Since I began using a digital SLR, I've found myself requiring larger and larger capacity memory cards in order to store the multi-megapixel files that my camera produces. Not only do I look for a high capacity when shopping for a memory card, but I also look for a reliable brand - there's nothing worse than putting a card into your card reader only to find that the shots you lovingly composed throughout the day have been annoyingly wiped.
Today i'm taking a look at the Kingston Ultimate 133x 8GB SDHC, which i've now owned for around five months and have found to be very respectable in terms of its performance. I would argue that Kingston isn't classed as a top-tier brand in the world of SD memory - but they're a brand that I trust, having used many reliable Kingston cards in the past.
Price, Specifications, Performance, & Speed
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Price-wise, the Kingston Ultimate 8GB currently retails are £14.99 at amazon.co.uk - working out at roughly £1.90 per gigabyte which is by no means bad. As it's an SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card, you'll have to make sure that your camera or card reader is SDHC (rather than just standard SD) compatible - to be honest, most devices made in the last five years are, so it's unlikely you'll have a problem.
In terms of the speed, the card is rated as class 6 - which in layman's terms means that data can be written to it continuously at six megabytes per second. In use, the card is plenty fast enough for my needs, and is able to run the highly demanding continuous shooting mode on my Nikon DSLR. When it comes to reliability, the Kingston hasn't let me down - i've used it hundreds of times and not encountered any issues.
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Overall I would recommend the Kingston Ultimate 8GB SDHC as a great memory card which is available at a smaller cost than the Lexar and Sandisk branded SDs on the market - it does everything it is supposed to do in an efficient manner and I have no complaints.