Best SD card for me?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Buschmaster, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

    Buschmaster

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    Hey everyone, here is my situation, perhaps you can help me decide what I need...

    So, I'll be needing an SD card for a Pentax K110D, most likely, or at least, I want to be prepared for that. Now, I'm a college student, so price is important to me. But other things are important to me as well. I mean, I want it to be able to snap a quicker picture quickly, but if it's a different of 50 dollars and is a few nanoseconds who cares? I can't justify it while I'm still in school. Also, I want to be able to store a lot of pictures at a time, I go out and can take many many pictures and don't want to have to bother with deleting ones I don't like while I'm out and taking pictures. So I may get two cards, and if one is a quick one I may get an old school SD really cheap card that is a 512 or a gig or so. Those are dirt cheap now, aren't they? That would simply be if I run out of room on my "ace" card. Anyone know a reliable list for how many pictures can be stored on a card at each type of shot at each memory card size? Here is what the guide says... Is it accurate? (These are per 128MB)
    Raw Best Better Good
    Raw - 11 X X X
    6MP - X 34 70 117
    4MP - X 51 96 161
    1.5MP - X 106 173 271

    That seems pretty good... as long as I'm not shooting raw very often. And even if I am... At 2 GB that chart would have 176 at RAW and 544 at Best 6MP, right? That's a lot, even for how many I take. I'd always shoot at raw with that, or almost always, anyway. Unless I had really specific reasons for not. Otherwise, I'd get a 1GB card and a 512 backup, most likely. But if the price different isn't huge... I may appreciate the jump at some point.

    What do you guys think? What are my best options?
     
  2. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    I don't think SD card brands differ much. If you want you could always buy an iPod camer aconnector for backing up all that data. Personally I think one big card is better, as for speed. I'm also pretty sure that you can't go wrong with any "know" brand.
     
  3. aj98 macrumors member

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    I have both a Sandisk (2g) and a Lexar (1g) SD card. No noticable difference in the two.

    Unless you are in a huge hurry, watch the pre-christmas sales. I picked up the 2g card on Black Friday for 29$ (reg price $103) :)

    My Kodak is a 5mp, and stores as jpg; each pic is about 2mb - I get about 300 shots on the 1gb card. The 2gb card will provide about 2x that, or up to 80 minutes of video.

    for a relative guide, a week in Hawaii....700 frames, 4x 128 cards in my old 2.1 camera.

    A week in Orlando (Disney, Epcot, Seaworld), not quite 300 shots, 1 card on the kodak, with room to spare.

    The convenience of only one card is hard to beat...
     
  4. Buschmaster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sure, some would argue the convenience of one card is hard to beat, but others would argue a backup card would be nice to have. But as far as speed when taking pictures it really doesn't matter? I may just get a cheaper 2GB card and shoot at RAW.

    How's this one look?
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    There is little noticeable difference between brands. You can't even buy slow SD cards. They are all 20x or 80x speeds and I've seen 2Gb cards sell for $29. Watch the sales and pick them up when you see a good deal.

    But test them before you take them on a long trip. Don't buy the day before you leave.
    (this goes for any photo gear)
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The camera has built-in buffer memory. It should hold a few shots. (Some camera have more or less of this memory -- read the camera specs.) As long as you don't over run the internal buffer the speed of the card does not matter. Mostly the fast card will be noticed when you download the images to the computers. Cuts a minute or so off the download time
     
  7. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    A little piece of advice ...... Don't put all your eggs in one basket !!!!

    I would advise buying 2 x 1 Gb cards rather than a single 2 Gb. Modern cards are very reliable but occasionally they do go wrong.

    Greetings from Ireland

    Dave :)
     
  8. aj98 macrumors member

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    Don't know how long this deal is going to last, but FWIW,

    here's an HP 1gb SD card for 20.00

    http://www.weeklycloseouts.com/page/en/home.aspx?task=product&itemid=20348

    link says the ad expires in 6 days
     

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