Firewire (IEEE 1394)??
I just bought my first digital, Canon A40. My question has to due with "Firewire" connection. I have this connection on my sound card (SB Audigy) & on the front of computer. Does my camera support this connection? If so does it use the standard USB cable that came with the camera, or do you have to purchase a "special" cable? Also what exactly is the difference between using the,"Firewire" vs "USB"?..

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Firewire (IEEE 1394) and USB are two different data transfer protocols and they use different cables, they aren't compatibile. Firewire is faster. The A40 doesn't support Firewire. If you don't have a USB port on the computer (check the back as well) you may need to add a card adding the ports. It might be easier to get a Firewire card reader and work from the card not the camera...

Comment #1

Thanks for the reply, I do have USB support on my computer, so I will use that. Do you think it would be a good investment to get a Firewire card reader, or would the USB be all I need?..

Comment #2

I'm using a USB reader and it works just fine. I don't have Firewire on my desktop so the USB reader will work on both the desktop and my laptop. Whether it's worth getting the Firewire reader might depend on the price difference. If it's not that much more expensive, why not?..

Comment #3

IF your system board supports 1394FW, get it. The cards are not expensive. You will find that IF you start working with large files as I do USB reaches a point where you are waiting for the stuff to load. USB 2.0 is losing ground to Firewire and have read in several places it shoud be updated soon to push 800Mb/sec...or mebbe 1600 soon. I would use FireWire ANY time the device can handle the speed. Caveat: devices (like printers) that have mechanical parts that (that slow them down evens things out.

USB 2.0 takes 154 seconds with the same data. Acoording to several tests of sustained read, FW is 5 times faster than USB 2.0 and faster than best FW drives so some difference here could lexar card.

Check Toms Hardware or this link if want to see some tests: tim smith..

Comment #4

I recently added a very inexpensive ($18) 1394 PCI card and a Sandisk CompactFlash reader... ohmygosh, what a difference compared to waiting for my USB connection to my Minolta 7Hi to download... It has to be at least 6 times faster...perhaps more... I use a 512 MEG memory card and the increased speed is just fantastic. Whenever you can go the Firewire route, by all means do so...

Comment #5

I guess that why they call USB 2.0 "yesterday's technology tomorrow."..

Comment #6

Sorry, this is yesterday's news, tomorrow. I just read the (3-year-old) articles. The tests were conducted on a Mac, by a Mac user. Need I say more! Everyone (in the field) knows that FireWire is faster than USB.

The specifications were designed for different uses. But please...

I guarantee you that "we were only speculating", then, about the.

USB 2.0 standard. Besides, the test in question was conducted on.

Sandisk reader with USB 1, not USB 2...

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