I am by no means an expert, but I have been buying memory cards since they came in 128kb size. We as a family have always trusted scandisk, which I believe is the worlds number one, and our trust has never been misplaced. We now own all manner of sizes from the original 128kb ( yes I still have it somewhere) up to a 32gb which was purchased for my samsung smart phone. I have never has a single problem with these cards. The appear to be well made, they function straight out of the packet, and we have regularly taken one out of a drawer after years of storage, and they always without exception work and are still holding whatever information that was placed on them before they were put away. The best thing about them is that you can always get them for a competetive price, and even though they are so popular, the price hasnt bee driven up.
==Price and Availability==
I bought the SanDisk Ultra SDHC 8GB memory card about three years ago now for one of my cameras. As I usually prefer to keep a copy of photographs on a memory card I had quite a few and just bought this one as it was well priced and suited what I wanted. At the time I paid just over £10 from Amazon, it currently sells for £7.45 with free delivery.
== SanDisk Ultra SDHC 8GB==
This memory card isn't the smallest around, especially by today's standards, it's about 10cm by 15cm. The card is black in colour with red labelling and a little information about the card, it quite smart looking, there's also a small writable label at the bottom of the card so you can label what's stored on it. I do find this space useful especially as I have quite a few different memory cards and they all look pretty similar. This card is waterproof for up to 72 hours, temperature proof from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius is shock and vibration proof and immune to airport x-rays. I was quite impressed and shocked by these things as I would usually imagine that if I dropped my memory card in water it would be no good anymore. The memory card has an up to 30MB per second read speed and an up to 15MB per second write speed. As a rough guide the 8GB memory will hold 900 photographs or about 40 minutes of video.
In use this memory card is really impressive, for starters the size makes it really easy to handle and insert into a device. Whilst I can appreciate the advantages of the Micro SD cards which are now common for phones and cameras they are incredibly fiddly, with this SD card that isn't a problem. Whilst taking photographs or taking a video the 15MB per second write speed of this memory card has always kept up with whatever I've been doing, even when this includes using my camera in burst mode to take a quick succession of photo's over a couple of seconds. I have been pleased with the amount of photo's this card holds, especially as it can also hold HD video's which is a big bonus for me. When I'm transferring things from the card onto my laptop I've always found the 30MB per second read speed to be super quick with no crashing or glitches, it transfers everything quickly and safely every time.
Since buying the SanDisk Ultra SDHC 8GB memory card it has always been my first choice when I'm looking for a new SD card. The label feature on the card is very handy and coupled with the fact its well price is a good start. The memory card performs well whether I'm taking photos, video's or transferring them onto my computer, the card is always really quick and I've never had any problems with it.
Sandisk are probably the worlds most prolific memory company, they are synonymous with high-quality, reliable and trustworthy products- these are important qualities when you are using them to store your precious once in a lifetime images.
I have a lot of memory cards, and I have had one or two problems with the cheaper brands but I have never had issues with sandisk/kingston/pny.
Being class 4 this sd card is quite slow, but unless you really need the extra speed (and let's be honest you might think you need the extra speed but you probably don't) then that's not a problem for anyone not shooting video, so you can save a packet by sticking with these slower cards as they're being sold off dirt cheap these days.
8gb is the model most people seem to be trying to flog, but the jump to 16gb isn't usually extortionate, so might be a better option as 8gb doesn't go far these days.
Sandisk ultra 2 8gb SD card, recommended (but look for a 16gb)
As my job involves photography, i've got a drawer containing masses of camera memory cards, the majority of which are in the SD (secure digital) format. Due to speed and reliability, the most regularly used of these SDs are the ones made by Lexar, and Sandisk - of which, today i'm taking a look at the 8gb 'Ultra' variety.
Specifications & Price
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The card is of the newer variety of SDs, the 'SDHC' format. Although this will mean very little to a user nowadays (as the majority of card readers and computers are compatible with SDHC), older devices may struggle with the card's use. Price wise, you can purchase the SanDisk Ultra 8gb for £9.69 from Amazon.
Design and Performance
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Although appearances aren't important in memory cards, the SanDisk Ultra looks professional with a grey and black colour scheme. The design is actually now a little different to the one shown in dooyoo's picture - but it's very similar and you get the general idea.
The speed is very good - itemised as a 'class 4' card, the product has a fifteen megabyte-per-second write speed - this means that it can sustain HD video being written to the card. To be honest, i'm not someone who shoots video that often (as i'm only interested in stills photography) - and in my SLR, the card is able to write on a continuous three frames per second burst mode. The Ultra is only one step down from SanDisk's top-of-the-range 'Extreme' SD card - and on paper the only difference is the fact that the Extreme can write date five megabytes per second quicker. In practice i've experienced no noticeable difference between the two when used in my camera. The card's reliabiity is good, and i'm happy to use this particular one in my Nikon whilst undertaking professional photo shoots.
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Overall, the SanDisk Ultra 8gb SDHC is a highly reliable and quick memory card which is suitable for use in professional level SLR digital cameras and camcorders.