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Built for Speed

August 5, 2008 - Dave Hecei
When it comes to taking picture, there are times when speed matters. Many people start out with a digital point-and-shoot then come to find out that the photos they take are not what they thought. This is usually because there is usually a lag from when you press the shutter button and when the photo is actually taken. This has been improved, but a DSLR is still faster.

To make sure your DSLR is shooting as fast as possible you will need to use faster memory cards. Both CF (compact flash) and SD (secure digital) cards are available in different speeds. These speeds rate how fast data can be written to them. The faster the card, the faster the image is transferred to it and the next shot can take place.

All CF cards have a speed rating (usually marked right on the card but sometimes will only be on the packaging). Just a couple years ago a 40x CF card was thought to be fast. In the computer age we are in, speeds and sizes double rapidly. Today, a 266x CF card is a speed demon.

SD cards have been taking over the digital camera world. Even Fuji, who has used xD cards for many years has cameras using the cheaper SD cards. One of the reasons that camera makers like the SD card is the size and the speeds. New digital cameras and digital camcorders are now able to use the SDHC (secure digital high capacity). These cards are faster and can reach sizes up to, so far, 32GB.

Shooting digital means that you can shoot away. No longer do you have to process rolls and rolls of film to get those few good shots. With digital you just preview the photos in the camera and delete the bad ones. With a faster memory card, your camera can shoot a fast burst of photos allowing you to get that perfect moment in time.


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