I’m a big fan of my IBM 1GB Microdrive. It fits nicely in my Canon D30 digital camera and gives me the ability to store lots of pictures. And because it is a hard drive rather than solid state, it used to run rings around other CF cards when it came to performance.
That was a year ago when I bought the Microdrive. Yesterday, I was at Keeble & Schucat, a photographic store in Palo Alto, with a friend of mine who is interested in buying a D30 for himself. While he was busily snapping pictures, I suddenly became quite jealous. The camera in the store was saving pictures noticeably faster than mine does. After snapping off a couple of frames to verify that it was cycling faster than mine, I popped the CF card out and found one of Lexar’s new high performance Professional 16x cards.
What a difference a year makes when it comes to solid state devices. I own a 64MB 8x Lexar card that the Microdrive trounced in performance, not to mention storage space. Now, you can get these new fast cards in capacities of up to 512MB. From the little bit of research that I’ve done on the net in the last few hours, the Microdrive is probably still faster than solid state for long operations, but the Lexar cards win for in-camera use when you are writing out a image file from memory because they don’t have to spin up the hard drive to start writing.
Now I’m plotting to sell my Microdrive and pick up one or two of these new Lexar cards. Digital photography — it’s an expensive habit for sure.
What have your experiences been with Compact Flash “digital film”?