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Kingston 2 GB SD Memory Card

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      06.07.2010 22:20
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      Reasonably priced SD

      SD cards - the modern day equivalent of camera film. But what is the benefit of buying an expensive SD card over a cheap one? Well, there are two things really - firstly, it's a question of reliability. A general rule of thumb is that the memory cards that you can pick for pennies shouldn't always be trusted - I made the mistake of storing some photos on a card made by 'Optron' once, and returned to find the SD empty with a "card error" message on the camera - lesson learned... Op-tron... photos gone...! The branded SD cards of this world are less likely to fail you, which is why I generally go for makes like Lexar.

      ---------------------------------Better = Faster?---------------------------------

      Secondly, better SD cards usually offer faster read and write speeds - which, in the example of photographic use, will be one of the factors in determining how quickly your camera will take and store a shot before allowing you to take another one. When you're shooting a movie, write speed is incredibly important, as a slow SD card may not be able to write data quickly enough - the result will be that your camera will simply stop recording.

      ---------------------------------Kingston Town---------------------------------

      At this point, it should be pointed out that the Kingston 2GB SD which I am reviewing today neither falls into the cheaper category of memory cards or the more expensive, it's a more of a mid-range product that is much more trusted than Optron, yet reasonably priced and representing a decent budget option.

      The card itself is very cheap at only £4.15 from amazon.co.uk - but does it do the job? To be honest, the answer is 'yes and no'. Yes, I have found the product to be reliable (Kingston Technology is a make that I trust), but it isn't fast enough for professional use. It may be a generalisation, but when an SD card doesn't state its write-speed on the label, then you know it's probably quite slow. Normally, when using my Nikon D90 I can shoot around four frames per second (fps) in continuous bust mode until my Lexar 133x card is full - whereas with the Kingston, it will take twenty or so at 4fps, and then slow down to around 1fps. It's not a bad performing card by any means - just not suitable for high-speed action photography.

      ------------------------------------Final Word------------------------------------

      At the end of the day, although it isn't the fastest, Kingston Technology's 2gb SD is a reliable product which most users will find to be perfect for everyday use. For the price it is especially good value, and certainly much better that the ultra low-budget brands which have flooded the market - recommended.


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