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There is a lot of information on camera memory cards I need to catch up on..

Does anyone know of some good web sites that give the various details on memory cards. I would like to find out all about them. I know Steve's digicams has some but seems to be dated..

I know that SD cards are popular now..

But there are several types and a newbie to digital needs to know what type does what and what is not necessary..

There is SD and then there is SDHD and probably some other qualities of SD..

There are different qualities and capacities I think some cameras arent made for cards over 1 or 2 gig I assume that the different price ranges is dependent on how fast they are. I have seen some $10 in bulk ones and some $89 list ones and some $30 ones in the stores..

Are there cards that are desirable when saving in raw (as in CHDK or a camera with a P&S with raw if one can be found) ? .

Do the mfrs supply the card choices and limiitations in the instruction manuals?.

And so forth. all I know is that there are different memory cards and different SD qualities..

I have a 1 gig micro sd (sandisk) I put in my cell phone and have an adapter to SD I use a newegg $13 SD reader (Ezionics) for usb transfer is the card with the step up adapter to SD usable in a dig camera that takes SD cards?..

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A fast memory card will get you that second shot....

Some Rebate offers are not paying off...OK Dave..

Comment #1

J45 wrote:.

I have a 1 gig micro sd (sandisk) I put in my cell phone and have anadapter to SD I use a newegg $13 SD reader (Ezionics) for usbtransfer is the card with the step up adapter to SD usable in adig camera that takes SD cards?.

Yes, it will but it probably wont right that fast. To be honest with the relatively cheap price of memory nowadays I would invest in the fastest card available..

Edd..

Comment #2

J45 wrote:.

There is SD and then there is SDHD and probably some other qualities.

SD has a maximum standard capacity of 2 GB. SDHC allows larger capacities, but SDHC cards require SDHC-capable devices...

Comment #3

Also beware of counterfeit cards on Ebay. See this link to the UK site:.

Http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/...Digital-Cards-Exposed_W0QQugidZ10000000001254881..

Comment #4

Ok, you have been the Newegg. You know, you can check to see what features each memory card has when clicking around the tabs. Some are faster, some have better error protection, etc. The best ones for RAW are the ones that go fastest, but when you transfer them to your computer, this is also an issue (card reader speed). I always go for 4GB cards, usually Adata or Ridata brands...

Comment #5

Thanks all for the info.

Actually steves digicams data is pretty comprehensive plus what you folks have submitted..

Keep it coming!..

Comment #6

Oh, another question .....

Most dig cameras, do they all have the ability to load the data from the card to the computer so one doesn't have to have a separate card reader? I assume if the camera is USB spec'd that's all thats needed..

I see these ads for budget all in one card readers and wonder if they are worth it I suppose there are some newer specs that some of the readers dont handle..

I haven't checked Newegg recently I suppose I will glean a lot of info reading through the specs of the offerings...

Comment #7

Most dig cameras, do they all have the ability to load the data fromthe card to the computer so one doesn't have to have a separate cardreader? I assume if the camera is USB spec'd that's all thats needed..

I see these ads for budget all in one card readers and wonder if theyare worth it I suppose there are some newer specs that some of thereaders dont handle..

Many new computers now come with built-in card readers. If not, IMVHO, you are better off spending the $10 for a card reader, rather than downloading via the camera & a USB cable. You'll save on battery life, plus the risk that someone will knock-over your camera as it is perched somewhere while you download images..

At one time, this was a quickly updated website:http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007..

Comment #8

There's really not that much to it with SD cards. If you anything more than a casual shooter, buy two 4gb cards; combined they should cost less than $50. Make sure your camera supports SDHC (all recent cameras do), otherwise you'll be limitted to 2gb. If your shooting action or otherwise firing off a lot of shots in a row, look for a high speed card (class 6), altough there's not really much of a prize premium for these any more..

Back in the days when cards went for over $200 (and that was for a 512mb card) there was need to worry and research, but nowadays just buy a big old card or two from whoever has a good deal and you should be set...

Comment #9

Jon Lemke wrote:.

There's really not that much to it with SD cards. If you anythingmore than a casual shooter, buy two 4gb cards; combined they shouldcost less than $50. Make sure your camera supports SDHC (all recentcameras do), otherwise you'll be limitted to 2gb. If your shootingaction or otherwise firing off a lot of shots in a row, look for ahigh speed card (class 6), altough there's not really much of a prizepremium for these any more..

Back in the days when cards went for over $200 (and that was for a512mb card) there was need to worry and research, but nowadays justbuy a big old card or two from whoever has a good deal and you shouldbe set..

Hi,.

Hmmmm, well when I started 8MB (yes, 8MB) cost 80 and in those days that was US $120 but is $155 ish nowadays..

Anyway, I've one problem with large cards and that is that the camera might get stolen (it's happened to one or two friends of mine) and you lose a lot of pictures with a big card. Cameras and cards can be replaced but the pictures are gone forever. Same as when the card gets corrupted or falls out of your pocket/camera bag..

So I stick to 512's and change them from time to time. I don't think write speed is that important as most cameras have buffers to fill and you need a video camera if that's mostly what the size of the card is for....

Regards, David..

Comment #10

David Hughes wrote:.

Anyway, I've one problem with large cards and that is that the cameramight get stolen (it's happened to one or two friends of mine) andyou lose a lot of pictures with a big card. Cameras and cards can bereplaced but the pictures are gone forever. Same as when the cardgets corrupted or falls out of your pocket/camera bag..

So I stick to 512's and change them from time to time. I don't thinkwrite speed is that important as most cameras have buffers to filland you need a video camera if that's mostly what the size of thecard is for....

Ahh, the "Eggs in one basket vs. Eggs in your Pocket debate.While your point about large memory cards is well taken,you are equally likely to:1. loose one of the 512 cards you keep swapping2. re-use a 512 card before you properly archive it3. fill-up a 512 card and be unable to swap it out before the moment has past..

This is definately always a case of YMMV..

Comment #11

All great replies and information. This forum is great!.

My intented use here is for a P&S and I have no idea how many good jpegs the camera I am thinking about, the Canon A570 a 2 or 4 gig SDHD card will hold..

There is a chart somewhere on one of the forums that reviewed this camera and I can check. Also I think the manual is available for download from Canon so I am sure something is in there..

Also I do intend to do some RAW saving with this camera, using CHDK. So I am not sure how much bigger the RAW files that CHKD will be generating ( I can probably find out on their page) and how many will fit on a reasonably sized card..

All points well taken dont want too big and dont want too small for organization purposes, as I am not the organizer! and dont want to loose anything..

How much RAW I will wind up doing I dont know but this camera choice gives me all the stuff I think I need, like full manual and such plus CHDK is written for this camera so I get a shot at working with RAW and find out how that goes. Gets it all out of my system. so next camera I will know which features not to worry about because they wont be there! only thing I dont get with the 570 is a higher resolution screen and a 28 wide and a bit longer on the tele. but this is my first dig..

I appreciate all the feedback so I can decide how fast (I guess with RAW that is a consideration) and how practically large..

Thanks again all, like I said keep the suggestions coming along!..

Comment #12

Dad_of_four wrote:.

Ahh, the "Eggs in one basket vs. Eggs in your Pocket debate..

Hi,.

Well, the expression has been around for centuries, so I guess there's something in it: like truth....

While your point about large memory cards is well taken,you are equally likely to:1. loose one of the 512 cards you keep swapping2. re-use a 512 card before you properly archive it3. fill-up a 512 card and be unable to swap it out before the momenthas past..

Well, I seldom get through several in a day and hotels with safes are usually the answer. Plus a bit of paper that fits into the little plastic case with a fold down the middle to form a little four page book with things like "Full", "Ready" and so on written on the little pages. And, as a tourist I can guard against most things but not someone out to steal: especially in tourist spots..

Also, my cameras tell me how things are going and I can usually see when one card is nearly full and it's the work of seconds to switch to the reserve and then change the full card later on. I guess few cameras hold two cards, otherwise this would be obvious..

This is definately always a case of YMMV.

If I knew what that meant I'd reply to it..

Regards, David..

Comment #13

Thanks for the tips..

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary..

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