What computer to easily process D800 files?

Started Jul 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Simon Garrett
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What camera do you have now?
In reply to hajagosb, Aug 1, 2013

What camera do you have now?  How many Mpixel?  Processing time needed is more or less linearly related to number of pixels in the image (for most operations).

The D800 is 36Mpixel.  If your current camera is 18Mpixel, you need a computer twice as fast (processor) to achieve the same processing times.  Disks twice as fast: maybe.

But also consider network.  If you back up over a network, forget wifi (54Mbit wifi gives a throughput of less than half that) and even 100Mbit Ethernet gets a bit slow.  You should consider upgrading your house routers/switches/bridges to 1G Ethernet (that's not expensive, and make sure you main and backup computers have 1G Ethernet adapters).

And you'll want to get a USB3 CF/SD card reader (also not expensive) and plug it in to a USB3 port (on most computers, even if they have USB3, only some of the ports are USB3).

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