Product Type: Sony in Flash Memory
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High quality but can't be shared with other products
Sony 8 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo Mark2
Member Name: jipp05
Sony 8 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo Mark2
Advantages: Stores a lot of photos and videos, fast transfer times
Disadvantages: The fact that you can only use it with Sony products limits its usability somewhat
I have owned several Sony products over the years and whilst I find that they are mainly excellent products there is one thing that I find does let them down and that is their reliance on using their own memory sticks.
The Sony memory stick pro duo's are proprietary meaning that they can only be used in conjunction with Sony products which can be irritating when you have other products which also rely on using removable storage but use the much more common SD cards.
I have a few products that use SD cards and I can swap the cards between them no matter the manufacturer and in 2011 this is exactly what I want to be able to do instead of having to carry several different types of cards around with me.
The other thing that annoys me about the memory stick pro duo cards is that I can't actually use them in my memory card reader on my laptop and instead have to rely on using an adaptor with them to transfer my files over to my laptop.
Other than the annoyance with their lack of share ability the memory stick duo pro cards do a good job with actually storing my files and they do come in different storage sizes from 512MB (which in my opinion is too small to be of any use to anyone) up to 32GB which will store literally hundreds of pictures and videos on your camera.
Obviously the larger the storage on the card the more expensive it is going to be. One of the reasons that I presume Sony still insist on using their own cards is that not only do they retain the profits from them but they can also charge what they want for them and they aren't cheap. You can buy a 16GB SD card for just over £10 whereas a Sony memory stick pro duo 16GB card will cost you in the region of £30 to £35 which is frankly ridiculous.
The Sony card I use is only 8GB as it was relatively inexpensive to purchase and it holds a surprising amount of data on it. For around £20 it will hold over a thousand 12MP photos and I have had several relatively long HD videos on it with no problems. The MK2 memory stick that I have comes with an adaptor which holds the card and turns it in to a USB stick for easy file transfer. To give Sony credit the memory stick pro duo is a high quality memory card and I have never had any problems with it.
The files transfer easily and quite quickly from the card to my laptop and I do find that it is quicker than my SD cards at transferring files on to my laptop.
The pro duo cards are tiny and designed for use with small items like cameras and camcorders and this does make them quite fiddly to use and easy to misplace.
If not for the fact that I can't use my memory stick pro duo MK2 card with anything other than my Sony camera then I would be giving the card a 5 star rating but because it is so specific to Sony products and can't be shared with my other gadgets that require flash memory then I think the card only deserves 3 stars. It's good but unless you are a complete Sony fan boy it only has a certain amount of usability to it.
Summary: A high quality memory card but limited use due to not being able to share it with other products
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