By Ian Burley
27th September - 2001
Kingston Technology, the memory products specialist company, has announced the UK pricing and availability of its own-brand 512MB Compact Flash card.
Its capacity is good for over 300 1.5MB photos, or around 5 hours of MP3 music. Even if you are lucky enough to get Canonís new EOS-1D digital pro SLR and save 12MB RAW files, youíll get at least 40 of those on one 512MB card.
Kingstonís card is not the first 512MB CF card on the market and of course you can store up to 1GB using an IBM Microdrive CF Type II card. The plus points with cards like Kingstonís is that they donít experience Ďspin-upí delays exhibited by microdrives, are far less susceptible to physical shock damage and will work in practically all cameras that support Type I CF cards. On the other hand, Microdrives will only work on selected CF II slots that can deliver enough current to power these hungry device.
However, there remains one large disadvantage of large capacity 512MB CF cards and that is the initial cost. At £465 +VAT for the Kingston product, a 1GB microdrive can be bought for approaching half the dosh. But Kingston does include a 5 year warranty. Ah well, the choice is yours!
Kingston will be exhibiting at the Digital Camera Show (www.digitalcamerashow.co.uk) in November at ExCel Docklands, London.