Please note that this is a SDHC (Secure Digital High-Capacity) memory card, and you need to ensure that your digital camera or other device is able to support cards of this format before purchasing.
Whatever your needs, when it comes to selecting a memory card you're spoilt for choice. Produced by countless manufactures, they come in a huge number of varieties ranging in size and speed. Despite the range of memory cards on the market, there are several manufactures that most people tend to have heard off, brands such as SanDisk, Panasonic, and Fujifilm. This 4 Gb SDHC memory card is from Intenso, and despite the fact that I had never heard of them, or used any of their products in the past, I was still looking forward to trying out this card.
For a SDHC memory card, this Intenso offers good value for money, and prices start at only £5.99. To help keep the cost of this card down it comes only with a small plastic carry case, while other cards may come with a micromate card reader, or recovery software. While I was perfectly happy to receive a 'bare' card, you should bare this in mind when looking for a memory card.
But at the end of the day is this memory card any good?
Attempting to use the card in my DSLR camera was a nightmare and a great disappointment. At first my camera didn't even want to format the card, I had to format in on my computer, put it back in my camera and then format it again. The main problem I came across is that the time it takes to write an image to the card is ridiculously slow, especially with RAW files, where you'll be waiting between seven and ten seconds per photograph. Just for comparison my normal SanDisk Extreme 3 cards manage to write photographs pretty much instantly. While taking one photo, the entire camera froze up and gave me a 'memory error' my only solution was to remove the battery from my camera, resulting in a corrupt file on the card. After taking several test shots it became clear that the card really can't keep up and at one point I ended up with another corrupt file on the card (I'm guessing it resulted from trying to take more than one photo every ten seconds.) Thankfully it was just the test shot that I lost, and not a real one click chance of a picture.
Despite all of this I didn't give up, and decided to try the memory card in my older less demanding compact digital camera. I was surprised to find that it not only supported the card, but the fact that it performed as it was designed to do. While it wasn't any faster than the SD cards I used to use with the compact, it wasn't any slower either, and after taking a few dozen test shots, I came to the conclusion that it was working without any problems.
At this point I considered that it might just be my DSLR that didn't like the card, and that maybe there was nothing wrong with the card at all. So I decided to try it out on a friend's DSLR (I have a Nikon camera and he has a Sony) and his camera had the exact same problems when using this it. I'm not sure if the card (for some reason) can't work with popular models of DSLR's, if these models don't like the card, or for another strange reason.
While it worked fine in my older camera, as I said it was no faster than my older memory cards - which was a disappointment considering that SDHC cards are generally considered faster in operation. Unfortunately I didn't have another compact that I could try for comparison .
After taking photographs on to the memory card the next task was to transfer the pictures from the over to the computer. I always do this via a card reader, and it was easy and just a quick as more expensive brands. However I did try to copy some data from my computer over to the card, which was very, very slow to do.
My intention was to use this card with my DSLR, but sadly it can't hold a candle against the (slightly) more expensive rivals. Considering that the card seems to hang, and at times even freeze, I wouldn't be happy trusting it with my photos.
Rating this memory card has been difficult because on my hand it worked and on the other hand it didn't. If your thinking of using this memory card for a DSLR I would say forget it, but if you're on a budget and are willing to risk using it with a compact digital camera, and really can't afford anything else then this card might be worth considering.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)