Product Type: Sandisk in Flash Memory
Newest Review: ... computer. *Price and availability* The card is widely available, my boyfriend bought it from our local supermarket and he paid £19.99... more
A bottomless pit of photos!
Sandisk Ultra II 16 GB Class 2 SDHC
Member Name: JohnJoeSmith
Sandisk Ultra II 16 GB Class 2 SDHC
Advantages: Huge size, relatively cheap if on sale, very reliable
Disadvantages: Expensive normally, size may be unnecessary for some
I like to take photos and so over my years as a budding photographer I have accumulated a number of different memory cards. Thankfully the majority of cameras nowadays use the same standard format - SD or SDHC.
Some time ago my local PC World had a sale on digital media and I bought two Sandisk Ultra II 16gb Class 2 SDHC cards for £65. I had intended to give both to my girlfriend but after finding that I could use one of them I changed my mind! The card is quite expensive as SD cards go but it is quite a large capacity and in theory you shouldn't need another card in reserve.
The card itself comes in the standard Sandisk plastic packaging which is a small clear plastic case which holds the media quite snugly and is useful for holding the card safely while you're taking photos with another. A manual is also provided but I didn't even look at this as I already knew how to operate an SD card!
Sandisk themselves quote the card at 32x24x2mm in size though all SD cards are the same standard size so this is of little importance. As with all SD media there is a write-protection toggle switch on the left hand side which prevents you from accidentally deleting your prized photos of your cat on a beach ball!
Previous reviewers have commented on the speed of this card with regards to data transfer, both in camera and desktop use. Honestly I've found little different in this card when compared with any of my other ones. I haven't conducted any formal speed testing but I haven't noticed any significant decrease in transfer rates when copying my photos back to my laptop or recording videos on the go. A professional photographer may notice a difference but day to day snaps don't seem to phase it at all.
I can't really quote storage figures to you as it obviously depends on the quality of your photos or videos. I will say this however, I have yet to fill this card on any occasion using my camera. I do tend to wipe my card between uses but even if I forget to I'm nowhere near capacity. Again a professional may have differing views on this an ordinary photographer will have no issue.
Overall I'm quite happy with my purchase, it was relatively cheap on a per unit basis and has served me quite well since. If the item were not on sale I probably wouldn't have bought it and instead would have gone for a smaller capacity card instead. On that point, if you don't take that many photos it's probably not worth your money to have a card this size, but if you do you could go far worse than buy the Sandisk Ultra II 16GB Class 2 SDHC.
Summary: Great product but may be a bit much for the ordinary man's (or woman's) needs.
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