Which Is Faster: PC Card Adapter or FireWire Reader?

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Derrick Story

Derrick Story
Aug. 04, 2004 01:08 AM

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I was did a little testing tonight for a new book I'm working on, and thought you might be interested in the contest. In fact, I'll let you guess the outcome, and the person who comes closest by Sunday, Aug. 8, 5pm PDT, will receive a signed copy of Digital Photography Hacks.

I shot 32 images with a Canon Digital Elph S400 at full resolution and the highest quality setting. These are 4-megapixel images. The pictures were recorded to a standard SanDisk CF memory card that has a 256 MB capacity. I then upload the pictures to iPhoto 4 on a PowerBook 667 G4 Titanium.

I tested two rounds with a SanDisk PC Card Adapter and two rounds with the SanDisk FireWire ImageMate Reader. I've been using the PC Card adapter for years and have loved it. It's always been faster than USB card readers, but I wondered how it would stack up against a newer FireWire reader.

The fastest time for the winner was 1:29 from start to finish for the iPhoto import.

So here's the big question. Which device imported the images the fastest, and by how many seconds did it beat the fastest time of the other device? Post your guess for which device won and by how many seconds in the TalkBacks. If two people post the same winning guess, the person who posted it first receives the book. If no one gets it exactly, I'll go with the closest guess.

I'll announce the winner on Monday. Have fun!

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.