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CF/SD Performance Database Archive - Continued

November 8, 2004: The D60 section of the database is no longer being updated, as we no longer have access to this camera.

Several D60 design decisions mean that this camera will benefit from the fastest possible CompactFlash card.

  • First, The D60 is not able to shoot and write simultaneously. Therefore, if you hit the buffer limit when shooting an extended sequence, as often as not you'll need to wait for the camera to finish processing or writing one photo before continuing.

  • Second, the camera's relatively small 8 frame buffer, regardless of file format, means that it's possible to bump up against the buffer limit in some shooting situations.

  • Third, the D60 doesn't permit the reviewing of photos until the buffer is completely emptied to the card.

CompactFlash Write Speed - Canon EOS D60 (Firmware Version 1.0.4)

The data in the table below was derived by timing how long it took the D60 to write out 8 Large Fine JPEG and 8 RAW .CRW photos to the card. Timing commenced when the camera's card status light illuminated, and stopped when the light went out. Each test cycle was performed 3 times (if the card's capacity allowed for that) to ensure accurate results.

Note: Because the D60 isn't capable of writing to cards that have been FAT32-formatted, only cards whose capacity is 2GB or less have been tested in this camera.

Card-to-card speed variation within the same brand and model, photographing scenes of varying detail and at different ISO settings - these and other factors may slightly alter write speed performance. As a result, write speed differences of 5% or less from card to card in the table below should be considered insignificant. If one card's write speed is within 5% of another's, the two cards are likely to offer effectively the same performance in the real world. Similarly, it's unlikely that most photographers would notice a difference between the fastest card and one that was up to 10% slower.

The results are arranged in the table from fastest to slowest (based on JPEG write speed). The top 10% (based on JPEG write speed) are marked in blue.

Brand and Model
(Card Identifier)1
Key Components Source2
Card
Type3
Date Added or Updated
Write Speed -
Large Fine JPEG4
Write Speed -
Raw .CRW4
Lexar 2GB 80X Write Acceleration *second edition*10
(Edge stamp: 39132GBAI3904A4B6)
Lexar I 2004/11/8 1.744MB/sec 1.623MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme III 2GB
(Edge stamp: BE04091F USA)
Sandisk I 2004/11/8 1.737MB/sec 1.625MB/sec
Lexar 1GB 80X Write Acceleration *second edition*10
(Edge stamp: 39121GBBB4304A4B6)
Lexar I 2004/11/8 1.729MB/sec 1.620MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme III 1GB Sandisk I
2004/11/8
1.727MB/sec 1.625MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme 2GB Sandisk I 2004/3/22 1.707MB/sec 1.605MB/sec
Sandisk Ultra II 2GB Sandisk I 2004/3/22 1.702MB/sec 1.605MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 2GB
(Label: CFLS1VM1-02G)
Samsung I 2004/11/8 1.694MB/sec 1.599MB/sec
Kingston Elite Pro 2GB
(Edge stamp: 4DC02G1MY1-2LA00)
Samsung I
2004/11/8
1.691MB/sec 1.589MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme 1GB
(Edge stamp: BB0307VZ CHINA)
Sandisk
I
2003/8/28
1.676MB/sec
1.586MB/sec
Sandisk Ultra II 1GB
(Edge stamp: BB0306VZ CHINA)
Sandisk
I
2003/8/28
1.665MB/sec
1.580MB/sec
Kingston Elite Pro 1024MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF1G02CA)
Toshiba (SLC)5 I 2004/7/29 1.643MB/sec 1.588MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 1GB
(Label: CFLS1VM1-01G)
Samsung I 2004/11/8 1.635MB/sec 1.539MB/sec
ATP 1GB
(45X label on packaging; edge stamp: 2GC01G1MY1-2LA00)
Samsung I 2004/11/8 1.635MB/sec 1.529MB/sec
Microtech (Pexagon) X-treme 1GB
(Edge stamp: THNCF1G02CA)
Toshiba (SLC)5 I 2004/3/22 1.633MB/sec 1.590MB/sec
Kingston Elite Pro 512MB
(Edge stamp: 1GC5121MY0-2EA00)
Samsung I 2004/7/29 1.630MB/sec 1.531MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme 512MB
(Edge stamp: AX0310WJA CHINA)
Sandisk I 2004/3/22 1.629MB/sec 1.534MB/sec
Sandisk Ultra II 512MB
(Edge stamp: AX0308VZ CHINA)
Sandisk I 2004/3/22 1.629MB/sec 1.531MB/sec
Ritek/Ridata 52X/PRO. 2GB
(Edge stamp: U3F06116)
unknown8
I
2004/3/22
1.612MB/sec
1.507MB/sec
Lexar 1GB 40X Write Acceleration
*new and improved*
9
Lexar
I
2004/3/22
1.604MB/sec
1.573MB/sec
Lexar 1GB 80X Write Acceleration *first edition*10
Lexar
I
2004/7/29
1.604MB/sec
1.562MB/sec
Microtech (Pexagon) X-treme 512MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF512MCA)
Toshiba (SLC)5
I
2004/3/22
1.596MB/sec
1.551MB/sec
Sandisk "new" Ultra 1GB
(Edge stamp: BB0303TV CHINA)
Sandisk
I
2003/7/14
1.595MB/sec
1.562MB/sec
Lexar 1GB 40X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38; WA on front label)
Lexar
I
2003/8/28
1.592MB/sec
1.545MB/sec
Transcend 1GB 45X
(45X on front label)
Transcend
I
2003/8/28
1.586MB/sec
1.509MB/sec
Ritek/Ridata 52X/PRO. 1GB
(Edge stamp: S4N88116)
unknown8 I 2004/3/22 1.585MB/sec 1.485MB/sec
Sandisk "new" Ultra 512MB
(Edge stamp: AX0303TV CHINA)
Sandisk
I
2003/7/14
1.580MB/sec
1.510MB/sec
Lexar 1GB 32X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38)
Lexar
I
2003/4/1
1.566MB/sec
1.519MB/sec
Lexar 2GB 40X Write Acceleration
Lexar
I
2003/7/14
1.562MB/sec
1.474MB/sec
Lexar 512MB 40X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38)
Lexar
I
2003/4/1
1.541MB/sec
1.489MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 640MB
(Label: CFPRO-640D)
For Delkin6
I
2003/2/25
1.533MB/sec
1.476MB/sec
Lexar 512MB 24X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38; WA on front label)
Lexar
I
2003/2/25
1.531MB/sec
1.462MB/sec
Core Micro 1GB
(Edge stamp: 72688 KTN3 1GCP 0313 QC:5F)
Transcend
I
2003/7/14
1.527MB/sec
1.408MB/sec
Lexar 512MB 24X
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38)
Lexar
I
2002/10/28
1.521MB/sec
1.451MB/sec
Transcend 512MB
(30X label on packaging)
Transcend
I
2003/2/25
1.513MB/sec
1.392MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 512MB
(Label: CFPRO-512D)
For Delkin6
I
2003/2/25
1.508MB/sec
1.382MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 320MB
(Label: CFPRO-320C)
For Delkin6
I
2003/2/25
1.492MB/sec
1.373MB/sec
Sandisk "original" Ultra 512MB
(Edge stamp: AX0211RX CHINA)
Sandisk
I
2003/2/25
1.479MB/sec
1.357MB/sec
SimpleTech PRO X 1GB
(Internal: STI/FLASH 1T)
SST
II
2003/4/1
1.479MB/sec
1.346MB/sec
Delkin Devices 512MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF512MAA)
Toshiba (SLC)5
I
2002/3/26
1.465MB/sec
1.373MB/sec
Microtech 512MB
(Internal: TOSHIBA THNCF512MAA)
Toshiba (SLC)5
I
2002/3/26
1.464MB/sec
1.383MB/sec
Ritek/Ridata 512MB
unknown8
I
2002/3/26
1.454MB/sec
1.400MB/sec
SimpleTech PRO X 512MB
(Internal: STI/FLASH 1T)
SST
I
2003/4/1
1.438MB/sec
1.321MB/sec
Lexar 256MB 24X
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38)
Lexar
I
2002/10/28
1.437MB/sec
1.356MB/sec
Transcend 256MB
(30X label on packaging)
Transcend
I
2003/2/25
1.433MB/sec
1.313MB/sec
Lexar 256MB 24X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38; WA on front label)
Lexar
I
2003/2/25
1.417MB/sec
1.341MB/sec
Delkin Devices 256MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF256MAA)
Toshiba (SLC)5
I
2002/3/26
1.414MB/sec
1.313MB/sec
Delkin Devices PRO 256MB
(Label: CFPRO-256C)
For Delkin6
I
2003/2/25
1.405MB/sec
1.286MB/sec
Transcend 256MB
(25X label on packaging)
Transcend
I
2002/3/26
1.397MB/sec
1.329MB/sec
Ritek/Ridata 256MB
unknown8
I
2002/3/26
1.397MB/sec
1.324MB/sec
Microtech 256MB
(Internal: TOSHIBA THNCF256MAA)
Toshiba (SLC)5
I
2002/3/26
1.396MB/sec
1.297MB/sec
SimpleTech 1GB
(Internal: STI/Flash 5.1.0)
Hitachi
II
2002/10/28
1.384MB/sec
1.324MB/sec
SimpleTech 512MB
(Internal: STI/Flash 5.1.0)
Hitachi
I
2002/10/28
1.363MB/sec
1.323MB/sec
Pretec 512MB
(Label: P/N: ACH512-P)
undisclosed7
I
2003/2/25
1.342MB/sec
1.298MB/sec
Apacer Steno Pro 256MB
(Edge stamp: 83.29040.410 2002401-00006)
SST
I
2002/3/26
1.292MB/sec
1.248MB/sec
SimpleTech 256MB
(Internal: STI/Flash 5.1.0)
Hitachi
I
2002/10/28
1.277MB/sec
1.243MB/sec
Lexar 256MB 12X
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 37)
Lexar
I
2002/3/26
1.261MB/sec
1.203MB/sec
Pretec 1GB
(Label: P/N: CFP01G)
Pretec
I
2003/2/25
1.229MB/sec
1.186MB/sec
Sandisk "original" Ultra 256MB
(Edge stamp: ARO110MQ USA)
Sandisk
I
2002/3/26
1.200MB/sec
1.149MB/sec
Lexar 256MB 4X
Lexar
I
2003/2/25
1.189MB/sec
1.113MB/sec
Viking 512MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF512MMA)
Toshiba (MLC)5 I 2004/3/22 1.180MB/sec 1.083MB/sec
PNY 512MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF512MMG (TOOCK))
Toshiba (MLC)5 I
2004/11/8
1.175MB/sec 1.162MB/sec
Kingston Memory 1024MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF1G02MA)
Toshiba (MLC)5
I
2002/10/28
1.169MB/sec
1.160MB/sec
Hitachi Microdrive 1GB
Hitachi
II
2002/3/26
1.106MB/sec
1.059MB/sec
Kingston Memory 512MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF512MMA)
Toshiba (MLC)5
I
2002/10/28
1.092MB/sec
1.066MB/sec
Lexar 160MB 10X
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 35)
Lexar
I
2002/3/26
1.080MB/sec
1.073MB/sec
Think Perfect Pix 320MB
(Label: USA DEM LX-FLASH 320MB)
Lexar
I
2002/3/26
1.064MB/sec
1.025MB/sec
Kingston Memory 256MB
(Edge stamp: THNCF256MMA)
Toshiba (MLC)5
I
2002/10/28
1.014MB/sec
1.016MB/sec
Sandisk Standard 1GB
(Edge stamp: BB0205NK CHINA)
Sandisk I 2004/3/22 827K/sec 832K/sec
Sandisk "standard" 512MB
Sandisk
I
2002/3/26
793K/sec
762K/sec
(1) To help determine whether the card you purchase is substantially similar to the one tested, the card's description includes an identifier - series number, internal name or other unique value - where possible and applicable. See How can I be sure the card I buy is the same as the one tested in this report? for information on interpreting the card identifier. With CompactFlash cards from companies that source components from other manufacturers, it's particularly important to compare the identifier noted here with the card you might select.
(2) Many companies sell CompactFlash media; relatively few actually design and manufacture the key internal components, including the controller and flash memory. This column lists the manufacturer of the controller.
(3) Type I CompactFlash cards are 3.3mm in thickness; Type II, 5.0mm.
(4) K/sec = Kilobytes per second (1 kilobyte = 1024 bytes); MB/sec = Megabytes per second (1 megabyte = 1024 kilobytes).
(5) Companies that source CompactFlash cards from Toshiba may opt for either the faster binary-type (often called single level cell, or SLC) or slower (but less expensive to manufacture) multi level cell (MLC) architecture. Kingston's standard orange-labeled line uses Toshiba MLC; the Elite Pro line uses either Toshiba SLC or Samsung.
(6) Delkin has not revealed the design and manufacturing partner for their PRO line of CompactFlash cards up to 640MB; above that capacity, the cards we tested were sourced from Samsung.
(7) Pretec has not disclosed the source of the controller in the Pretec 512MB card tested.
(8) These cards contain controllers from an unknown manufacturer, likely of Taiwanese origin.
(9) This card, which began to ship in mid-March 2004, contains faster memory than the original 40X card. Lexar has revamped their entire 40X Pro Series lineup, from 256MB to 4GB, with the faster memory, though we've only tested the 1GB model. The packaging for the revamped 40X doesn't indicate that the card inside is different from an original 40X, though the card itself does: if the series number stamped on the card's edge ends in C977, it's a revamped 40X.
(10) Lexar began shipping their 80X line of cards in late June 2004. The card marked *first edition* in the table is a production model representative of the 80X lineup that began shipping at that time. In October 2004, Lexar began to ship a revised version of their 80X cards, which we've dubbed *second edition* here. As of this writing, the first edition and second edition cards are identical in appearance and sold in the same retail packaging. Only the last four digits of the edge stamp differentiate first edition from second edition. If the last four digits are A4B6, it's almost certainly a second edition 80X CompactFlash card. Please see this article for more information on the status of Lexar 80X second edition cards.
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