New Camcorders Still Need the Best Blank Media

New Camcorders Still Need the Best Blank Media


The article is confusing b

karlberger's picture
The article is confusing because it has been shrunk too much. The tables have columns labelled SxS which is not explained anywhere. The pictures of "Patriot memory and Lexar media"do not illustrate anything in the text In summary the article is not useful!!

You all need to do more ho

You all need to do more homework here. For one, where's SDXC... that's the format most current devices support (along with SDHC and SD). The SDXC formal specs allow for cards up to 2TB in size, and it defines yet again faster speeds (the maximum read speed from a standard SDHC is limited by the interface to 25MB/s, while current SDXC specs allow for 104MB/s. Not a huge issue for basic camcorders, but higher end models, HDSLRs, etc. may benefit from faster writes. And you can always use a faster read out of your assets. And MMC... MultiMediaCard was nothing like a memory stick, and quite a bit like an SD card. In fact, it was exactly the same length and width as an SD card, a little thinner by spec (24321.4 mm vs. 24322.1 mm). SD was, in fact, designed as an upgrade of the MMC, and most SD devices can still read the original MMC card type. And yeah.. while the original MMC hasn't seen much action, it's not a completely dead spec. In fact, there are several other variations (not SD compatible), cards available up to 32GB in size, etc. The original justification for SD was a seldom used DRM feature, and, from the creator's viewpoint, some proprietary technology. The MMC remains a fully open and free specification, the main justification for some continued use, though very little visible in the US consumer market.

I've used most of these d

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I've used most of these devices, although 'Micro SD' is confined to the device holding maps in my GPS. Overall, I'd go for 'Compact Flash', and those who are seriously into gathering 'wild' audio, as I have to do at times, would tend to agree with me, I feel. Smaller, does not necessarily equate with 'better'. The only 'con' about 'CF' is the need to to insert and extract the device slowly and carefully from the camcorder, and if any resistance is felt which might indicate a bent pin, remove it again to check-it-out. However, I have had positive experiences too, from DV-Tape. I use the shot-logging process to 'top-and-tail' shots (like carrots), prior to committing to storage. I make all of my shots a bit over-length and trim off the first and last couple of seconds unless the material has been obtained very much 'on-the-fly'. That generally removes the unwanted noise picked up while your hands are still moving around the camcorder, checking the levelling-up of the tripod, etc. One point I would like to make, is that camcorders should not be shrunk around 'flash' devices simply to accommodate them. My JVC 'Everio' uses a removable CF flash-card or mini hard-drive optionally. Too much has been sacrificed in my view with this magnificent little performer to miniaturisation, which makes the camcorder too fragile for hard-use. Bear in mind too, that shots from a flash-device arrive pre-cut into ready-made clips. If the format is mpg2, or a variant of it, the definition is already compressed, and as good as it is going to get. That means, that it is destined for life on a DVD, and may not upscale, if needed, to a HD format. For those who feel they have moved 'beyond' mpg2, that might be a problem.