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The fact that I shoot photographs in the high quality 'RAW' format (rather than as compressed JPEG files), means that I frequently end up with photos that are of multiple megabytes. Of course, this also means that small capacity SD cards don't really cut the mustard, and I'm always on the lookout for reliable high capacity cards. As i've used Lexar cards in the past, I decided to stick with the brand and invest in their 8gb 133x SDHC - but how does it perform? At this stage of the review it's important to note that the card is of the 'SDHC' variety, which means that although it's of exactly the same dimensions as the standard SD, you'll need to make sure that your card reader is SDHC compatible (many of the older ones aren't).
Appearance and Price + Speed
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Although appearance should perhaps be the least of you concerns when buying a memory card (don't judge a book by its cover!), the Lexar's design is quite striking with a gold label featuring black trim. In terms of the cost, the card is available from amazon.co.uk for £17.40 - personally, I would argue that the price offers very good value for money when you firstly consider the huge capacity, and secondly the trustworthy nature of the Lexar brand. The card's speed is very impressive - it's able to write HD video from my Nikon camera without any problems, and also comfortably maintain a continuous shooting mode (stills) of over three frames per second. Officially, the speed is marked at 133x, which works out at a claimed 20mb per second velocity. In my own tests I would argue that the write speed is closer to 17 or 18 mb/s, but that probably down to the individual nuances of the equipment I'm using the card in.
Reliability & Final Word
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Reliability wise, I would argue that the Lexar brand is second to none - i've used a number of Lexar cards in the past, and they haven't ever let me down with corrupted files or card errors. To further add peace of mind, the card comes with a twelve month manufacturer's warranty - although in the time that I've owned the card, I'm happy to report that it hasn't given me any problems whatsoever. Overall then, I can only award the Lexar 8gb 133x SDHC card five stars due to general reliability, speed, and the fact that £17 is a small price to pay when you consider the huge capacity.
Trusted by professional photographers, the Lexar Professional 133x Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory card is designed for sustained, rapid-fire picture taking, and provides high-capacity, high-speed performance and reliability to bring out the ultimate performance in your SDHC-enabled DSLR equipment.
The Lexar Professional 133x SDHC card is ideal for advanced photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who demand optimal performance from both the memory card and SDHC-enabled DSLR camera they use. This high-speed card is capable of minimum sustained write speeds of 20MB per second, which means your camera won't stop until you do. The incredibly fast read / write speeds of the Lexar Professional SDHC fully leverage your camera's high-speed processor and accelerate image download times, making it a top choice among professional photographers.
The Lexar Professional 133x SDHC card includes Lexar Image Rescue software, which reliably recovers most photo, video, and audio files, even if they've been erased or the card has been corrupted. The software can also reformat the card, securely delete images, and report on the overall condition of the card, so you can ensure it's in perfect working order for your next shoot. What's more, you can sketch, paint, and transform your photos into stunning works of art with a 6-month subscription to Corel Painter Essentials 4. Both are available for free download with purchase of the card.
Capable of sustained read / write speeds of 20MB per second, the Lexar Professional SDHC card speeds up capture times, improves download times, and gives you faster recycle time, to eliminate waiting between shots. With large capacities and valuable free software, the Lexar Professional 133x SDHC card is the ideal all-in-one solution to your storage needs.
|Product Description:||Lexar Professional - flash memory card - 8 GB - SDHC|
|Product Type:||Flash memory card|
|Speed Rating:||Class 10 - 133x|
|Storage Capacity:||8 GB|
|Form Factor:||SDHC Memory Card|
|Software Included:||Lexar Image Rescue|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Limited lifetime warranty|