Kingston Elite Pro 1 GB CompactFlash Card (cf/1024-s) - Cheap, Fast and Reliable
Dec 13, 2006 (Updated Jul 9, 2008)
Review by dkozin
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Low price, fast, durable, 1 GB capacity
Cons:Not the fastest, CF cards are loosing market share to SD cards
The Bottom Line: The Kingston Elite Pro 1GB CompactFlash Card is an inexpensive, good and fast CF card. I highly recommend it if you are shopping for a CF card.
I have used the Kingston Elite Pro 1 GB CompactFlash card almost exclusively lately with cameras that accept CF (e.g. Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon S60, etc.) I have no complaints whatsoever and I am very satisfied with its access speed, build quality, reliability and price.
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What is Kingston Elite Pro 1 GB CompactFlash Card?
The Kingston Elite Pro 1 GB CompactFlash card is a high-speed CompactFlash flash memory card for use in digital cameras and other electronic devices.
The older generation of this card had a white and blue label, but the new one has a greenish label with a lizard (or chameleon) on the label. The card belongs to the premium line of Kingston flash media (with faster speed than the standard line). Kingston claims that Elite Pro cards feature higher write speeds and lower power consumption.
The 1GB Elite Pro CompactFlash card is rated as 50x speed and can be used as storage media in digital cameras, for backups using a memory card reader and even for exotic uses like to transfer MP3 music to hard drive-based music player in the new 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan with navigation system.
The CF media cards are not the most compact media, but they are cheap, robust and are used in many digital SLR cameras, especially in professional models. I have used this card with multiple digital cameras and have never had a problem. There seemed to be no bottleneck in writing to this card imposed by the card itself (at least comparing to other cards).
The read speed for transferring data to my computer using Zio memory card reader is very fast and reached 5 Megabytes per second (might be limited by my reader or computer). This is about 33x, which is pretty good. The write speed approached 3 MB per second. I think the bottleneck here is not the card.
At 1 GB, the card lets me store (depending on format and resolution) about 350-450 JPEG photos or about 70-75 TIFF or RAW photos.
Since the card has no moving parts, I expect high reliability and durability, especially taking into account the fact that I dont abuse it. My previous cards, for instance, have no signs of use on the exterior and work as well as new (I sold some of them for close to or more than what I paid for them).
The card came with lifetime warranty. Although it is good to have this kind of warranty, I am sure than you will be able to buy 8 Gb card for peanuts in a couple of years from now. And the warranty will not help you if your valuable photos are lost. Therefore, backup is essential. As soon as feasible, I copy my photos to my computer and burn them on CDs or DVD.
The Kingston Elite Pro 1GB CompactFlash Card is an inexpensive, good and fast CF card. I highly recommend it if you are shopping for a CF card.
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