Lexar Media Professional 16 GB CompactFlash (CF) Card - 1 Card/1 Pack (LCF16GCTBNA1000) -
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Can Your Card Keep Up?: A Lexar Professional 1000x 16 GB CompactFlash Card LCF16GCTBNA1000 Review
Oct 8, 2012
With fast shooting high mega pixel digital cameras, the CF card can be a major performance factor, especially now that many DSLR cameras include video capture. Why purchase a DSLR camera and use a slow CF card? I'd rather take advantage of a high performance CF card than become frustrated with shutter slowdowns and time consuming image transfers. Is the Lexar Professional 1000x CF card a good match for my Canon EOS 7D?
The Lexar Professional 1000x CF cards use UDMA 7 (Ultra Direct Mode Access 7) technology to read at 150 mb/sec, write at 145 mb/sec, and has a maximum transfer rate of up to 167MB/sec. These fast read/write speeds are desirable with large image files, especially when there are many. Plus cameras typically use buffer memory to hold images while writing to the card during continuous shots. At some point, if the card cannot write fast enough, the camera will stop shooting until the buffer clears enough room for more images.
Shooting L-Raw + L-jpg, I was able to take 84 consecutive shots before the camera buffer started filling up with the Lexar Professional 1000x CF card. Doing the same test on my older SanDisk Ultra II CF card, I was able to shoot 13 shots, Then on my SanDisk Ultra IV CF card, I was able to shoot 44 consecutive shots. The Lexar Professional 1000x CF card also supports shooting in VPG-20 for professional quality video. "This means the card's been tested and guaranteed for professional video capture streams at up to 20MB/s", enabling 1080p full-HD and 3D video capture at high frame rates and no dropped frames when used with a compatible camera. For those shooting consecutive shots or movies, clearly the speed of the Lexar Professional 1000x CF card makes a difference.
Although there are currently a limited number of cameras on the market which can take advantage of the UDMA 7's speed. Only Canon EOS cameras are listed as compatible on Lexar's support webpage, plus according to Nikon so is the D4 and D800. While my Canon EOS 7D when upgraded to firmware 2.0.X is compatible, I can only achieve UDMA 6 equivalent speeds.
Professional level CF cards commonly include data recovery software. Lexar's Professional 1000x CF card line includes the latest version of their award-winning Lexar Image Rescue® software. This software package provides recovery of most photo and video files, even when they've been erased or the CF card has been corrupted.
Using the Image Rescue4 is pretty simple. First download the software, which could be purchased separately, from Lexar's imagerescue4 web page and install. Use the supplied code to unlock the software, then open to use. A small screen appears giving several options including Open to browse, "Erase Card", "Format Card", and "Start Scan" to find and recover lost files. The software is intuitive, and recovering files seems to be time consuming but effortless.
The Lexar Professional 1000x CF memory card is designed to withstand tough conditions. Due to a high impact rating, this card is tough enough to endure significant drops, vibrations, and impacts. For example; if you were to accidentally drop the Lexar Professional 1000x CF card and it hit the floor and bounced a few times before settling on the ground, this card is rated to sustain the fall without any damage. Lexar has an interesting video on YouTube titled "Lexar: How We Test" to show what this CF card can withstand. Additionally, the Lexar Professional 1000x CF memory card can operate in extreme temperatures ranging from -20°C (-4°F) to 85° C (185° F).
People generally want to know how many images a card will hold. This is a difficult question to answer and greatly depends on both the card and the camera it is used in. The number of images this CF card will hold on my Canon 7D also depends on the settings used. Let me provide a few settings and image counts for an idea of what this card holds.
Worried about reliability? The Professional line is backed with a lifetime limited warranty within the US as long as owned by the original purchaser. The warranty ensures the Lexar Professional 1000x CF card is free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use.
For my needs, my 2GB CF card is slow and too small. I prefer using my two 4GB CF cards instead, but have considered purchasing faster 8GB CF cards. I'm so impressed with the Lexar Professional 1000x 16GB CF card, I'll consider buying a second to replace the three cards I currently use. I doubt I would need 32GB for any one outing since I don't shoot a lot of video, however I like having two cards so I can pass one off for downloading while I continue shooting images with the other. Plus faster transfer speeds saves processing time. Lexar's Professional 1000x CF cards are definitely fast and worthy of consideration.
PROS: Reliable Fast read/write Impact resistant Low power consumption Backed by a limited lifetime warranty Free, dedicated customer support line Supports VPG-20 video capture Also available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.
CONS: UDMA 7 capable devices are limited
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