Are you sure? A compressed file will require more time to process i.e. compress, but it will write more quickly to the flash card, as the file size will be smaller
1. The specialized processor of the camera can compress many times faster than a PC; this should not be an issue.
2. Whether writing on the card lags behind the shooting depends on many factors. A camera with 7fps, 20Mpix will run sooner in buffer shortage than one with 3fps, 12Mpix. Of course the card's speed is a big factor as well.
3. Reading and decompressing of compressed images on a PC is usually much slower than reading the larger, uncompressed file.
Ok, I'd like to add two additional questions - How much, in terms of % of space savings, have you received by using lossless compressed over standard compresed
See the link below; what you don't find there: the 14bit lossless is 16-20MB, the 14bit lossy is 12-14 MB.
has the time lag writing to cards been an issue for anyone shooting slower than 8fps mode?http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond300/page13.asp
I'll have to run some tests on some color gradients (e.g., the sunset) this weekend to see if there is a big enough difference between these modes!
This is a bit naive; it is not under your control. Banding may occur is particular situations
. You may have luck and experience banding with your trials, but you may not see any problem, decide for the lossy compression, shoot months long and suddenly realize, that a few images are ruined.
Btw, "standard compression" is a misnomer. It was a mistake by Nikon (in fact, they are misleading the customers) to name them "compression and lossless compression". Nikon had difficulty with this issue for years; their description of the lossiness changed with each model. The proper terminology would be "lossless compression vs. lossy compression", or even better "compressed vs. garbled".