I read today that Panasonic have released a class 10 UHS-1 SDHC card. Read speed 95MB/sec, Write 80MB/sec, and that the D7000 is one of only two cameras that can fully utilise that performance. Anyone think the high price is money well spent?
Panasonic release class 10 UHS-1SDHC card(9 posts) (6 voices)
New cards are nothing more than a shiny new penny - looks pretty but works the same. Wait 6-12 months and the price will drop 50% or more. If you have at least 30mb/s cards you are good.
I think you're probably right Tao, although I must confess to having a problem with knowingly buying yesterdays technology. I thought it interesting though, that in spite of other manufactures cameras (rhyming with gammon) being released at the same time, Nikon was one of only 2 to have the foresight to design the D7000 with the ability to use this new standard. If you're going to put down a sizeable hunk of money on a new piece of equipment, you want it to be as future proof at the point of purchase as possible. A feather in the cap for Nikon I think?
Got one of these latest Sandisk 16GB 45Mbit cards U1 cards the other week for my D7000 and I get the feeling that it does speed up things compared to the Sandisk 30Mbit Class 10 16GB card I had. Seems just that little bit faster when shooting a burst. But that may also be due to that new processor thingie they build in.
...Nikon was one of only 2 to have the foresight to design the D7000 with the ability to use this new standard. If you're going to put down a sizeable hunk of money on a new piece of equipment, you want it to be as future proof at the point of purchase as possible. A feather in the cap for Nikon I think?
I'm not in the camp as seeing that as future proof, just utilizing new tech. The specs for the card have been out for a while so most manufactures add these when they can. Sometimes it lines up with a product release, sometimes it doesn't. SD/CF cards seem to be more hardware driven in the programming and it is never a easy firmware fix to use newer cards.
As for future proof all newer card reading devices have adopted a base that will be able to be used. If you recall a few years back there was a camera called the D50 - upgraded D70s they called it. It used up to the huge 2 GB SD cards. Well that is all it can use- only up to 2gb and that is it. Supposedly the SD community have fixed this fiasco but who knows. Honestly a 6mp sensor and a 2gb card can go a week and never have to download the images. Buying a couple of 2gig cards for $5 is not that big of a deal.
I think where you will notice the performance improvement is downloading to your computer. I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro CF in the D700 and download using a SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard reader. It can unload a 16GB card in less than half the time that the 8GB Extreme Pro SD cards can be unloaded. Upping the SD cards to the same 90 MB/s would be nice.
I have a little buffalo usb reader that does 35ish mb/ps. It takes about 10 min to import a 12bit soccer match (1000+ pics) into LR3. Whoopty woo. I just do something else for 10 min. My 45mbps cards never reach the buffer limit on my d700 unless i am doing something a bit arty, which is seldom the case on CH mode.
i just saw the d7000 shoots 14bit at the same fps as 12bit. that is a big advantage over the d300s. the d7000 obviously has bigger files as well. so nice. I really wonder what the top of the line crop is going to be like.
Haha, you guys and your incredibly fast SD cards.
I'm still on a Class 4 8 gig Sandisk.
Granted, I have a D40 though.
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