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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.