Which SD memory card?

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  1. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll Supporting Actor

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    I just picked up a Nikon CoolPix 4600 and need a secure digital memory card for it, probably 512MB or 1 GB. Should I get a high speed card, or is a standard card sufficient? Any particular brand(s) to look at, or just as important, to avoid? TIA.
     
  2. Paul McElligott

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    High speed cards are necessary to make full use of the camera's "burst mode"0
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    I think if you get SD card rated at 60X or above, you'll be okay. I have a couple of the SanDisk Ultra II SD cards, and an ATP SD card. Each is rated for 60X or faster. Don't get the SanDisk SD card (normal, blue packaging, not the black used for their Ultra line), those are slower cards (and thus cheaper, on the whole).

    The higher rated speed also better if you use your camera is capable of recording video. I have a Canon S2, which allows me to capture 640x480 30fps video, so a fast card helps.

    I've been cautioned to stay away from the Lexar SD cards (via reviews from the past year).
     
  4. Dan Driscoll

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    Thanks for the tips.
     
  5. anthony_b

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    I just purchased a Canon A610 and I need to buy SD Memory as well. What are the specs/speed I should be looking for ?
     
  6. Qui-Gon John

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    I just got a 1GB Kingston SD card from Buy.com, 49.95, less a rebate of $10, makes it a great deal for only 39.95.
     
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    John, was that the standard speed or is it a fast one ?
     
  8. Qui-Gon John

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    Think it might be standard, at least I couldn't find anything on the package that said High Speed.
     
  9. Mike Fassler

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    Ridata and a-data make pretty decent stuff for low cost, they are 20 bucks for 1gig at newegg. I use them in a Canon A620. Ive also have had great luck with kingstons sd memory which has a great lifetime warranty as well.


    p.s. the ridata 150X 1gig module is $21.19 at newegg.com here is the link;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820183183 pretty sweet price and they have many others in the same price range $17-21
     
  10. HienN

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    Interesting article from David Pogue, Technology Editor of the New York Times, Nov 8 2006. He wrote to Canon asking for their opinion of high speed memory cards.

     
  11. Holadem

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    Here is another question:

    1 x 2GB (Sandisk) vs 2 x 1GB (PNY) ?

    Either option is $30 today at Best Buy.

    I bought the 2GB, but I am thinking since I am gonna be away for nearly a month with no possibility of replacing it should it go kapput (how often does this happen?) perhaps I should get two of the 1GB instead?

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  12. HienN

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    Sandisk is definitely the more established, name brand here. For cameras I would be less concerned, but I have a LG cell phone that seems to accept only Sandisk cards (micro SD format). If price is equal, by all means get Sandisk.

    As for 1 x 2 GB or 2 x 1 GB, I think it's a matter of personal preference. These cards are pretty reliable, and as long as you don't expose them to excessive heat or humidity, they should be fine. Sandisk sells a higher grade card called "Extreme III" for these uses. The risk of malfunction is probably higher with the camera than with the memory card. I would go with the 2 GB for convenience (less swapping and misplacement) but normally I also carry a spare empty card.
     
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    I prefer to spread things out on more cards. Just the paranoid in me, in case a card dies or something else goes wrong. It does happen.
     
  14. Dan Driscoll

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    When I bought my Canon S3 I also picked up a Transcend SD 4GB 150x card. It worked great for burst shooting and movies with the S3 while we were on Maui.

    When we got home I was able to download almost 700 super-fine photos is less than 5 minutes. A 2GB card would probably have been big enough, the card was less than half full. Also, I had to download through the camera, my card reader wouldn't recognized the 4GB card. The reader did not have a problem with a 2GB Transcend card I also have.
     
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    Hey Dan,

    Are you still using the S3? I just bought one and love it. You said you bought a Nikon and was just curious if something went wrong with the S3.
     
  16. Dan Driscoll

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    Hi Mark,

    I am definitely still using the S3 and am very happy with it. I purchased the Nikon over a year ago, as a stop-gap replacement for my film SLR, which has a broken shutter. My wife is now the primary user of the Nikon.
     
  17. HienN

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    Costco currently has a great deal on memory cards. The Sandisk Ultra II 1 GB SD card is $46.99 - $19.00 instant rebate = $27.99 pay at cashier (minus $20 mail-in rebate = $7.99 final price), limit 3, good until 12/30/06.

    They also have cuts on the 2 GB and other formats but the discounts were not as good. The above is good in B&M stores only. The online store usually has different prices.
     
  18. Scott Merryfield

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    I bought a Kingston 1GB SD card for my wife's new Canon SD800 for under $20 shipped at newegg.com -- and no rebate required. Newegg has great prices on SD and Compact Flash memory.
     
  19. Dennis Nicholls

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    Newegg now has a 2GB SD card with USB card reader for $20.

    Time marches on!
     
  20. gvw

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    officemax runs some good deals every once in a while.
     

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