In a recent weblog, I posed the question, “Which Is faster: PC card adapter or FireWire reader?” I then opened the floor for guesses as to which was faster and by how much.
I now have the results for you, not only for a PC Card adapter and FireWire media reader, but I’m including the numbers also for a USB media card reader and direct upload via USB directly from a Canon Digital Elph S400. The test was conducted using a standard SanDisk CF 256 MB memory card containing 32 4-megapixel images recored at high quality. The photos were uploaded into iPhoto 4 on a PowerBook G4 667 (TiBook).
After each test I would trash the iPhoto library, then run the test again. I’m posting the times for both tests for each card reader. And here they are, from fastest to slowest:
- SanDisk FireWire ImageMate Reader — 1:29, 1:29
- SanDisk PC Card Adapter — 1:45, 1:48
- SanDisk USB ImageMate Reader — 2:29, 2:29
- Canon S400 via USB — 3:22, 3:20
So the FireWire reader was the fastest by 16 seconds over the PC Card adapter on this particular test. Looks to me like the closest guess was by lfransson who posted FireWire by 8 seconds. So, lfransson, send me your mailing address, and I’ll get a signed copy of Digital Photography Hacks headed your way.
Thanks to all who participated! And if you want the fastest uploads, it’s looking like a FireWire reader to me.