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TnT
30th August 2004, 11:53
How important are memory card speeds? I'm looking to buy another secure digital card for my 4 MP camera. There are cheap deals out there, but the write speeds on the cards aren't that fast. What should I take into account when deciding which brand to buy?

agallag
30th August 2004, 12:05
Write speeds do make a difference depending on what your camera is capable of. Some cameras can't fill up the bandwidth on the slow cards, but higher end cameras are even limited by the fastest cards.

If you can find the Kingmax 60X cards, they're particularly cheap right now. Even up here in Canada you can get the 1GB version for $209. That's around $160US.

Chrono_Wanderer
30th August 2004, 12:09
agree with agallag ::)

got my kingmax 60x 256MB SD (10MBps) at canadacomputers ;) It was like 60 bucks us :)

TnT
30th August 2004, 12:20
How can you tell if the card is too slow?

az
30th August 2004, 16:07
If you didn't notice, it probably isn't too slow for you ;)

What kind of camera do you have? Only rarely do cams with SD interfaces need fast cards, and even then only under special circumstances or for special features (extr hi-res movie modes, kyocera's amazing rtune serial mode, shooting bursts or bracketing with not much time to wait... all provided your camera's SD interface is even fast enough to make use of high speed cards, which many interfaces aren't - they don't need to be).

Well, I stand by my first sentence, but if you absolutely must, Sandisk Ultra II are very fast cards (the Sandisk Ultra I are slow, and the old Sandisk non-ultras are sloooow).

AZ

TnT
30th August 2004, 21:36
Okay thanks guys. I just was confused by all the different speed stuff. I'd rather save some money if my camera most likely doesn't get affected by the memory speed.