Flash card speeds part 2

Dimage 5 flash card times  and problem reports for RAW file save.

16MB cards --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lexar 8x - corrupted images                                                              Tim A.

Lexar 8x firmware A2V055u,A201                               12.5 sec         Sherman H.

Sandisk  (Supplied)                                                      24 sec           Robert W.

64MB cards --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hama                                                                         13                   Franz S.

Kingston "high speed"                                                  11 sec            Oliver L.

Kingston CF64-R Firmware A2V055u                           10.6              Sherman H.

Sandisk                                                                      15 sec             Oliver L.

Sandisk                                                                      25 sec             Torsten G.

Sandisk                                                                        15.3              Tomasz L.

128MB cards -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ANMO from Sterlingtek - corrupted images.                  18 seconds        Tim A

Butterfly Compact Flash Card ...almost all images are distorted              Marc D.

Sandisk                                                                      18.2                 Wilhelm F.

Sandisk                                                                      18                   Norbert

Sandisk "Ultra"                                                            12                  Norbert

256MB cards -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ExtreMemory  (this card later failed)                           15                    Olaf A.

ExtreMemory (replacement card is OK)                       11                    Olaf A.

Kingston CF/256                                                        9.6                  Sherman H.

Kingston                                                                     9.4                 Tomasz L.

Microdrives ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

IBM 340MB                                                              19.7                Robert W.

IBM 1GB                                                                  12                    Mack

Problem reports---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dane-Elec 256MB I have a Dimage 5 and had 2 Dane-Elec 256 Mb CF's that initially seemed to work, but both died during my recent trip to the F1 in Barcelona. I had a problem earlier with one of the cards, but upon testing it seemed to be caused by the batteries. I tested both cards extensively by filling them with photo's with the interval setting and had a problem for only 1 time with only 1 photo on 1 card. Even used 1 card for 3 weeks in my icroBoss MP3 player with no problems, only had a problem filling it with mp3's 1 time in my usb card reader/writer). As i arrived in Barcelona the first card died after 20-30 shots and upon inserting the other it didn't work at all after the 1st shot. Even after formatting in my laptop they didn't work anymore (1 card didn't work at all: card error with 1st shot and hangs pc when trying to copy something, other card keeps giving card error after 20-30 shots and also hangs pc while copying data to it). Luckily i had a 128 Mb from Dane-Elec (DA-COMFLASH-128Mb / C1 128 8-AA A SA 1.01 / >;3090111742)  that did work fine (and still does). - Peter V.

HAMA 256MB cards Tried two different HAMA Compact Flash 256 cards for my new Dimage 5 and both resulted in jumbled images when viewed in large format (on computer, zoomed in on thumbnail or printed).  The thumbnail views seemed fine (thus, deceptive). Minolta in Switzerland confirmed that the Dimage 5 had compatibility issues with HAMA cards. - Hollace L.


S304 times and reports (Super Fine TIFF timings, no RAW mode)

16 MB card (provided) -------------------------------------------------------------------

Sandisk                                            38.3                               Ulrich M.

Lexar "8x"                                       22                                   David B.

64MB cards---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I/O data 64MB PN CFS-64M             42                                   David B.

PQI      PN FC-064 - 2001                  64                                  David B.

128 MB cards ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PQI 128MB P/N FC128, also labelled 5Q12A with minolta Dimage S304, seems OK until you try to review the shots, only last two are viewable, others totally scrambled.  usb link to PC, PC says - unformatted disk. - Mark S.

Ridata                                               21.1                                Ulrich M.

Simpletech                                         32                                  David B.

Viking                                               20.8                                Ulrich M.

256MB cards ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PQI "Camera doesn't write images (or files) correctly.Can't format Flash Card." Mark H.

Ridata "20x" 2002                              17                                 David B.

Reported Problems with flash cards in the D7. (Older non upgraded D7 only.  D7i and D7UG problem reports are in the D7i  and D7UG speed tables themselves)

The following cards listed below are reported by users to NOT work in the D7. These are reports e-mailed to me by users and unless noted I have not tested these cards myself. Keep in mind that versions of these cards with different firmware or controllers might exist that work fine, or the user may just have had a bad card. If you have one of these cards and it DOES work, let me know.

Each entry represents one report. I don't know why there seem to be so many incompatible cards!

I have started to note now where the firmware version is known. If not shown, it is probably the older firmware.

Apacer 64 MB Compact flash, P/N 27040.0650, M/N AP-CF06411 From "dh" he also notes that "Acer memory products, Korean cards, now widely distributed through places like Costco, etc." -"dh"

Apacer 128MB, "Total Memory Solutions"
 P/N: 81.28040.050 M/N: AP-CF12811  200120100046 I took one picture at the shop and everything was fine. When I got home I deleted the picture and took six new ones in RAW mode in order to measure the write speed. The average write time was 37.9 s (note: I didn't format the card between the shots). When I switched to play mode in order to delete the pictures, the card died. I can't even format it -Marko B.

Apacer 128MB "No card." Well, I tried another Apacer 128 MB card -Marko B.

Apacer 128MB Tested 2 cards, neither worked.                  -Bo E.

Apacer 128MB Camera would not recognize card. -Ottar J.

Apacer 128MB (firmware 121) This Card failed after some pictures. With new firmware in the D7 it seemed to work well. But that was for short time. After taking 24 images everything seemed to be OK. But after turning on the camera for some more shooting, The card became corrupted, all images got lost. - Jake

Apacer 256MB the 256 is seldom recognized and looses its data if it works. I got it from Flashmemory4us, its P/N :81.29040.060 M/N: AP-CF25611. -Wayne R.

Compaq 64MB Not recognized by camera - Andy G.

Casio 8MB Card error - Andy G.

Dane Elec 128MB. The camera refused to format this card -Marko B. (note one report that this card works)

Dane Elec 128MB Camera would not format this card. -Anders K.

Dane Elec 128MB Camera reads 999 shots and will not format card -Bruce F.

Dane Elec 128MB 128 MB old generations (no formatted) no recognized either 999 possible photos.  New 128 MB or 128 MB formatted with a USB reader and a PC or a MAC no problem. - Stephane

Dane Elec 128MB -- Purchased January 9, 2002. (Firmware 121) Worked fine for a couple of runs, but then died. Is completely unrecognized by the D7, and now also refuses to work in USB reader. (Have two 64MB Dane Elec's that seem to be working OK so far, so perhaps it is just the 128MB card).

Dane Elec  128MB Camera reads 999 shots and will not format card -Earnst v.

Dane Elec 256MB. Camera does not recognise the card. -Duane (note one report that this card does work, check the version #s and please report if you have one of these cards)

Dane Elec 256MB - (See note 5 above) This card has now died. (And it took my Thanksgiving pictures with it!) Prior to it dying, the camera showed some strange behavior. It would shut off as if the batteries were dead. It did this after a shot was taken. In general, the shots taken when this happened were lost, but some were viewable in camera until I got home. By the time I got home and tried to read the CF, it was not responding to anything. Not to my CF reader, not to the D7, nor to my Canon S 300 or my wife's Kodak DC 4800. (was my camera until the D7 arrived.)

He later writes... I contacted Dane-Elec on the failed card. They referred me back to the company who sold me the card in the first place. I RMAed the Dane-Elec card through them. The replacement arrived today. It is an AWL 256 MB card. (I'm glad, I'm not sure I could have trusted another Dane-Elec card.) This card also is faster than the Dane-Elec. It clocks in at 22 seconds. - Stephen B.

Dane Elec 320MB. Ordered a Dane Elec 320M CF card from Memory Suppliers who swear up and down and guarantee the card is compatible with the DIMAGE 7.  When it arrived the camera refused to have anything to do with the CF card.  I formatted the card in my USB reader and still nodice.  Card works fine in every other CF device. <shrug>  They still swear the card is compatible and are shipping me a new CF card. Later Nathan added...well good news... I got a new one that DOES work!! I formatted the card and did a test writing  a raw image:  28.1 sec - Nathan E.

Dane Elec 320 MB My first Dane-Elec 320MB card self destructed after many garbled pictures and annoying CARD ERRORs. Dane-Elec replaced it. Fewer than 100 pictures (2 garbled) later, another CARD ERROR. Note this is not related to new firware. The first set of problems occurred with the OLD firmware. As others have indicated, Dane-elec swears their card is compatible. By comparison, I have shot more than 1000 frames on my RiData 256M card with absolutely no problem. - James U.

Delkin 64MB "EFilm" - Totally will not work. -Teresa S.

ExtreMeMory CF 128MB - I tried to use an ExtreMeMory CF-128MB card in my new Minolta D7 because it was mentioned in your list. It worked for some pictures (full size, standard compression) but changing from recording to play all stored pictures often gets distorted. The upper quarter was normal,
but the lower three quarter of the picture were displaced horizontally or have a red (or other) colour superimposed. This behaviour was reproducible. I could download those pictures by inserting the CF-card into my PCMCIA slot, but could not open the distorted images. - Rolf B.

ExtreMemory CF 128 MB - I experienced the same problem with this Memory Card as it is written on your page. Every picture I took using standard compresssion gets distorted when switching from record to play mode. This does not happen to pictures in raw or super fine mode. It is not possible to open these pictures on the PC. If you ever wanted to produce some funny looking video clip, try recording one with this memory card. You will get psychedelic colors and jumping pictures. My external card reader from "hama" can read and write this card with no problems. -Christian H.

Hama 128MB (Firmware 121) - First card no error during write but data unreadable. A replacement card was OK. - Pavel H.

Kingston 128MB 9902366-001.A00 634061. Camera reads 999 shots and card not recognised. (Note that another revision of Kingston card did work OK) -Ekki

Memorex 128MB works about 50% of the time in my Dimage 7. 39 seconds when it does work. -Salman A.

Microtech 64MB "digital flash film" 2 cards, neither worked. Marked "0400" Both worked on the Coolpix 990.  -Jim B.

Mustang 128MB (Firmware 021) I tried DIMAGE 7 with MUSTANG 128 MB - sometimes it works for a few  pictures, afterwards shows 999 pictures, all info lost. Often this happens at once (999 Pictures -> no format possible) - Sascha B.

Mr. Flash 256 MB I had a Mr. Flash 256MB CF card. I used it in my HP Jornada pocket PC, and HP C500 digital camera without problem. However, when I tried it in my D7, I always got corrupt images. I notice others have used this card in D7 successfully. I don't know why mine isn't work. The card has been formated in a card reader before. I did tried format it with D7, but it didn't make any difference. - Yongsheng L.

Mr Flash 256MB I had problems with my 256MB Mr. Flash card as well.  On the first day of my recent (one week) trip to California, I discovered that about 30 of my images were corrupted. No data could be reliably written and retrieved from the card. I replaced it after I returned and the replacement is working fine. - Max L.

Mr Flash 128 MB (6Q11F) worked fine in my coolpix  900. D7 does not complain, but images are saved corrupt. DIVU will not load  them. Images apear banded and garbled. Formating with the D7 does not cure the problem. I have several Lexar and Sandisk cards  that all work fine. - "Gary"

Mr Flash (128MB?) I bought two of the Mr. Flash cards from newegg and returned both of them. They both worked when first inserted into the camera, but the pictures were corrupted when I transfered them to my PC. I tried reformatting them in the camera and they could not be used after that. -Darrin

Mr Flash (128MB) (Firmware 121) After the firmware update (from 021), my 2 slow 128MB Mr. Flash cards have a corruption problem. I can take a series of pictures then put the I camera into playback mode and look through my pics and  everything seems fine. If I turn the camera off and then back on into play mode all of the images are scrabmled/mangled basically corrupt.  My 2 fast Mr. Flash cards still work fine. The guy that e-mailed me has called minolta and they told him that  they do not support Mr. Flash cards. He then asked for a supervisor but got voicemail instead. - Phillip C.

Mr Flash (128MB) 6Q11G (firmware 121). Although this card worked OK (but slow) with version 021 firmware, it no longer works in the camera. The camera will format the card, and take pictures, but the resulting pictures are corrupted in both play mode and when reading in a PCMCIA adapter in a laptop. -Bryan B.

Mr Flash (128MB) 6Q11E (firmware 121) Fails with corrupt file problem - Dan H

Mr. Flash 128MB (FC128) 4710765063078 6Q11G (Firmware 121) 45.3 seconds new: 25.9 seconds, but can't be used, half of pictures are corrupted, sometimes can't format etc. - Matti H.

Mr Flash CompactFlash Card 256mb P/N FC256 CF 5Q31L (Firmware 121) This compact flash card garbles the images.  I can only get the last picture taken to actually turn out.. all the rest look  screwed up or it will make the picture really really small with black filling  the rest of the picture.   Very odd.  But the 64 meg card that I have  (Mr. Flash also) works just fine??

Mr Flash 512MB (Firmware 121) Received a Mr. Flash 512 MB P/N: FC512.  Worked fine in my notebook and the camera would display pictures I wrote to the card from the notebook.  The camera would NOT write new pictures to the card. Tried formatting in camera and in notebook (FAT16)...neither worked.

HAMA card 128 MB works only sometimes with my D7. Not possible to store a RAW (red flash always on), or when it looks OK, not readable by the viewer utility. Even in jpeg, the writing sometimes is not performed.

Integral 128MB Red light stays on and camera freezes. Card works OK in other cameras. -Riaan J.

OEM 32 MB From "Saturn". 2205137  BF7-EDCFC1032. Camera does not recognise card. -Roland P.

PQI 128MB From Hannes. He writes... "Unfortunally I bought two 128MB PQI cards a few days ago (reasonable price...;-)  ). Both cards are apparently unusable for this camera, at least for my camera. The problem is: As long as the camera is  switched on all seem to be ok. When I change to replay, the pics are replayed correctly. Although, when I switch the camera off and again on, all stored pictures are damaged (partly over-exposured, blurred, stripes in it). When I put those cards in my parallel cf-reader, some of the files show strange names (e.g. the number is 0505 instead of 0005), some are unable to be copied (PC reports "no disk space"), and those pics I am able to copy look different than in my camera display but are damaged nevertheless. Once again, the 16MB SanDisk works fine like it should. When I use those PQIs, there is no error message from the camera, the cards can be formatted."

PQI 128MB. From Johan He writes "I bought a PQI 128 MB card that out of the box didn't work. I have tried to format it in the camera but it didnt help. The pics are not 5% destroyed by the card...rather  99%, totally unrecognisable."

PQI 256MB (Firmware 121) I just wanted to let you know that my 256 MB PQI CF-Card doesn't like the new Minolta Dimage 7 firmware (121u). Previously it worked fine with the 021e version. Now it produces only garbeled pics. The card is recosnized correctly and the camera reports no errors. However, all saved pics are corrupt.

PQI 256MB (Firmware 121) Corrupted images - Andy G.

PQI 512MB (Firmware 121) No error suring writing, but data unreadable. - Pavel H.

TwinMOS 128MB. Two cards tried, neither worked.

TwinMOS 128MB Card did not work.  -Steve B.

TwinMOS 128MB Two cards. The first refused to report to the camera. The scond initially seemed to work, reporting 64 images in "fine quality".
After a few shots it stopped to work, reporting 999 frames. Ottar J.

TwinMos 64 This card didn't work. It could not be detected by the camera.

SCM 64MB Red light stays on. Camera freezes. Card works OK in other cameras

Sandisk 48MB. Would not work at RAW setting. -Leo T.

Simple Tech 128 MB (2-3 years old) Will not work in DiMage 7, Nikon D1 or
D1X. Works fine in Canon S100, Nikon 950 and 990. -Steve D.

Transcend 128MB, 64MB not compatible with Minolta DiMAGE 7 but all OK with Nikon 950, 990, Canon IXUS V I'm format CF card on Sandisk reader on IBM, Nikon, Canon. -Dmitry S.

Zenergy 256MB. One card would not work, one was fine. Glenn L.