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I purchased this memory card for my digital camera a few years ago from Amazon. I was a bit dubious if to buy it at first as when it comes to cameras and technology i haven't a clue what brands are the best quality. After a bit of indecisiveness i took the plunge and bought it, it was a really cheap price- something like £6 with delivery so if it wasn't the best of quality then i wouldn't be too devastated at the money wasted. I know you can return things, but i do believe products that contain media files once opened can not be returned unless faulty- so i took a bit of a gamble and went for it regardless.
The memory card itself is no bigger then an inch long and wide and no thicker then a two pence piece. It has a tiny little yellow switch on it which is handy for removing all the data from the card, however you have to be careful not to accidently do this as you could lose all your photographs! Its made from plastic and has little metal prongs on the top, when the memory card is inserted into the camera it clicks into place and i presume its these prongs that connect to the camera that transfer the data. It came packaged in thick plastic with instructions on the back of the card insert inside. The instructions are pretty basic, but a memory card is self explanatory so i can't see anyone finding them inadequate. Depending on how many pixels your camera is the card can store thousands of photos. My first camera was 7.1 megapixel and the memory card would allow for 2000 photos to be stored on it.
* Good quality
* Stores plenty of photos
* Easy to install
Now there is only one negative for this memory card, if I'm honest I'm not sure if its my camera or the card- although in my opinion its the card as the camera functions a lot faster when using its internal memory. Basically, when taking photos there can sometimes be a slight delay before they are processes and i can take another photo. Sometimes its not that long and sometimes the delay seems like a good few seconds.
Overall i am happy with this purchase, i would still recommend it to a friend and if i ever need another memory card i will more then happily purchase this brand again.
Basic product specs (as copied from Amazon)
Product Type: Flash memory card
Speed Rating: Class 2
Storage Capacity: 4 GB
Form Factor: SDHC Memory Card
What is is it?
SDHC (which stands for Secure Digital High-Capacity) is a new type of Flash memory card which provides reliable, removable memory storage for compatible digital devices such as cameras and camcorders.
The Kingston website states that these cards were designed to accommodate the increasing use of HD video and high resolution photography, which have demanding transfer rates. As a result the new SDHC cards 'guarantee a minimum sustained data transfer speed, not a maximum speed'. So basically In simple terms, that means fast transfer speeds between devices!
There are three available speeds (categorised as classes) of SHDC cards - Class 2, Class 4 and Class 6. And as I understand it, Class 2 is the slowest and class 6 is the fastest.
How is an SHDC different to an SD card?
It can be a bit confusing to work out what the differences are between an SHDC card and a SD card. To be honest, I didn't even know the difference myself when I brought my card and I was lucky that it worked on both my camera and computer.
However, it's important to point out that whilst both SHDC's and SD's are primarily used for storing data, they do have different features and capabilities.
A bit of googling told me that the main differences between the two are in size and speed. So basically an SHDC card will be able to store more files (with memory ranging from about 4GB to 32GB) than an SD card (which normally only goes up to about 2GB) and it will transfer your data quicker!
What I use it for?
I brought this particular card for my Canon Powershot A470 camera a bit less than a year ago now. I've had several Kingston cards in the past and had no complaints which is why I brought this one, which has a higher GB than any other memory card that I've ever brought for my camera before.
As already stated, SHDC's can store much more data than SD's can and as a student studying photography, this was very useful for me! Sometimes I was taking literally 100's of photos per photo-shoot and needed something higher than a 2GB card to be able to handle all this data. That is why I brought this card.
I'm also terrible at deleting old photographs from my camera so the extra GB comes in useful, allowing me to take more photos without the dreaded 'memory card full' message appearing!
Easy to use?
Yes, it slots easily into the memory card slot in my camera and has plug and play capabilities, meaning it can be placed into the card reader slot on my laptop and read easily and quickly.
Now I got lucky here because I didn't check out compatibility before I brought it but this works perfectly on my camera and computer. I've read lots of negative reviews on this product from people who didn't check compatibility before buying so please check first, this is really important!
One thing to definitely check before buying is If the card reader slot on your computer has an SDHC logo. If it doesn't then its possibly not SDHC compatible and will only read cards up to 2GB capacity (SD's). I think it's mostly newer PC's that will have an SDHC slot because this is still a fairly new technology.
A good way to check is to use the 'My Memory' website (http://www.mymemory.co.uk/) which helpfully has a list of camera models which work with this card.
As long as you do your research before buying then compatibility will not be an issue.
It's a relatively inexpensive card to buy and I think it represents good value for money considering its storage capabilities.
You shouldn't pay more than £10 for one. The cheapest prices seem to be around £4/£5 but in most places it's priced at about £6/7.
I've never had an issues with this card but recommend researching the product before buying as it doesn't always work with older devices. Otherwise, I'd highly recommend this, especially to those who like taking lots of photographs. It's easy to use, has fast transfer rates, can hold literally thousands or several hundred (depending on cameras megapixels) pictures at a time and is relatively cheap and good value for money.