which card for a XZ-2 ?

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David92
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which card for a XZ-2 ?
Apr 21, 2013

Hi

I have just bought an oly XZ-2. I currently use a fairly old 16 Gb class 6 SD card.

I shoot raw and I have noticed that the buffer takes several seconds to empty.

What card do I need to buy ? Will any class 10 card enough ? I know the throughput can be very different (even for class 10) but I'm not sure it will make any different with this camera.

Thanks a lot,

David

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In reply to David92, Apr 21, 2013

David92 wrote:

Hi

I have just bought an oly XZ-2. I currently use a fairly old 16 Gb class 6 SD card.

I shoot raw and I have noticed that the buffer takes several seconds to empty.

What card do I need to buy ? Will any class 10 card enough ? I know the throughput can be very different (even for class 10) but I'm not sure it will make any different with this camera.

This question applies to all recent cameras with BSI CMOS sensors and fast processors to match, particularly if you also do video.

Generally, the write speed is determined by BOTH the camera and the card.

I have two Sandisk Extreme SDHC cards. One claims 20 MB/s, the other claims 45 MB/s Class 10. I also have a Lexar PLATINUM II SDHC Class 10 card.

My SZ-30MR does not have RAW, but I do a lot of HD720p video, so both write speed and download times do matter to me.

With prices on SDHC cards having halved between 2011 and 2013, I am going invariably for the fastest I can get, precisely because the card is still a substantial proportion of the cost of the camera ownership. None of my SD type cards have died on me, so they are a one-time purchase.

As to reliably, my Lexar card seemed to hiccup when first put to use. I did a long format in the laptop, after which the camera was happy with it. The Sandisk cards never give me any trouble.

All my three cards are 16 Mega Bytes. Normally I need just one for any occasion, but every year I take part in a week of (Morris) dancing, where I typically fill two cards and a half.

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In reply to David92, Apr 22, 2013

I bought this one for 35$, and it seems to work fine.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q3C98S/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The Extreme products are one step down from the fastest Sandisk makes (Extreme Pro).  Even if you're not buying Sandisk, it can be helpful to look at their product line for cameras.  (Hint: check the box under the level of card to see all the products for that level).

http://www.sandisk.com/products/memory-cards/sd/

It would be easier to choose a card if Olympus put the maximum transfer rate that the camera can actually DO into their specifications.  I don't see it there.

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In reply to David92, Apr 22, 2013

Try an UHS-I compatible card (Ultra High Speed one) like the SanDisk Ultra SDHC 16GB Class 10 card (about 16EUR in Germany).

The marking on the package is 'SDHC I' for short.

The XZ-2 and XZ-10 are UHS-I compatible - it's worth trying this feature!

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In reply to David92, Apr 22, 2013

Thank you all,

I finaly bought a Sandisk Extreme 16 Gb (45 Mb/s, SDHC-I))

Compared to my old card (class 6 !), it is night and day !

I would say the combination XZ-2 + memory card is capable of a throughput between 25 and 30 Mb / s.

I measured a burst of 17 pictures (18 Mb each (RAW only) in 11 seconds (more or less), including camera buffer clearing.

I don't know if the limiting factor is the card or the camera but this is enough for my needs. A higher-end card is twice the price ... No need for me, I prefer having twice the storage capacity.

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In reply to Novicia, Apr 22, 2013

Thanks

I chose the same model (see my other post)

I agree with you : an indication of the transfert rate in the documentation would help.

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