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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #1
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Mysterious Memorystick adaptor for EX1 at B&H!!

I just stumbled onto this thingy on the B&H-site:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Stick_Duo.html

It's model name MSAC-EX1 suggests it might act friendly with an EX1. In the details it is suggested that it has a read speed of 300 Mbit/s using memory stick pro-hg.

The HG-sticks are supposed to be able to have continous writespeeds of up to 60 MB/sec!

Wouldn't it be great if this thing works with the Ex1?!! This could be the Sony P2-killer!!! How do we find out?
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Old March 6th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #2
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Call Sony. After all, they would have to put out a firmware update with a better codec in order for this to mean anything. Also, if a memory stick can reach 60MB/s via the expresscard interface why wouldn't a native expresscard costing significantly more be able to do the same? SxS cards are already much faster than P2. I think the EX1 suffix relates to the expresscard interface, not specifically the PMW-EX1.

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Old March 6th, 2008, 07:43 AM   #3
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Call Sony. After all, they would have to put out a firmware update with a better codec in order for this to mean anything. Also, if a memory stick can reach 60MB/s via the expresscard interface why wouldn't a native expresscard costing significantly more be able to do the same? SxS cards are already much faster than P2. I think the EX1 suffix relates to the expresscard interface, not specifically the PMW-EX1.

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Why would you need a better codec? The 35 mbit/s stream fits easily within a write speed of 60 MB/s (600 mbit/s).
Also - the SxS card can also reach those speeds in theory...can it not?
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Old March 6th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #4
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That's interesting. So who's going to be the first to open up their SxS card with a can opener and see if it contains a normal Duo card ;)

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Old March 6th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #5
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I think it is just an expresscard/34 adapter for memorysticks. I am not sure it actually has anything to do with the PMW-EX1. Read the B&H description.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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Guys, I saw that several months ago too

I'd suspect you have the same problem as other cards (Firmware)

EX (i think is more related to "ex"press card
For example:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._34_eSATA.html
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:25 AM   #7
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Yes, but even if it is not intended for the EX1 specifically (which I doubt) it is a product that combined with the right Memory stick results in a card that is fast enough AND concists of Sony only hardware. That + a firm ware update could be the solution we are waiting for!
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Old March 6th, 2008, 01:52 PM   #8
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Do you think Sony will do that?
How are they going to be able to sell their 8gb SxS cards at $500?
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Old March 6th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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Well, They need to come down on the cards anyway.

If anything, this would really push the EX1. Sales would definately go up.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #10
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Well, if and when they do a firmware upgrade that relieves us of the Sony SxS enforcement, then (hopefully) we could use something like the Transcend Expresscard/34 memory cards. And THAT would make things a lot more interesting. A Transcend 32GB card is less than $250.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #11
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If you're all so eager to get rid of the approved Express Card, get some hacker/nerd friend to write a special firmware and hack your EX1 to work with non-approved Sony media. They do things like that with phones all the time ( while different, I'm sure it's doable ). Then even if you void your warranty, you can still use your cheap memory.

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