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Cheap, cheerful and as big as a house!
Integral 2 GB SD Memory Card
Member Name: JohnJoeSmith
Integral 2 GB SD Memory Card
Advantages: Cheap as chips! Good brand
Disadvantages: Capacity is small for modern cameras
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!
Summary: Great for what it is but for a small bit more you'll get a whole lot more
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