Product Type: Sandisk in Flash Memory
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SanDisk don't always get ir right
Sandisk 128 MB SD Memory Card
Member Name: davidbuttery
Sandisk 128 MB SD Memory Card
Advantages: Keeps data reliably, can cope with being used in multiple cameras
Disadvantages: Surprisingly slow, awkward to use, low capacity
I really do have to wonder just what the point of this SD memory card actually is. Okay, I appreciate that when it first appeared 128 MB was a reasonable amount of storage, but it's a long time now since that's been the case. Even for vintage cameras it seems a little bit unnecessary; admittedly there are a few (a very few) old models for which this is the upper limit of capacity supported, but the overwhelming majority of digicams can cope with at least 256 MB cards, and those are the smallest I could really recommend.
Still, that wouldn't be so bad if this were actually a good card, and - surprisingly for a SanDisk model - it's not. Actually, it's usually something of a surprise when the differences between brands are even noticeable, but in this case, yes. Now, obviously with something this old you have to treat your findings with caution, but I was truly shocked by how slow this card was; in what I would consider a pretty decent older camera (a three-megapixel Canon PowerShot A410) it was impossible for even that camera's simple continuous mode to work at all; single shots were all you could get without waiting for buffering.
I also found it to be not as well made as most SanDisk cards. There are a number of reasons why SanDisk has become the "go-to brand" for so many people, but one of those is that their cards are reliable: they slide into and out of the camera's card slots well, and while they're in you don't have to worry about them. There wasn't any problem here with actual data loss, but on several occasions (and with more than one camera) I found the edge of the card catching, or a little more force than usual being needed to remove the thing from its slot. It felt as though it was very slightly fatter than usual, which may have something to do with this.
Capacity was fine, and really there's nothing to report here at all. Similarly, the card coped perfectly well with being used in more than one camera (of the same make) between formats; your ability to do this does depend to some extent on how "clever" the cameras' own software is, but I do find SanDisk cards to be the best bet if you want to do this. Least importantly, I rather like the design: as well as the usual clear capacity marking, it's a little bit more colourful than SanDisk was to employ later on, with its "rainbow curve" between the red and blue sections of the front.
SanDisk generally make good memory cards, and I usually give a poor rating to them only if they're so tiny (in capacity terms) that no ordinary user would ever want to have one. 128 MB is, just about, large enough not to fall into that trap, but the niggles I outlined above do unfortunately push it into the "not recommended" category. As I only have one of these cards I can't say whether those problems are common, but unless you really are forced into it by hardware limitations, I'd say that a 256 MB card would make much more sense for an older camera.
Summary: Not a card most people will ever see a use for -- and in this case, a good thing too
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