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SD cards are literally the brain power needed to save all my photographs on my digital cameras. But i also use different makes and memory sizes in my mobile and the largest in my camcorder. They are in general a fantastically light, unbelievably small, compact little device that more things seem to be requiring each day.
This particular SD is made by Integral I have to admit I have never heard of this manufacture but I received this 2GB SD card with a lovely camera as a gift one Christmas. I thought that was a nice touch to include an SD card so I could start taking pictures straight away. This SD card does not differ in any way to the countless other ones I own that are either sitting in a drawer somewhere or are still in the devices they were bought for. SD cards are just very small hard plastic cases that hold and protect a chip I expect. Inside this plastic case are the brains that hold all my precious photos / memories.
Seeing that this card is only a 2GB model I don't use this for storing video recordings taken with my digital camera. The reason for this is it will run out of space far more quickly if used to store video especially high quality video. It does however hold lots and lots of photographs. I have since bought larger sized cards but I have moved this one from my camera into my digital photo frame so it is still getting plenty if use. All I have to do is slot it into the side of the frame and within seconds hundreds of crystal clear photos can be displayed for my whole family to enjoy.
The little card originally came sealed in one of those horribly annoying clear plastic coverings with the sealed edge (I hate them). In order to open it safely without cutting myself off the sharp hard plastic I needed to use a scissors. Once out it is easy to slot in to whatever device I wish to use it in and in the case of my digital camera I just had to push on the top of the card for it to pop back out, simple. The pictures look great when viewing them on our TV (it has an SD slot on the side) and I'm not sure if the card makes much difference or if it is all down to the camera used.
Technology has come a very long way when you look at these tiny cards and compare then to either a video tape or at the rolls of film it would take to hold all that information. There are of course larger sized cards available (by large I mean in memory) but this is perfect for holding hundreds for photographs at a time and if you shop around online it can be bought for less than five pounds. And amazon have it for only £2.63 at the moment.
I remember buying my first digital camera and becoming incredibly confused as to the vast array of differing storage cards that were available. Every manufacturer was clinging to their own standard like Kate Winslet to a closet in the Atlantic Ocean. I kind of drifted out of cameras for a while but when I came back the battle was over, every camera I looked at seemed to be using SD, whether it be a simple point and shoot bargain all the way up to professional SLR beauties. Thank God I say, the quicker an industry adopts a unifying standard the quicker the price drops! Now anyone who owns a camera nowadays will know what an SD card looks like, these small little pieces of blue plastic are your lifeline to memories of that trip to Crete or that time your cat looked like Marlon Brando. They are available from nearly every memory company in the world nowadays, most notably from a very reputable outfit known as Integral. I've reviewed several Integral products before on here and every time they've been a high end piece of kit for a bargain basement price, and this SD card is no exception.
Recently a colleague of mine borrowed my camera and somehow managed to lose my nice 2GB card. I was a bit miffed but thankfully he quickly replaced it with a 2GB card from Integral. I thought he was very generous until I had a look online and found it for sale on Amazon for £2.16! Ah well, at least I have a new card. My friend's bargain hunting notwithstanding, £2.16 is an astoundingly cheap price to pay for a 2GB SD card. You'd spend £3 on a nice cup of coffee on the highstreet, for less than that you can have hundreds of photos!
The card itself comes in plastic packaging that must have been built to withstand orbital reentry. It took a very sharp box-cutter to slice open the plastic withiut me having to struggle like a child! I'd really prefer if companies would stop using this stuff as it makes the process painful and unnecessarily dangerous (try opening one with a semi blunt knife and get back to me). I can only guess it's cheaper to produce and more secure for them to ship or something, still, it'd be nice not to have to break out the stanley knife every time I buy a piece of electronics!
Out of the box the card is the standard SD size and weight. It fit into my camera exactly like my old one and started to work immediately, not needing any pre-use formatting or anything else. The card is rated to 2GB, and holds an actual capacity of about 1.8GB when you look at it on a laptop. I can fit around 350 top quality photos on it when my camera is set to the highest setting. This is loads of space really, I rarely take more than 100 photos in a day so it suits me fine. I can imagine that being on a longer trip may require a larger card, and so Integral provide 4GB and 8GB models which retail at £4.79 and £5.28 respectively. Their range also extends right up to 32GB which costs £34.22. Prices correct as of 21/07/2011 on Amazon.co.uk.
This card is a great little number, it costs less than a cup of coffee and works like a dream. It's unfortunate that it comes in such bomb-proof packaging though I will admit this is better than it arriving broken. The only real fault I can find with this card is the capacity, 2GB, while enough for a single days shooting, will frustrate a large amount of snap happy photographers. With the larger 4 and 8GB models available for only a modest increase in price I can't really see why you'd buy this card, unless of course you're buying one as a replacement for someone!
I cannot speak highly enough of the Integral brand of memory cards and since a few memory failures and flaws with other brands, I found this range in a local supermarket and have stuck with it since. Being a budding photographer and having all sorts of other gismos and gadgets that require SD cards I have a huge array of these and would recommend them to anyone!
This retails for between £5 and £10 depending on where you buy it from thus being a competitively price device. As stated this one is a 2gb card which is more than enough of most users of cameras and such like and will provide on average 1000 pictures depending on the quality of camera.
For the average user you will only require one memory card per device and this is more than enough to justify that. Why pay for a 8gb card when you will only ever use 1gb of it. When it comes to memory its tempting to go for the bigger sizes which obviously carry and heftier price tag. There is no need! Be sensible with your memory purchases and you will save money and actually get a more realistic memory size for your use. And there is no better way to start than with a integral 2gb start!
As expected it is fully compatible with anything with an SD slot, comes with a full guarantee and years of using this brand have never resulted in any problems at all so I would suggest looking no further than this!
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I remember the first PC we had. It had 1 GB memory, and I am sure that at the time that must have seemed huge. It really puts things into persepective when you can carry twice that much on a little plastic card, the size of a stamp! I use thse cards in my digital camera and DS, though they have many uses, including use in PDAs, MP3 players and HD camcorders, to name but a few.
The prices are coming down on this form of storage. A few years ago £15 was cheap for a 1GB memory card. Nowadays you can get a 2GB Integral card from Amazon for a mere £5.14, which I feel represents excellent value, as it can store a huge amount of photos and videos before you need to buy a new one.
The current card I am using in my camera has been in use for over a year. It slots neatly and easily into a small slot in the battery compartment of my camera. I currently have 478 photos stored on the card and several short videos and there is still more than half of the memory capacity of the card left. This means that this particular card will last me a couple of years before i need to buy a new one.
Once data has been stored on the card, it is easy to retreive. Some devices have special SD card readers which take information directly from the card. My computer does not have this function, but if I plug my camera in via the USB lead, I can use the computer to access my files, photos videos and music. For photos, you also have the option of taking the card to a shop with a printing machine, such as Boots or a local chemist, where you can inset the card directly into the machine and print your photos off that way.
For me, and SD card is a lot more convenient than trying to store loads of thick photo albums. The card comes with a lock, so if you slide the plastic lock down, it will prevent files being accidentally wiped from your card. My camera also has a "protect" function wich will prevent certain pictures from being erased from the card, although it is always a good idea to back up your files on the computer.
How you use the card is a matter of personal choice. I know people who use them as an intermediate device for temporarily storing files before they put them onto computer or print them out. Such people will then wipe the SD card and start again. Others (like me) will keep their full SD cards safe in their plastic covers and filed away in a drawer like a tiny photo album. Because of their cheap price I can't see the point in being stingy and using the same card over and over again!
I have never had any problems using this SD card and I would gladly give it 5 stars. It is small, easy to use, stores lots of information and is a very good price. I have never lost or damaged any files or pictures using this medium of storage.
Here is the techie stuff from the Amazon website:
Pack Size (Units): 1
Prerecorded Content: No
Storage Capacity in MB: 2048
Type of Card: Secure Digital Card
USB Connectivity: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm ; 5 g
Boxed-product Weight: 10 g
Item model number: 229436
The Integral SD memory card can be used in a variety of digital products including digital cameras, PDAs, satellite navigation and MP3/4 players.