have an S70 and must say that the speed of the CF card is not
    important at all.
    I have a Lexar 1GB (40x) and a Sandisk EXTREME 512mb and I can't notice
    any difference.
    However to read the cards with your pc, the extreme is muuuuuuuuuuuuuuch
    faster !!!!
    So I would say : take the fastest card possible (the price difference is
    no so big anymore) Sandisk EXTREME are just great cards !!!
    To see pictures taken with the S70, take a look at my website :

    Please don't hesitate to ask for any more information, or better, put
    your question on the forum of my site, I'll answer you asap

    sallybelgium, Feb 11, 2005
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