- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 23 g
- Item model number: STI-CF/256
- ASIN: B0000630TO
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 19 2009
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SimpleTech STI-CF/256 256 MB CompactFlash Card
- Allows you to take more images, listen to more MP3s, or store more files
- High speed flash card, sustained write speeds of 1.5MB per second (10X)
- Guaranteed compatible with thousands of digital cameras, MP3 players and handheld computers
- SimpleTech lifetime guarantee
- Highest quality assurance rating available - ISO9001 Certified
SimpleTech CompactFlash cards allow you to take more pictures with your digital camera, increase the power of your PDA, and enjoy more music with your MP3 player. Compact and lightweight, they easily go where you go. In addition, CompactFlash cards have no moving parts, making them more rugged and dependable than hard drives.
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I bought the card to increase my image storage space, and based on the reviews I have read here, hopefully increase the speed of my camera in use. I tested the card using the high-speed continuous shooting mode on my camera. With the image resolution at its highest and the jpeg compression at its lowest, I could get off 5 pictures (indoors, ISO 400, no flash) before the camera buffer had to write to the card. This was no different than the performance with my Sandisk card, as it is dependant on the camera's internal memory as I understand it. However, I needed only wait about a second until the camera was ready to shoot again, a noticeable improvement over the Sandisk card.
In my limited test, I also shot a 30 second movie at 320x240 resolution. Again, the Simpletech card performed well, and after the movie completed, I experienced a very short wait until I could shoot again. The write speed of the card seems up to the claims of the reviews.
I recommend this card for its price, capacity, and speed. I also recommend Amazon.com. This was my 3rd or 4th order from them and I have been impressed with their service each time.
I'll stick by the words below. You need to do your homework because some cameras don't work well with all cards, but if you've got a Canon, this baby works great.
After reading the reviews, I decided to see if someone had tested a variety of cards. I found a good review at Digital Photography Review. They tested various high-capacity cards (512 mb range) in various cameras.
Yes, the Simpletech is one of the slowest cards in a Nikon 995. It came in at less than half the speed of a Lexar 16x. On the Canon EOS 1D and D30 as well as read/write tests on a firewire (IEEE 1394) card reader, the SimpleTech card beat the Lexar 16x every time.
It's not easy to pick the best CF card for your particular camera because there aren't good established benchmarking standards and what works great in one camera can be a dog in another. But from what I've seen in terms of people testing the SimpleTech, though it doesn't work well with Nikon, it works great with a lot of other cameras.
I've ordered one and I'll update this review when my Canon A40 and Simpletech 256 come in. For now I'll give it 4 stars so as not to distinctly affect the rating in one direction or another.
Most CF cards test in at around 2000 Kb/s, some well known brands(SanDisk and Lexar) are at 800kb/s not 8000!!!! If you really want the truth, no card does well in Nikon's. They read at one bit, other cameras,Canon, Minolta etc read with 4 bits, are more advanced and produce superior results with both read and write speeds. The more advanced Camera's do make a difference. Check out independant reviews first, before you buy a camera or a card for your camera.
with PCMCIA adaptor on my Linux box:
SimpleTech 256MB: write 2749KB/s read 1135KB/s
Mr Flash 128MB: write 9703KB/s read 5065KB/s
Sandisk 64MB: write 8831KB/s read 2319KB/s
Lexar 16MB: write 15636KB/s read 2044KB/s
Don't buy it if you:
a) want to take multiple-shot pictures (like best picture mode
b) have high resolution high quality camera (storing 5Mp
TrueColor photo may take 6 seconds in uncompressed/raw mode!)
c) you want your pictures to transfer to your PC quickly and
you have USB2/PCMCIA/firewire CompactFlash reader.
d) you use slide adaptor in high resolution mode - files
then have 10MB and it takes 5s!!! to write them to this card