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Not for RAW, not for Mac
, January 27, 2011
I got it for Lumix LX3 compact. I usually do shoot RAW+fineJPEG (just in case) and 8GB version sounded like a very good deal. Unfortunately, only on paper:
1. Setup on a Mac was quite involved - I had to run it many times until all issues got resolved. One of the things to be aware of - I have Airport Extreme and only 1 out of 4 available 802.11n modes worked - pure 2.4Ghz mode. Both 5GHz modes did not, 2.4Ghz b/g/n compatible mode did not either. Maybe that contributed to setup problems. I also hated the idea of "registering" the card with the manufacturer - what for?!
2. The thing is useless with RAW pics. Each pic is about 15-16MB and sustained transfer speeds (in 2.4GHz mode) are on the order of 70-80Kps (in perfect conditions). It took many minutes to get a single shot off the camera. Now, to real problems: 2.4Ghz band is particularly sensitive to interference - if someone turned on microwave while you are transferring - boom. There is no option to resume transfer, so you have to start from the beginning.
3. If you need to take 40 pics off the card - you need many hours of transferring. Mind you, the camera enters power-save mode only after a minute or two. You have to manually keep it awake during the transfer. Even if you manage to do so - the battery on the camera is completely drains pretty fast.
All in all, idea is very nice, on paper it is great product, but if you shoot more than 1 pic and use RAW - forget it. I returned mine on the second day.