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I purchased this compact flash card for my DSLR as it is a Sony and takes either these or memory stick duo. The card has been very reliable for me and to date has never lost any data or I have never had any data corrupted whilst using it. It works very fast and has no trouble when loading up my pictures and skimming through them on my camera, there is ample space to fit more than enough photos on it, but is also small enough that you can easily pack a spare in your camera bag should you need to. If shooting in high quality jpeg format you can fit over 900 shots on the card, and obviously less for formats such as RAW but still a very decent amount. So this is a huge amount of shots before you would have to think about changing cards. It also came with a nice sized little hard plastic case with a soft pouch to transport it in which was a nice touch. Compact flash cards are comparatively larger than other competitors such as SD but not in such a way that they become prohibitive. The price of flash memory has plummeted over the last couple of years and you can now pick one of these up for a very reasonable price. The only time I have noticed any problems with speed is when taking long exposure photos, afterwards the picture takes a good few seconds to appear on the LCD screen compared to almost instantaneous with a standard shot.
Technology does evolve really quickly! I remember when a 128mb SD card was £80 or so, and now a massive 4.0gb one is only £50!
Anyway, the card. It's a standard SD card and so will fit into your average camera/printer/radio etc. It seems to be made of reasonably high quality plastic with minimum flex - it would be very difficult to snap one of these.
Recording on to this is very easy, and it's also ultra quick at recording - faster than other SD cards I've tried (no more waiting for the darn photos etc to save!).
The 4GB capacity is MASSIVE. Honestly, if you use this in your camera it would take years to fill up. When using it in the radio it provided me with around 8,000 minutes of recording or so, which is plenty for the average person.
If you're looking for an SD card then this is a very good one to buy - it's good value and good quality.
It amazes me at how fast technology has evolved - and also at how fast the priced for these cards has dropped.
I purchsed this from amazon - a store which i seem to use alot. I got it for £40 which i thought was a really good price for 4GB memory.
I use mine in my digital camera, and also sometimes in my computer via my card reader to store data in, and also to transfer data between computers and also to pass onto friends. It is a really useful small card which has a variety of purposes.
This card has never let me down - it is always super fast transferring, deleting and copying files. There has never been any errors within my time of using this card.
I can even set my camera upto multishot and the card always keeps up with the images recording onto the card.
This is highly recommended.
The Sandisk Extreme III 4 GB Compact Flash Card is ideal for digital camera's and camcorders. I needed some extra memory for my digital camera so bought this.
Sandisk have a good reputation in developing flash memory cards so I thought I would go for this. With my digital camera I had a supplied 1GB card which to be honest isn't much when taking high resolution photos, it fill up pretty quick.
The Sandisk SD card is a good size at 4GB storage. It also has ESP technology which basically allows data on the card to be accessed quicker. This is great for fast loading especially when taking photos with a digital camera, as the last thing you want is to wait 1 min to just see the photos you just shot. This simply makes everything that little bit quicker. It can actually access your data at an incredible speed of 20MB per second!
The SD card like all cards is capable of all media storage from MPEG's to JPEG's including files and folders. This SD card also comes with recovery software appropriately named RescuePRO. This lets you easily recover any data on the card from you PC. This can be done in two ways, via your device or a card reader. This SD card has also been tested in the harshest of temperatures from -13º F to 185º F -25º C to 85º C Min 20MB/second. So you know it will perform whatever the weather when usually cold weather slows things down this will stand its ground.
Main functions and features:
- SD Memory Card
- ESP (Enhanced Super Parallel-processing) technology
- Software included, RescuePRO
- 32 x 24 x 2 cm
Overall the Sandisk Extreme III 4 GB Compact Flash Card is perfect to replace your old SD card or simply an upgrade from a lower storage size. You will definitely notice a difference when running this card as it works without any glitch at a good speed too. I got this card from Ebay for around £5 inc. p&p usually retails at around £10.
Compact Flash cards are fast becoming one of the most popular removable mass storage devices in use today. They are possibly one of the great inventions of the digital photographic revolution. A Sandisk card is a pretty versatile item. More and more manufacturers of cameras and other photo related products are providing slots in their devices so that they are compatible with this type of card. You'll find for example that most inkjet printers will now have a Sandisk slot somewhere. As such, it isn't likely that you will have compatibility problems as you'll find this card is usable with a wide range of items such as cameras, music players, PDAs and other electrical devices that require some sort of memory store. As far as speed is concerned it's unlikely you'll be disappointed with a Sandisk card as they are reckoned to be as fast as any others out there on the market. The cards are really quite easy to install. You just push them into the expansion slot located on the side or underside of your camera. You need to make sure that it is the right way around which isn't hard to do as there is a notch on one end which stops you if you do accidentally try to slot in the card in the wrong way round. This is a good design feature as it helps to prevent the owner from damaging the card or wrecking the card slot.
I have had the Sandisk Extreme III 4GB compact flash card for about two three months and have taken about 400 hi-resolution pictures during this time. It has worked fine in the rather damp outdoor conditions we've had to endure recently. Although it should continue to work fine in hot or cold climates (according to the manufacturers Sandisk Extreme III Compact Flash cards are tested in extreme temperature ranges from -13 to +185 degrees Fahrenheit) it has to be pointed out that these types of memory card do break down or wear out eventually so it is always useful to have an extra one in your camera bag or hand bag. In fact an extra card is always useful in case the one you're using becomes full up. Having said that, it will take you a while to use up this 4GB card that should hold nearly 2000 quality photographs with your average 5 megapixel camera. I only have a 6 megapixel camera and have yet to use up all the memory. I suppose the latest 10 megapixel cameras will be more demanding in terms of memory use. If your not to bothered about high resolution images then generally you should be able to store three or four times as many low grade pictures as you can top quality ones. It is important to remember that the total picture count will also be affected by such factors as the complexity of the scene being shot and the compression algorithm used by your specific camera.
One thing I like about using a card like this is that it can save a lot of time as there is no need to mess about with USB cables when it comes to uploading photographs onto your computer so you can print them out. All I do now is just pop the card out of my camera and slot it into my computer (most new home PCs now have Sandisk slots). You can also bypass the computer and just slot the card into a compatible printer in order to print out your pictures direct or take it along to a high street photographic print shop (I don't think you can call them 'developers' anymore).
There are a number of useful features that come with this card. A minimum of 20MB/sec sequential write and read speed allows you to for faster capture large image files more quickly and also leads to faster viewing of images and faster data transfer rates - though I doubt you'll notice any difference from other cards. The card also comes packaged with a mini-CD for data recovery software called RescuePRO. This allows you to recover photos that are accidentally deleted. Fortunately I've not had to use it yet and I hope I never will.
Storage Capacity: 4 GB
Read Speed: 133x (20MB Per Sec)
Write Speed: 133x (20MB Per Sec)
Dimensions: 36.4mm x 42.8mm x 3.3mm
At present the price for this Sandisk can vary quite a lot on line from anywhere between £30 and £60 so it is advised to shop around.
I bought 2 of the sandisk extreme 111 4 gig cards before going on holiday with my canon eos 350d camera(also reviewed).
There isnt that much to say about flash cards to be honest,this card does exactly what youd expect it to at the price.
They write very fast and the frames per second rate on my camera has never been slowed by the card.The memory size is great and allows me enough space to shoot 300+ large jpeg plus RAW shots on my camera,the exact amount obviously depends on your camera settings etc.
As a high end,top quality card at a high end price it doesnt dissapoint,if you want reliable,quick reading cards that will last you for years,then these cards are for you!