Now that everything from a simple picture frame to a high end digital camera uses flash media, consumers have quickly found out that the low capacity media card that came free with, the electronic purchase is not going to keep up with&, everyone’s growing needs. The solution is simple; go out and buy a card that has more capacity! Before you go rushing off to the local store you should do your homework and figure out what capacity fits your budget and whether you would be better off with a high speed or a regular compact flash card.
In this article we are going to take a look both of Kingston’s Compact Flash solutions: the Standard and the Elite Pro series. Kingston has long marketed their Elite Pro cards as being ideally suited for imaging professionals and that they offer ultra fast transfer rates, which will allow for more efficient production workflow than ever before. We have taken over 8,000 photos on our standard Kingston compact flash card without ever having a problem, but with a recent camera upgrade we wanted to move to something with more storage capacity and faster speeds.
When Kingston introduced their 2GB and 4GB compact flash cards last month we knew it was time to upgrade and move into the Elite Pro series since we use flash media a ton in our daily lives. According to Kingston’s site, when this CF card is used in conjunction with a matching high-performance digital device we can expect write speeds of up to 5.2 MB per second and a read speed of up to 6.1 MB per second. Lets take a look and see if any differences can be seen between our “old” standard 1GB and the new Elite Pro 2GB CF cards.