Here’s are some P2 card transfer times I’ve observed based on my own real world testing. Tests 4 and 5 were done in the field while working on a documentary shoot last week, your actual times may vary.
Test 1: Transfer 4 GB P2 Card from camera to Mac: 4 min., 49 sec.
Test 2: Transfer 4 GB P2 Card to P2 Store: 6 min., 24 sec.
Test 3: Transfer Single 4 GB Partition from P2 Store to Mac: 5 min., 7 sec.
Test 4: Transfer 4 GB P2 Card from PCMCIA slot to Powerbook: 4 min.
Test 5: Transfer 8 GB P2 Card from PCMCIA slot to Powerbook: 7 min., 58 sec.
On the shoot last week I found one morning that the 8 GB cards were taking almost 12 minutes to transfer to the internal hard disk, which seemed odd. After rebooting the PowerBook the transfer times were back to the times we would expect.
Details: Test 1: 4 GB P2 (full card, various length clips, 3.51 GB total), Power Macintosh G5, FireWire 400 cable connected to front FireWire connector, media copied to internal SATA drive; Test 2: 4 GB P2 (full card, various length clips, 3.51 GB total), Load into P2 Store (verification on); Test 3; Trasfer single partition (3.51 GB contents of a full 4 GB P2 card) from P2 Store to Power Macintosh G5 via USB 2.0 cable; Test 4 and 5: Trasfer full card (3.54 GB for 4 GB card, 7.23 GB for 8 GB card, various length clips) from PCMCIA slot on 15″ 1.67GHz Powerbook G4 to internal hard drive; NOTE: Panasonic claims faster times for card to P2 Store transfers but I did the tests with verification on, as I found that sometimes verification failed when using the P2 Store in field conditions, for example, bumping the unit in the middle of a download. Better safe that sorry.