Memory Cards!!

@trickiwoo (2703)
United States
June 14, 2008 2:24pm CST
I need to buy a new memory card for my camera, and I am having the hardest time deciding what I should get! The reviews I've read on the internet have not been helpful AT ALL! So I thought I'd come here and ask you guys what kind of memory cards you use in your cameras! I want to know: The brand (Lexar, PNY, etc.) The size (2G, 4G, etc.) The memory type (SD, CF, etc.) And if you've had any problems with it, if it's fast enough, etc. Thank you so much! Your input is greatly appreciated!
3 responses
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
15 Jun 08
You can't change the type you use in your camera (compact flash (CF) or secure digital (SD)). Most cameras only fit one type. The compact flash cards are the old style bulky cards and the secure digital are much much smaller. But you have to use whichever one your camera actually takes. The cards that go over 1GB, such as 2GB through 8GB or more, only work in certain cameras. Check to make sure your model will work before you buy one of these. Especially on the compact flash, they may actually be a microdrive that you camera cannot use. Brand doesn't seem to matter. I've tried several different brands and they all work equally well. I've paid $80 for some cards and $5 for others. I usually get 1GB cards on sale now for $10 or less. And if your camera uses compact flash you are really in luck because those are easily found for $5 since it is older technology (but still good!). Hope that helps!
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@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Thanks! Yah, I have 6 different digital cameras that take all kinds of different memory cards, so I'm kinda looking for some of everything. I'm actually really looking at what type of brands. You say you haven't noticed any difference between brands? Do you happen to have any of your memory cards nearby so you can tell me what brands you've used that you haven't had any problems with? I would really appreciate it! Thank you!
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Let's see what I've got on my desk at the moment... Kingston, I love these, never had a problem with them. PNY, super cheap when I bought them, still no problems. SanDisk, I buy these when they're on sale, very nice. Most of mine are Kingston or SanDisk at the moment. They're not very expensive usually. I've only had one problem memory card and it was probably broken by the guy who I bought the camera from. It was an original memory card that came with the camera and it never worked from the moment I got it.
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@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thank you very much!!! Very helpful!!! :)
• United States
14 Jun 08
What does your camera take? That's the biggie. Some cameras only take CF or SD; some won't be able to use SDs over 4 GB; some won't be able to use SDs over 4 GB (or 2 GB, can't remember) unless they're SDHC; etc. Also, you may need a larger card if you're taking super high res pictures and a lot of them. You should also think about whether the computer that you'll be moving the pictures to takes CF or HD. Even if you think you'll have your cord with you everywhere (unless you've got a camera that wirelessly synchs with your computer, of course), there's nothing worse than needing to move pictures and realizing that you don't have your cord and your computer won't take the card! I'm a big fan of SD cards, so that's what I'd recommend. I have a 2 GB one and it handles close to 500 pictures, shooting RAW at 8 mp. If you're taking smaller pictures (even if you've got a camera with more megapixels) and are able to frequently transfer them to your computer, you probably won't even need that. As for brands, Lexar is pretty much a rip off. All of the SD(HC) cards that I own are the store brand ones from MicroCenter or CompUSA, and I've never had a problem with speed, even in the picky recorder I have. Hope that helped.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
15 Jun 08
If your computer doesn't have a built in SD or CF reader, there is an easy solution. I always keep a memory card reader that plugs into USB in my camera bag. There aren't many computers made nowadays without USB ports. The readers now are small enough to easily fit in your pocket. My built in reader broke almost immediately so I use one on my desk as well. The readers should only cost you $5 to $20 at the most now.
@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I have 6 digital cameras that all take different types of cards. Mainly right now I'm wondering about brands... Which brands do users really recommend? Which brands have people had problems with? I'm looking for the best quality at the lowest price possible! :)
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Check your camera manual and buy the largest and fastest card for your camera. When a I had a smaller 3 mp camera I got a deal on some 256 CF cards and bought them. They are useless in my new DSLR 8 mp Camera. I would also buy from a local store that way if you have problems they c will usually take it back and give you a new one.
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