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I seem to have quite a few of these lying around in my drawer after accumulating them for use in various cameras through the years. Now Kingston have always been synonymous with memory based products, from usb sticks right through to memory cards such as the Kingston 1 GB SD version. And with that sort of heritage, it is no wonder that they are a trusted manufacturer where many of us have put our complete faith in the company's technical ability to safely store our most precious files and photos on these tiny pieces of plastic.
But what are these marvellous pieces of plastic that we rely on so heavily? An SD (or Secure Digital) card is basically a small bit of plastic that is slightly larger than a postage stamp and about 2mm thick. On the top, it will probably have the brand label and size. In the case of these cards, the plastic is blue and the words Kingston and SD are on the front, along with the details 1GB to indicate the size. Behind the words there is a sort of countryside picture of a lake with some woods or hills in the background.
So from the top, it doesn't look anything special. But turning it over reveals the first signs that there is some technical piece of wizardry contained within, because you'll notice the 9 copper connects moulded into the bottom of the card at one end, and this is where the connection takes place between the card and your camera or your computer to transfer files to and from this card. Inside the card out of sight are the technical bits that effectively makes this card a tiny little memory bank. It even has its' own security system on the side of the card in the form of a switch, where you can slide it to the 'locked' position which will mean that you cannot delete any of the files on the card, thus protecting them on the card. Such is the Kingston's confidence in the quality of their products that they even offer a lifetime guarantee with these particular SD cards.
I originally bought this particular card from Amazon some while back. As I mentioned before, I tend to use them in those little pocket cameras that you get, of which we had 2, and the 1Gb size was more than enough to cope with the 5Mp resolution of the cameras, meaning we could store loads of pictures with ease. Price wise they were about £3 to £4 per card, which was probably towards the bottom end of the price range back then (about 2 years ago), but then these are budget range cards - average speed and performance. They probably won't suit the likes of the more demanding performance applications in the DSLR market (unless you are not particularly bothered about the speed), but they are ideally suited to the pocket camera market where the performance requirements will be less.
In use, I have never experienced any problems with them at all. They store pictures easily, and transferring files to and from the card is a breeze when I've used the card reading slot on my computer.
In summary, even though much of the SD market has moved beyond the 1Gb capacity requirement, now moving up to 2 Gb, 4 Gb and beyond, these cards are still holding their own in the lower end of the media applications arena. Even though they are only budget cards, they are backed by a lifetime guarantee and hence, you can use them in your pocket cameras with complete confidence.
There are so many different SD cards on the market these days that it's difficult to know which one is best suited to your personal needs. The cards which frequently come bundled free with cameras are often cheap and unreliable models, so it's certainly worth investing in a better one. Today i'm looking at the Kingston 1GB model, which although not a top of the range SD, offers a high level of reliability for the measly price of £4.
Due to the fact that the card's speed (the rate at which it can read and write data) isn't displayed on the label, my initial assumption was that the Kingston SD was quite slow. However, I always do a test to determine a SD's speed by popping it into my Nikon D90 SLR camera, and subsequently taking a series of shots on burst (continuous shooting) mode - and this returned some slightly surprising results. The card managed around four frames per seconds for fifteen seconds or so, before eventually settling down to a more leisurely pace. No, the Kingston SD card doesn't match my Lexar 133x IGB SD in terms of speed, but the results aren't *massively* different. Where the card may suffer is when used inside a video camera (especially when recording HD video), as it may not be able to write data quickly enough, and the end result could be a potentially abrupt end to the recording.
Overall, I recommend Kingston Technology's 1GB SD card as a reliable option for those on a budget. The card is perfect for everyday consumer camera use, although professionals who need to take a high number of shots in a short space of time may want to look elsewhere. I have used a number of SD cards made by Kingston over the years, all of which I have found to be reliable and efficient - the 1GB SD is no exception.
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Product Type: Flash memory card
Storage Capacity: 1 GB
Form Factor: SD Memory Card
Supply Voltage: 3.3 V
Manufacturer Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty ( Germany, Austria and France - 10 years )
When I first got a digital camera, I didn't know I had to have a memory card in it, as the camera itself came with a very low amount of internal memory! I was on a trip out with friends when someone told me that I would need one, so I stopped at Tesco when we passed to see what they have in the way of SD memory cards.
Turns out that Tesco had quite a range of SD cards, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money nor did I mind what brand the SD card was, just so long as it was 1GB or higher, as this was what I had been recommended to buy. I found the Kingston 1 GB SD Card, for just under £5 and compared to the prices of most other SD cards in the store, this was a total bargain, so I bought it.
The SD card itself is blue, with a small picture of what appears to be a lake next to some lush woods and the Kingston Logo printed on it. The memory size and the type of memory card is also printed on the front. There is a small switch on the side of the memory card that you can use to lock the card should you wish to protect the photos that are on the card.
The card slides into my camera just perfectly, and it also fits great into the memory card reader on my laptop. I have had this SD card now for about 3 or 4 years and *touch wood* it has never let me down or caused me any problems. All my photos are safely stored on the card until I choose to remove them, and it is so easy to transfer my photos to my laptop, PC or to a printing device. I have only a couple of times managed to fill up the memory card, and I do take quite a lot of photos, but if you take an exceedingly large amount of photos, I would recommend going for a higher storage capability than this 1 GB memory card.
As I said before, I bought my one in Tesco, where I believe it is still available. You can also buy it in other supermarkets, some camera shops, Amazon and in some places like Dixons, Comet Currys etc. I paid less than £5 for mine, but some places may over charge you, be sure to look around for the best price.
All in all, I really could not ask for a better memory card than the Kingston 1 GB SD Card. It has served its purpose perfectly, and it is still happily doing its job to this day, and hopefully for many more years to come. I totally recommend this memory card, and its even more brilliant when you consider the low cost of this SD card!
*This review is also on Ciao under the Name of Hailee*
I have used many, many cards in my time usually from other companies as they are recommended by my camera manufacturer. But i thought id give these a try,
these were packaged very professionally and come in a little plastic case for protection and anti static. The plastic material its made from is a solid material, it is not flimsey or bendy at all.
On the use of this card it was really fast, capturing the images was nice and fast needing no time to buffer read or write. I can flick through the images really fast and the card keeps up with me. This can also be handy if your using a consecutive shot mode, you can capture one picture after the other without there being any delay, so this card will not let you down in any way.
this is highly recommended, nice solid, fast card which you can rely on.
I purchased this memory card approx 1 year ago. Overall it has been a very reliable card. I have used it for mainly for digital photography in a range of digital cameras. While it has been reliable in terms of not having one instance of corrupt data, for certain tasks the card is too slow. Inserting the card into a 4 megapixel camera with JPEG compression, the results are satisfactory. However for those who are more serious about photography and want to take pictures in RAW mode, this card is too slow with a delay of at least 5-7 seconds between each shot. This is very inconvenient.
Overall for anyone who just needs a cheap SD flash memory card for standard JPEG pictures this card is more than fine but with anyone with a more advanced camera who wants to take pictures in RAW mode I recommend using an SDHC flash memory card.
What more can be said about this memory "its great" ive owned mine for some time now and use mine for saving all my mp3 tracks for playback with my sd card player. i have never encounted any problems with it and the quality is fairly good. it also holds about 340 songs which is plenty of space . overall if you need a cheap reliable memory source for your work or media i fully recomed this media.
I bought this card for my digital camera. the one that came origanally with it didnt have much memory.
This is a great little card...my digital camera is 6 megapixels and i can store around 400 photos at one time..you can either keep your photos on the card or store them onto your comuter which is easy all you gotta do is plug it in the memory card reader and your photos will come up..
it also comes with a lil case that wil keep it safe.
i bought mine from amazon for around £10..but this was a while back..now i think they are going for around a pound..which is really cheap
The memory card no bigger than a postage stamp.
this is a Great card..perfect for your digital cameras or some phones..its easy to use and i had no problems with it
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