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Reliability is my primary concern when buying an SD card, closely followed by speed - and I've found that cards made by Kingston often have both. Unfortunately, the card I'm reviewing today (Kingston's 512mb SD) is small in capacity, having been bought a few years ago when 512mb wasn't seen as such a meager figure.
In terms of its price, the card can be bought from Amazon for £2 - cheap, yes; but would anyone want such a limited storage space these days? When I bought the card a few years back it retailed at £15, which just goes to show how the price of memory has fallen now that larger capacities are feasible.
Specifications & Performance
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Speed-wise, the Kingston can write data at three megabytes per second, and read at four megabytes per second. These figures are a little slow compared to some of the other SD cards which I use (take for example, Lexar's 133x twenty megabyte per second SD card) - but then this Kingston card costs a lot less. I mainly used the card for transferring small amounts of data from my iMac to my MacBook, and it's perfectly suited to the task - however, I've found that the card is a little too slow for professional use in my Nikon SLR camera (as is the 2GB & 4GB versions of the same product, which I also own).
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Although it's got an extremely small capacity (by today's standards at least) Kinston's 512mb SD card is a reliable product which can be purchased extremely cheaply; similarly, it's quick enough for everyday use. From the perspective of reliability, the Kingston has been excellent, and I'm happy to report no problems on that front - recommended.
I love photography and have always had a digital camera since they have been out because there is nothing better to me than the memories of a good time. I love to take a lot of photos and used to have a Kodak memory card but even at 106 pictures this didnt seem like enough anymore as I want to travel a lot next year and seem to be taking lots of photos at once and on nights out can take up to 70 easily. This is when I started to think that I may want a newer memory card and I have also noticed theyre not even really that expensive anymore. I have the Kodak Z650 which I have reviewed in the past and the internal memory is roughly anything between 15-30 images which is very poor for a camera like that but Im guessing they assume youll buy a memory card.
I was looking around at different sizes of memory cards and looked at other brands like Kodak and so on but the Kingston ones seemed to be coming up a lot in my searches and I had heard of them before for USB drives and they seem to have a good name behind them. Their memory cards come in all sizes from 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and the one I have 512MB which is probably one of the smallest but it is fine for me for now.
Most Kodak cameras will accept an SD card but there are other types as you will see when you go to print off your photos. On the side of my camera is a door and there is a slot for the camera where you just click in your SD card and then the memory mounts up instantly. I also know that my laptop is SD compatible and so I just slide the card into the slot at the side and then my photos load up without the hassle of a USB cable. I know most Dell laptops come with this slot and I have a Sony Vaio so Im guessing most of those do too.
With a memory card it is easy to use you insert it and on my camera it goes from about 20 photos to 268 as soon as the card goes in which for me right now is more than enough pictures. It just means I dont need to delete too many and can do that later with having more space. At anytime you want you can just go to internal memory or switch back to memory card. The thing is with photos stored on your memory card you can print them off and delete them and so on easily.
The SD cards like most memory cards are quite small about 3cm x 2cm big but if you just keep it in your camera most of the time then you shouldnt really lose it. My card is a small rectangle shape and on the top right corner it is cut off to be slanted. The label on it is of the sea, a landscape view and over this is the white text saying Kingston 512MB. There is also a little arrow on the card which makes it obvious which way you insert the card into your equipment.
As said above this card can be inserted into all photo printing machines which makes taking pictures easy because you no longer have to wait a day to get photos back worrying about damaged negative. As soon as the card is inserted it tells you how many photos are on the card, you can then view each individually and edit them. You also choose how many of each photo you want and the size. You can also delete photos after they have been printed to save up space.
The good thing is once the photos are on your memory card you can give others the memory card to borrow if they want to print photos off. A thing I have also recently figured out is that if you have saved photos from peoples albums on say Facebook, you can drag these onto your memory card when it is in your laptop and any jpeg files onto your memory card and get them printed off to. This means that once a photo is deleted off your card that doesnt end the possibility of it being able to get printed off because if it is still on your PC you can just open the memory card folder and drag your desired picture back onto the card to get it printed.
The price of these cards has dropped phenomenally, a few years ago for a 256MB card which is only 100 pictures I was paying £25 but for this 512MB card for 250 pictures more I only paid £7.90.
This card can be bought here at http://www.ukdigital.co.uk. However I have noticed Amazon selling 2GB cards at £4.28 which is an even better deal.
For now 512MB is fine for me but no doubt next summer when I decide to travel itll only cost me a few pounds to upgrade to gigabytes easily
This is a memory card that comes in handy when you run out the space in your card. The high storage capacity means one can get more than 700 images (at 1.8 Mps) stored in a tiny stamp-liked object!
Of course, then, you can transfer to your PC or other devices. With its fast data transfer rates, it takes a little time to do so.
I dropped my card accidentally into some water. That, too when I didn't push in the data lock! After drying the card and the contact point, I could still use it like usual! Of course, don't drop it on purpose!
Buying Flash memory can leave one sat in a ravine of terrifying proportions. On one side is the towering cliff of temptation offering cheap memory from an unknown brand in the Far East. Ebay of course offers the best and cheapest source of this incredibly good value memory. But what of this route
? Often those that take this route are surprised at the expenses occurred in the purchase. For example, did you know items purchased from Ebay from Hong Kong and China can be subject to on the spot duty as they are delivered. This can add substantially to the overall cost and eradicate the advantage of importing from abroad. Indeed the price itself can be misleading. Cheap memory imported is often sold for as little as one penny but once the postage and packaging and the compulsory postal insurance have been added the price is not far different from a UK supplier. And then of course
the unknown, unbranded memory may well go wrong
its a long way back to the far east for a return!
And what of the other side of this ravine? Well, there stands the impressive and towering cliff of standard UK shop prices. Take a look at any high street store and weep when you see those inflated prices making the smaller flash memory cards look more attractive than ever you thought possible.
Now, enter the boat to freedom riding down the ravine towards you is the safety crew of Kingston Memory and their well priced and reliable brand of memory.
Kingston have been supplying components and specialising in memory for many years. They are a brand name within the United Kingdom and have UK support numbers and addresses providing a life raft if the memory boat seems to go under.
I purchased my 512Mb SD card from Kingston in November 2004. The card is still functioning with no errors and providing reliable storage space for my digital images. It is fast memory and every bit the equal of the overpriced SD Cards available in high street stores. Price wise, it sat exactly mid way between the prices of imported unbranded memory and the price of high street memory. I made the purchase online and the order was processed quickly and efficiently with the card arriving securely packaged.
I recommend Kingston for memory due to their price, reliability and service. Personally I also score them bonus points as a supplier for being UK based and still managing to heavily undercut high street memory prices.
I hope this review has been useful for you and look forward to reading your comments.
Kingston's standard Secure Digital (SD) memory cards combine massive storage capacity, blazing data transfer rates and ironclad security in a memory card no bigger than a postage stamp. With an excellent price-to-performance value, Kingston's SD cards are ideal expansion option for the smallest of devices including MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs, smartphones and more.
For added reliability and durability, Kingston's solid-state SD memory cards are built of nonvolatile memory components and have no moving parts to wear out or break.
Quickly and easily download and transfer digital files between various digital devices, a computer and the Internet. An SD memory card reader (not included) makes it easy to upload files from an SD memory card to a computer.
|Product Description:||Kingston flash memory card - 512 MB - SD|
|Product Type:||Flash memory card|
|Storage Capacity:||512 MB|
|Form Factor:||SD Memory Card|
|Supply Voltage:||3.3 V|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Limited lifetime warranty ( Germany, Austria and France - 10 years )|