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    Posted: 23 March 2019 at 04:40
Is there any point to buying a Memory Stick Duo for a Sony camera?

The short answer is no.


For whatever reason Sony continues to support their proprietary Memory Stick Duo card format in their digital cameras. There was a question about them on another forum. All three of my Sony cameras support SD UHS I standard though not very well.

The 60 MHz 8-bit parallel interface Memory Stick Pro-HG format was announced in 2006. Sony released the current 8, 16, and 32 GB Pro-HG Duo HX cards in 2011. These support 50 MB/s reads over the 8-bit parallel interface and 15 MB/s minimum writes which is 50% higher than SD Class 10, U1, or V10 minimum write speed ratings.

Sony did release a 64 GB Memory Stick XC-HG Duo card in November 2012 which was a special PX Mirroring card for NXCAM camcorders. These seem to have been a solution Sony offered instead of a second memory card slot. The Mirroring Memory Stick PX line has since been discontinued. There are MicroSD to Memory Stick Duo adapters, some of which support two MicroSD cards. It is claimed that these allow higher capacities, but they all seem to lack the Pro-HG 8-bit interface.

I found a not too outrageous price on a 16 GB Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX and decided to try it out.

The Memory Stick Duo cards are inserted flipped the opposite way to SD cards in Sony cameras. This might explain the seemingly backwards orientation of the memory slots in E-mount cameras like the A6000 that have the MS/SD slot in the battery compartment.

16 GB Sony Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX 50 MB/s MS-HX16B

A7II: 19.9 MB/s
A6000: 20.4 MB/s
A68: 19.6 MB/s

These are better write speeds than the 15 MB/s minimum specified by Sony. I don't have a USB3 Memory Stick reader. The USB2 sequential transfer speeds are slower than the camera write speeds above. These write speeds are similar to what the SD UHS I U3 cards achieve in non-UHS supporting bodies like the A65, A57, and A58.

64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro U3 V30 95 MB/s

I bought the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC card under the impression that the A68 might support SD writes faster than 35 MB/s. This was not true. This is a newer V30 card that might be slower than older Extreme Pro cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro series is often recommended as a fast writing UHS I card.

A7II: 31.2 MB/s
A6000: 33.0 MB/s
A68: 33.0 MB/s
USB3 read: 96.9 MB/s
USB3 write: 85.0 MB/s

64 GB Sony U3 94 MB/s SF-64UX2

The Sony U3 94 MB/s SF-64UX2 has been my main card since buying the A58 in 2015. It wasn't the fastest Sony SD card then (that would be the 95 MB/s SF-UZ series released in 2014), but it remains fast enough.

A7II: 31.3 MB/s
A6000: 32.7 MB/s
A68: 30.9 MB/s
USB3 read: 94.2 MB/s
USB3 write: 65.7 MB/s

64 GB Sony U1 70 MB/s SF-64UY2

The Sony U1 70 MB/s SF-64UY2 was a freebie included with my A5000. It is pretty much as fast as the Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX in these cameras. The USB3 read speed is nearly double the 50 MB/s Sony quotes as the maximum read speed for the Pro-HG HX card.

A7II: 20.9 MB/s
A6000: 19.3 MB/s
A68: 19.9 MB/s
USB3 read: 93.8 MB/s
USB3 write: 27.9 MB/s

32 GB SanDisk Ultra U1 80 MB/s

The SanDisk Ultra U1 80 MB/s was a freebie included with a Sigma MC-11 adapter.

A7II: 17.3 MB/s
A6000: 17.7 MB/s
A68: 17.4 MB/s
USB3 read: 97.5 MB/s
USB3 write: 20.8 MB/s

16 GB ProMaster Code 5933 Class 10

I bought the ProMaster Code 5933 Class 10 card at the time I purchased my A58, and then never used it.

A7II: 11.1 MB/s
A6000: 11.2 MB/s
A68: 10.1 MB/s
USB3 read: 46.4 MB/s
USB3 write: 12.8 MB/s

16 GB Delkin SD 163X Class 10 24/17 MB/s

A7II: 10.7 MB/s
A6000: 10.6 MB/s
A68: 9.6 MB/s
USB3 read: 39.7 MB/s
USB3 write: 11.3 MB/s

16 GB SanDisk SDHC Class 4

A7II: 4.8 MB/s
A6000: 4.8 MB/s
A68: 4.8 MB/s
USB3 read: 23.9 MB/s
USB3 write: 5.7 MB/s

Edited by QuietOC - 23 March 2019 at 15:28
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 10:34
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Is there any point to buying a Memory Stick Duo for a Sony camera?

The short answer is no.
I have to mention that your assessment is true for these newer cameras that have slots for SD cards, however, if you have one of the older models, which sport Compact Flash and Memory Stick Duo slots, it might be a good idea to have also a MS Duo card to fill the second card slot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 11:11
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I have to mention that your assessment is true for these newer cameras that have slots for SD cards, however, if you have one of the older models, which sport Compact Flash and Memory Stick Duo slots, it might be a good idea to have also a MS Duo card to fill the second card slot.
That is the A900 My one memory stick card is in that camera. Sony keeps the memory stick compatibility as it is there own format, it is backward compatibility and they apparently can easily put it in an SD-slot.

I never realised that you could describe the orientation of SD cards as seemingly backwards, but yes, it is a bit strange that text faces the battery door. But then, it doesn't matter that much. Sony is sometimes a bit weird - the battery in my A7r2 is positioned differently from my A6000 and NEX F3
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 11:33
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I never realised that you could describe the orientation of SD cards as seemingly backwards, but yes, it is a bit strange that text faces the battery door. But then, it doesn't matter that much. Sony is sometimes a bit weird - the battery in my A7r2 is positioned differently from my A6000 and NEX F3
Sony definately hasn't been consistent with the card slots, each generation of α7 series has changed the card slot orientation: in first generation the slot was orientated towards the rear, the second generation moved the slot facing to right side, the twin card slots of the latest generation still have the slots on the right side, but the compartment door is different and now the cards are inserted just the other way around than earlier.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 11:35
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Is there any point to buying a Memory Stick Duo for a Sony camera?

The short answer is no.
I have to mention that your assessment is true for these newer cameras that have slots for SD cards, however, if you have one of the older models, which sport Compact Flash and Memory Stick Duo slots, it might be a good idea to have also a MS Duo card to fill the second card slot.
+1, that's where my MS Duo sticks are infinitely better than any SD card. Once you have them being able to use them in a SD slot of later Sony cameras is icing on the cake.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 11:51
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Is there any point to buying a Memory Stick Duo for a Sony camera?

The short answer is no.
I have to mention that your assessment is true for these newer cameras that have slots for SD cards, however, if you have one of the older models, which sport Compact Flash and Memory Stick Duo slots, it might be a good idea to have also a MS Duo card to fill the second card slot.
+1, that's where my MS Duo sticks are infinitely better than any SD card. Once you have them being able to use them in a SD slot of later Sony cameras is icing on the cake.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2019 at 11:54
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I never realised that you could describe the orientation of SD cards as seemingly backwards, but yes, it is a bit strange that text faces the battery door. But then, it doesn't matter that much. Sony is sometimes a bit weird - the battery in my A7r2 is positioned differently from my A6000 and NEX F3
Sony definately hasn't been consistent with the card slots, each generation of α7 series has changed the card slot orientation: in first generation the slot was orientated towards the rear, the second generation moved the slot facing to right side, the twin card slots of the latest generation still have the slots on the right side, but the compartment door is different and now the cards are inserted just the other way around than earlier.
Yeah, I noticed that also with A-mount cameras over the years. Probably has to do with the internals of the camera making it easier to turn the card - typical technicians behaviour.
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