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Re: Start time for Sony PCM-M10 with memory card

Subject: Re: Start time for Sony PCM-M10 with memory card
From: "Peter Shute" pshute2
Date: Wed Sep 7, 2011 2:24 pm ((PDT))
I meant the time from off to being ready to record. Once it's on, there's no 
problem. I see now that there's a C with a 4 inside it that I dismissed as 
meaningless before, and I assume it means it's a Class 4 card.

Can anyone confirm whether Class 10 cards allow a PCM-M10 to start faster?

Peter Shute

 On Behalf Of Mitch Hill
Sent: Thursday, 8 September 2011 7:07 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Re: Start time for Sony PCM-M10 with memory 

On 9/7/2011 4:34 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> I timed it last night. 6 seconds to start up without the card, 15 seconds 
> with it. The card will have stay out till I need it.
> Does this mean an 8GB card will take 24 seconds, and a 16GB will take 42 
> seconds? 15 seconds is on the edge of being tolerable, but a lot can happen 
> in 42 seconds.
> Someone suggested a faster card might help. The 4GB card is simply marked 
> "Sandisk 4GB SDHC". Are there faster ones available, and what would they have 
> written on them to identify them? I haven't seen any mention of speeds on any 
> of the ads I've seen, so I assumed there was no choice.


I'm a bit confused by what you mean by time to start up, Is this time
from turning the recorder on to be able to control it for recording or
playback or is what you mean by time, is the time for the recorder to
start recording from its turned on control ready state?

As to memory card speed, if there is no "Class" marking, usually a large
"C" with a number inside the C, it is most likely a class 2 card meaning
it is a slow card. The class marking indicates the speed or transfer
rate of the card, the higher the number, the faster the read/write rate
of the card. In my recorders, I prefer to use Class 6 and Class 10
cards excepting a few Class 4 cards that I received as promotional
giveaways. However I have to qualify this fact as I use high speed fast
fast sequencing DSLR cameras which I find a minimum of class 6 card is a
necessity and I purchase memory cards in quantity for the cameras and so
have the cards on hand to use in the recorders. I find the recorders are
more forgiving than cameras as to class of memory cards...

I do not have a Sony PCM-M10 recorder so can not make comparisons
however after reading your question, I checked my Olympus LS-11 and it
powers up ready to record in 4 seconds with a 8Gb Class 4 card in it.

I have a Marantz PMD 661 with a 16Gb class 10 card in it, it powers up
in 5 seconds and once in the alive in controllable state, time to start
a recording is less than a second. And the pre-record function more than
makes up for that when in use.

Hope this helps...

Mitch Hill

(Sent from HP DV6T)

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