I have had this sd card for many years now, I have no idea how much was paid for it because it was given to me as a present with my camera a few Christmas ago. When I first got it the space was more than enough, but these days I tend to take a lot of photos and this little memory isn't enough.
It looks pretty plain, it's blue and tells you how much memory you have to use, it tells you it's an sd card and you can also lock the memory card. All features you would expect on an sd card! It's nothing special, but not bad. Just a good looking memory card.
Does it work:
It works well, you can easily place it in your camera or any device that needs an sd card for extra memory. They are very simple to use. When you place it in your camera, you can set your camera to save onto the card, you can then put this card in the sd slot in your pc and browse the photos you have taken. It's easy to take them off the card and you can manage your photos easily. You can also use this to transfer files from one computer to another. It's very simple to use.
For the amount of photos I take these days there just isn't enough space, it's basically half a gig. A few years back this would have been ok, but you can easily buy 8gb memory cards for a cheap price. I use this as my back up spare, I keep it in my camera bag If I fill up my memory card. I recently bought a 32gb card for around £20 online, it's much more useful and you don't ever run out of memory.
I haven't had any problems with the card itself, just the lack of space available on it, it works well and has never corrupted. They would be better for children or if you only deal with small files. You could use it to back up small data files. They work well and are worth getting, you could buy one of these for a very cheap price these days, there isn't as much value on smaller cards like there used to be! This has given me good service over the years and still works. Sandisk is a decent company and I find there products to be to a high standard :)
I have a LOT of photos & videos on my computer mostly of my one year old son and also hundreds of others I've accumulated over the years and when it comes to these types of files I am very careful to have them saved somewhere on some type of media storage as back up in case they are ever lost from my computer. I own a few different digital cards like this one to house my growing memories, but I have to say if I'd purchased a card with a bigger capacity than this one originally, then I wouldn't need to have so many different cards!
It was almost 2 years ago when I bought this Sandiskcard for around £12 in a shop in town, I knew that the 512MB capacity it was offering wasn't exactly huge but the bigger sized cards (2, 4 & 8GB) were quite expensive at the time so I figured I would just settle for this one for now and see how far it got me. Well not that far is the answer, considering the vast amount of files I needed to save, I had to plough through and pick out my favourites to save just for now.
Capacity aside, the card is easy to use and slides nicely into the memory card slot of my digital camera. The content of the card loads up practically straight away so it is very efficient. It has also been greatly reliable as the photos I have saved on the card from 2 years ago are still in tact and still load up quickly, so there have been no mishaps with this card. I have also been able to use it any pretty much anyone's digital camera that I've tried which is good.
The problem now is that the price of the much bigger capacity Digital cards has came down dramatically since my purchase of this one and I can now buy a 4GB card or more for around a fiver, which really puts the £12 I paid for this to shame! From what I've gathered this card tends to cost around £8 now online which is still more than some of the bigger cards available. So it goes without saying it is much better value for money to buyer a bigger capacity card which I now do and this saves me from having several different cards to hunt through when I'm trying to track down a specific photo!
'512 MB!' they exclaimed. 'That's tiny!'
The world of memory cards and data cards and flash drives has exploded. Why? Well, the technology is increasing, and cameras are able to do so much more year upon year, that it just ends up taking up a lot more 'room' in order to have the all singing all dancing levels of quality for your photos and videos these days. Believe it or not, I still have in my possession a card that's about twice the size of a standard memory card such as this SanDisk, and it's only about 50 MB in terms of memory. That used to be a pretty decent size card!
Nowadays, we have cards that range up to multiple GB of storage space, with the only limitation being that you may find it hard for the technology to be able to embrace it. My Canon 750i camcorder won't support anything over a 2GB card, and it must be SD and not SDHC. When you're considering slating a 512 MB card, it's important to remember that some cameras which although old are still decent, may only support cards of this size.
So, what's it for? Well, the main thing this is used for is digital cameras. The shape of the card hasn't changed even though the memory capacities have rocketed. An SD card is rectangular with a little nick off the top corner, and slots quite easily into your digital camera. It's pretty universal, although many Sony products require their own shape of cards so be aware of this if you're looking for a card for the latest Sony camera. I find that this card is equally useful in a camcorder, although you're limiting yourself to how much footage you can actually fit onto a 512 MB card.
What room is there on it? If you persist and use this in a camcorder, then you're likely to only get about half an hour of footage on it, and that's with an older camcorder. The newer ones that support high definition filming and give a better quality will result in even less time. In terms of photos, you're likely to get anywhere between 150 and 800 or so, again depending on the quality of your photos. Just note that the higher the quality of image or video, then the more memory it will take up.
If you already have a 512 MB card, then there's no reason to get rid of it, or even change it so long as you just take a few photos here and there. If you're out and about on a regular basis and want to take hundreds of photos, then it stands to reason to get yourself a higher capacity card. I tend to use 2 GB or 4 GB cards, and I combine photos and videos and don't necessarily transfer them on a regular basis. Really, this card is a great one for kids or for people who don't really need much memory at all, but for the majority of camera users, you'll find it's just not big enough.
It doesn't even reflect a good value in terms of cost. There's no particular incremental price for cards this low in memory. In fact, a 512 MB card can easily cost more than a 2 GB one, depending on where you look. On this basis, I wouldn't bother with it, I'd go straight for the higher memory capacity, assuming it's the same brand.
Does the brand of card actually matter? Well, I can't say I've had bad experiences with any particular brand of memory card. A SanDisk card is certainly the most common of this type of memory storage that you'll find, and the majority of people seem to use it. This speaks for itself, and so I'd recommend looking at this brand as long as the prices weigh in the balance. There's a locking option on the side, which means you can protect the contents of the card if you'd rather no one deleted or added to it. This is particularly handy if you have kids who like to pick the camera up, have a play and accidentally delete the contents of your card. I suppose with a 512 MB card, there's less chance of losing so much! I also find SanDisk cards to be robust and they read quickly. I rarely have issue with the time taken to either load the contents of the card or perform transfers. Another plus here.
If you're looking to get a new card, then I don't recommend the 512 MB - there's no real point when you consider that the same brand but with higher memory capacity actually can cost less. If you have one and aren't sure whether to bother using it or not, it's always handy to have a spare card or even to have one that you can use regularly, so don't completely disregard it. Just don't bother to buy one brand new, is all.
Even though I only have one digital camera, I have tons of memory cards for various reasons (freebies, gifts, higher capacity, higher class varieties and so on).
This Sandisk SD 512MB memory card was the first memory card I ever had (not surprising by the small capacity!), and I've found it to be a reliable and trustworthy choice. The memory card is designed for use in digital cameras, and simple slots into the memory card slot in the side to give you extra memory to store your photos. I believe it can also be used by card readers and even some printers, but I've always transferred the pictures to my computer using a Kodak Easyshare or Panasonic TZ7 camera. It's an SD card rather than an SDHC card, which as far as I know means it will work in all devices which support SD cards, but won't provide the speeds that newer SDHC cards offer.
How many photos can it store?
Obviously this depends on the size and resolution of the photos you're taking. With my old Kodak Easy Share, it did manage a few hundred pictures. The official guidelines state it can store between 150ish photos to 860 odd, depending. However, as I now have a much more demanding camera, I've found 512MB to be a bit on the small side and have since purchased two more memory cards from Amazon at 4GB and 8GB, which can hold a couple of thousand of high resolution images, and also video. You can store video on this SD card, but you won't get very long (particularly if it's HD), and it's also very slow, so I would recommend choosing a bigger capacity card with a higher class - at least 4 or 6 - for better results.
You may think that it's a bit pointless buying a memory card with a smaller capacity; however it's always useful to have spare cards (especially on holiday, if they get full, lost or damaged). I tend to keep video storage separate from photos where possible too. This would also be a good card for kids as it's quite cheap.
How fast is it?
This memory card doesn't actually display a 'class' rating on it, so I would assume it's around 2 from the speeds I get. Unless you're working with a large number of pictures or wanting to shoot video, this shouldn't be too much of a problem for the average user.
How much does it cost?
This memory card is available new from Amazon for a fairly reasonable £6.85, which does reflect its age and technological limits. Considering I've just bought an 8GB class 4 card for around £9, it doesn't offer the best value for money any more and so I would hesitate to recommend it at that price. If you can pick it up cheaply second hand though, it's always good to have back up cards.
How reliable is it?
I've had this memory card since I bought it with my first digital camera, probably about six or seven years ago. Although I haven't particularly looked after it, it's still going strong and I've never had any problems with it despite it having a 'budget' reputation. I've taken this abroad to quite a few different countries and not had any issues - it goes through the hand luggage scanner without any problems.
Overall, I would recommend this card if you need an alternative or supplement to your main memory cards, providing you can find it quite cheaply.