I am going to purchase the D1x very soon and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for the storage end of the camera. Is the microdrive the way to go and if so I think I saw where the 1gb microdrive will work. OR, is the compact flash better.
In either case which brand should I be looking for? And if there are any suggestions for accessories please advise.
John K Clark
#1. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0bill jarvis Registered since 29th Mar 2002Fri 29-Mar-02 08:57 AM
I have used a microdrive but being a hard drive I found it very fragile and after little use it failed.
With the price of compact flash falling I would certainly stick with it.
I have a D1X and love it, you will not be disappointed.
#2. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0Kntfst Basic MemberFri 29-Mar-02 11:46 AM
MicroDrives one's manufactured by IBM are popular. Heard Omega (guessing at name) is reduced in price, omega still made by IBM.
Theres some high capacity ultra speed CF typeI cards. The Higher rate of file transfer is very noticable. Notice the speed during continous frames, clearing the buffer for more shots. CF TypeI is solid state, no moving parts, can take rougher (dropping) treatment, keep on ticking. Cost per mB of storage is higher$$ then Microdrives.
Digital Wallet has new model for portable HDD storage. Old models can be gotten at good prices. With a D1X, probably need an extra battery for the Digital wallet
In the field , with two cards and a digital wallet can keep taking thousands of pictures. Batteries become the limiting factor.
#3. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0
I just bought a D1x. I first bought a PNY Flash card 256mb from best buy. It works great! It even came with a card reader. I had ordered a 1 gig microdrive and received it yesterday. I had a shoot this afternoon and this was my first chance to use it in the field. I found it to be a little slower and its seems to be a big power hog! It even hung up on me once in the middle of shooting. I will be buying some more compact flash memory. The prices are falling so I would recommend going that way. The other thing is that compact flash is more stable, no moving parts. good luck...
#5. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0
As a general rule, Compact Flash cards will be quicker and more reliable than microdrives.
Rob Galbraith has an article on choosing a compact flash card for the D1x, and has started a Compact Flash Performance Database. Note that these articles are written from the point of view of a photojournalist, so performance, not price, is the prime concern.
#6. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0
I bought a D1X the week they were launched in the UK (June last year) and purchased an IBM 1gB microdrive at the same time. I was concerned with using a microdrive due to the my knowledge as to how the technology works (I am an IT professional) and how easily the head of the disc assembly can be forced onto the disc surface rendering it useless. However, it must be said, that having used it solidly for 9 months and shooting literally thousands of images, it has not let me down once. I hasten to add that I do not generally treat my equipment with kid gloves (which is why I chose Nikon equipment in the first place).
Having said that, I am a realist and I believe solid state compact flash cards are the way to go both for speed and more importantly, reliability.
I gather there are a few company's out there producing 1gB cards although the price is much higher than the microdrive (in the UK, where I live, you can expect to add about 50% onto US prices for the same item!!!)
To summarise, by choice, I would now go for CompactFlash cards and that will undoubtdly be my next purchase.
#7. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 6loubetti Registered since 05th Apr 2002Fri 05-Apr-02 06:26 PM
I'm VERY please with the IBM MicroDrives. I have 2 of the older 384s, which I got with my D1 two years ago, and have run thousands of images through them without issue. I will probably pick up a 1gb now, to supplement them, as I now have a D1x.
As to compact flash, yes, that too could be in my future, but with 3 MDs, I would probably only replace them with the flash cards as they fail (fail? eeks!)
#8. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 0
I bought the 340mb microdrive and ultimately also a 1GB. The 340 had intermittent problems and I lost a TON of shots before I figured out it was the Microdrive. BEWARE they are known to be flaky.
The 1gb drive works well. I always shoot raw files which are around 3.7 mb each. I can get about 245 pics at raw resolution on my D1 which is really nice. However, the 1GB drive is slow. When I shoot rapid shots, it only buffers I think 10? before it slows down to a crawl and takes 20-30 sec? to save each one before I can shoot again.
If the solid state memory cards come down in price, I would go with them because of reliability and SPEED.
#9. "RE: D1X" | In response to Reply # 8
Just one point to note from your comments, that the buffering is camera related as well as related to the write speed of the microdrives. As you may well realise, the microdrives work in the same way as 'conventional' disks used by mainframe computers (and PC's for that matter) in that the disc itself is rotating at very high speed and the writing arm or 'head assemble' is actually suspended above (but not touching) the surface of the disc. Hence, because of the physical nature of the assembly, (i.e. the disc has to spin and the head move across the radius of the disc) then the writing process will be slower compared to solid state devices like CF cards.
As I say though, the camera itself is resonsible for the buffering and will stop allowing photos to be taken as soon as it's internal buffer is full (which is then related to how quickly data can be written to the storage medium).
I notice you mention the D1. I use a D1X and the RAW format in that camera is 7.7.mB and so buffering occurs much sooner but in my case, as I do not indulge in sequence photography too often, it's quite acceptable.