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    Hi,

    Can someone advise me on the difference between CF and SD card? I am in the mist of thinking to buy a camera with CF card, but SD card seems more popular in the market. Is CF card as widely accepted as SD card? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adricng View Post
    Hi,

    Can someone advise me on the difference between CF and SD card? I am in the mist of thinking to buy a camera with CF card, but SD card seems more popular in the market. Is CF card as widely accepted as SD card? Thanks.
    Generally speaking, most PnS and only beginner DSLRs (Nikon) use SD cards and for that reason, they are widely popular. But I dun quite like SD cards as there seems to be a high failure rate amongst the readers (probably the gap widened over prolonged use) The limit for SD cards seems to be 4Gb and 8Gb.

    CF cards are more for the mid to higher range of DSLRs (Nikon again) and are much larger in size. Up to 16Gb and they have much higher transfer speeds as well. I also prefer this medium as the pins and slots are much more secure IMO.

    So if you are an upgrader from PnS, you'd prefer to keep your cards from SD.

    But if you intend to upgrade the bodies later on, you'd have to switch to CF sooner or later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Generally speaking, most PnS and only beginner DSLRs (Nikon) use SD cards and for that reason, they are widely popular. But I dun quite like SD cards as there seems to be a high failure rate amongst the readers (probably the gap widened over prolonged use) The limit for SD cards seems to be 4Gb and 8Gb.
    I also noticed that some SD cards are incompatible with certain card readers, for example my Toshiba 2GB SD card is not compatible with my card reader, but no compatibility issue with my Kingston 256MB. However when tested with a older card reader, no problem with both cards.
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    There are just different formats of flash memories used by digital devices. Get the format that your camera supports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    There are just different formats of flash memories used by digital devices. Get the format that your camera supports.
    Finally the voice of reason and again common sense prevail....heheh.

    Like, I mean so what if I tell you the CF is the best but if the camera you want to buy can't use CF and only have slot of SD or some other format . Then what? Complain to the manufacturer to modify your new DSLR or PnS to use CF????

    They are all memory modules..most of these format are NOT GOING ANYWHERE ANYTIME SOON. They all will work or spoil just as easy too. There are the two main standards now and would be for sometime to come.

    So just buy alot of the kind your camera can use. For now you base your camera purchase on memory modules..then what will be next? Neck strap? Batteries?
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    I am thinking of getting Olympus SP-560UZ , with uses a CF card. I like the function of the camera and it's within my budget for a semi pro camera. Howver, i am in a fixed cos i am currently using a compact camera. I am used to have SD card as i can use my usb SD card reader whereever i go. So, i am in between a semi pro camera and a compact camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Generally speaking, most PnS and only beginner DSLRs (Nikon) use SD cards and for that reason, they are widely popular. But I dun quite like SD cards as there seems to be a high failure rate amongst the readers (probably the gap widened over prolonged use) The limit for SD cards seems to be 4Gb and 8Gb.

    CF cards are more for the mid to higher range of DSLRs (Nikon again) and are much larger in size. Up to 16Gb and they have much higher transfer speeds as well. I also prefer this medium as the pins and slots are much more secure IMO.

    So if you are an upgrader from PnS, you'd prefer to keep your cards from SD.

    But if you intend to upgrade the bodies later on, you'd have to switch to CF sooner or later.

    This information is quite erroneous. Currently the top of the line of Canon's DSLRs, i.e. the 1 series all use BOTH the CF and SD cards. I think that SD cards are more popular than CF cards and IIRC they are more reliable too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    They are all memory modules..most of these format are NOT GOING ANYWHERE ANYTIME SOON.
    Try finding SmartMedia cards in retail outlets nowadays ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by adricng View Post
    I am thinking of getting Olympus SP-560UZ , with uses a CF card. I like the function of the camera and it's within my budget for a semi pro camera. Howver, i am in a fixed cos i am currently using a compact camera. I am used to have SD card as i can use my usb SD card reader whereever i go. So, i am in between a semi pro camera and a compact camera.
    Both CF and SD cards are quite cheap now, and the prices are still dropping, so I don't find it too much of an issue to have another card format. Unless you are on a super tight budget. Anyway for digital camera, memory cards is a cost factor that you have to include.

    Like in my family, we have CF, SD, xD, mini SD, micro SD, MS Pro Duo, M2, and even a couple of old MMC. So how to have only one type of cards when every devices use different formats. Until all the manufacturers can come to a common agreement to use only 1 format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by syl View Post
    This information is quite erroneous. Currently the top of the line of Canon's DSLRs, i.e. the 1 series all use BOTH the CF and SD cards. I think that SD cards are more popular than CF cards and IIRC they are more reliable too!
    THAT is the only camera whic chooses to do so. Which other top end camera does so?

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    Take note that there are 16GB SD cards in the market.

    If you buy quality SD cards like those from Sandisk, not Scandisk, the Ultra or Extreme range, failure rate is very very low.
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    just buy the cam of ur choice without a care bout the memory card the cam use.(except if its a XD card)
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    I sell memory cards of all formats. Of them the one that gives worst failure rate is the standard Sandisk SD.

    No problem with the Ultra II or Extreme III.
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    XD cards would come in second worst (Fuji or Olympus).
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    Little to near nill problems with any CF cards I sell ! ... Same for MS
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    Why do Olympus put dual card ability in DSLR ? (XD / CF)
    Why do Nikon use CF cards in higher end DSLR's
    Why do Canon Use CF card in DSLR
    Why do Sony use dual card ability in DSLR ? (MSDuo / CF)

    Seems to be something there don't you think
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    Correct me if i'm wrong, for camera accepting CF slots. I saw rows of fine pins in the camera. what if any of these fine pins got bent or break away? would iy affect the function of the camera? I don't think SD would have this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adricng View Post
    I am thinking of getting Olympus SP-560UZ , with uses a CF card. I like the function of the camera and it's within my budget for a semi pro camera. Howver, i am in a fixed cos i am currently using a compact camera. I am used to have SD card as i can use my usb SD card reader whereever i go. So, i am in between a semi pro camera and a compact camera.
    If you like the camera and no other camera is comparable at the moment, I would say go and get the camera. For the SD cards you have at the moment, it is not a waste, as you can get a SD to CF adaptor to reuse them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wan View Post
    Correct me if i'm wrong, for camera accepting CF slots. I saw rows of fine pins in the camera. what if any of these fine pins got bent or break away? would iy affect the function of the camera? I don't think SD would have this issue.

    I have had my D70 with more for more then 4 yrs. I have not once bent any of the pins in my DSLR or even my PDAs.

    Firstly how do you managed to bend something that is located deep right at the end of the CF slot unless you go shoving screwdriver or whatever long appendage into it.

    And why would you do that to be begin with? You don't clean the contact pins that way.

    The way the CF card are made and if the quality of the camera construction are good, the manner in which you slot in the CF card will line up nicely with the pins everytime. Have you try to slot in one? You line it up wrong it does not let you slot in the card at all.

    Compared to SD card I take CF simply because I know the contact is rock solid since the pin penetrate which hollow contact and it is kept in place so even if it wobbles about...the contact is not compromise.
    Can you say the say for SD which is a flat contact plate and a contact that rest on each contact plate. If the plate is tarnish or the card move off too much would it lost contact at the wrong time or cause something to get wrong with the stored data? I know this as I have a PDA which uses SD card. But the slot is loose so when I accidently nudge it about while it is still in the slot, I suddenly notice my PDA lost information on the SD card. It tells me there is no SD card in my PDA. When I nudge it a few times again...then the SD card notice pops back out again. Will it happen with DSLR I am not sure but it does that with my PDA.

    But given a choice I would take the CF when it comes to 100% contact between card and DSLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo View Post
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    Why do Olympus put dual card ability in DSLR ? (XD / CF)
    Why do Nikon use CF cards in higher end DSLR's
    Why do Canon Use CF card in DSLR
    Why do Sony use dual card ability in DSLR ? (MSDuo / CF)

    Seems to be something there don't you think
    well, i dono probably due to the high capacity requirement of those RAW files that "used" to be only available on dSLR and not PnS

    but heck, at the current price, most doesn't have that much trouble switching camps, $100 could easily get you 4GB or even higher

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    Quote Originally Posted by adricng View Post
    I am thinking of getting Olympus SP-560UZ , with uses a CF card. I like the function of the camera and it's within my budget for a semi pro camera. Howver, i am in a fixed cos i am currently using a compact camera. I am used to have SD card as i can use my usb SD card reader whereever i go. So, i am in between a semi pro camera and a compact camera.
    Olympus SP-560UZ uses xD-Picture Card.

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    I totally dislike CF cards esp with its many pins. My PC's CF card reader is damaged already, the pins are mis-aligned now.

    Somemore CFs are bigger in size than SDs.

    Just my CF ranting.

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    ... prob thats one reason i don't use a CF card reader... just plug the usb cable into my cam... dunno if its a better choice... but now reading on what u shared maybe thats a good choice

    But personally i still think CF has more "prospects" in terms of size its already bigger... thus more space to improve for future use... who know... maybe it might hit size like 1 tb? (how many micro sd chips can fit into 1 cf?)
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