This is a followup to a previous post in which I did writing-speed tests of a Transcend 80x 4GB Compact Flash card, with a Nikon D200. This time, I'm testing the 120x version, which I just received today after I purchasing it for 29,000 yen (about US $250) from an online shop.
The tested card's model number is TS4GCF120 and its serial number is 129542-0419.
As before, the test was done with a newly-formatted card with the D200 in manual-focus, manual-exposure (1/200, wide-open aperture) mode at ISO 1600. Measurements were taken from audio-recordings using Adobe Audition. The tests were of uncompressed raw “NEF” images, which are about 15.6 megabytes each.
|Card Tested||Initial frames|
at 5 fps
|Subsequent Frames||Total Frames in|
|Maximum Write Speed|
|Transcend 4GB 80x||22||2.156 sec/frame||48||7.23 MB/sec|
|Transcend 4GB 120x||22||2.265 sec/frame||46||6.88 MB/sec|
This new 120x card is actually slower than the 80x card. This is disappointing, to say the least.
[UPDATE Feb 8th: I contacted Transcend Japan and was able to test another card ]