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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 6:14 PM

I am confused. I was looking at 8gb SD cards but there seems to be huge variations in price. I am aware that some are 'faster' than others at recording the data but how fast do I need it? and is it even noticeable? and what else do I need to consider? I have a Nikon D90. Please advise if you know more than me (wouldn't take muchWink) JUde

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BigRick
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 7:44 PM

if you take pictures of landscape, then any card will do, as you will press the button onc, and it will be a while before you press again, so it has time to write to the card.... if you shoot lots of HD video, and use continuous shooting mode, then you want a class 10 (on the card there is a number 10 in a circle). anything in between is a waste of time. Smile

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315588 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 - 7:55 PM

Buy this



6.34, can't go wrong. Smile

(I remember paying 105.00 for my first 512Mb CF card Sad )

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315588 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 - 7:56 PM

(Seriously, that includes postage. No point in looking for anything cheaper than that)

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014816 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 7:59 PM

Imo, at the price of cards today, you might as well get at least class 6 cards for the speed required for HDMI video; who knows what you may want to do in the future, if you need it, you'll have it. All mine are class 10. It will be noticeable, especially with video, the camera may stop recording if the card is too slow.

Last Modified By StrayCat at 27 Apr 2012 - 8:02 PM
779HOB
779HOB  21020 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 - 8:07 PM

Isn't there a maximum speed that your camera can write to a card, depending on make and model? If so, buying a more expensive faster card would be a waste if your camera can't write at the same speed as the card. I might be wrong.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315588 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 - 8:11 PM

The one I linked to is class ten. Really no point in buying anything slower.

puertouk
puertouk  21073 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 9:37 PM

Buy class 10 and I recommend Sandisk. They spend millions on developement and they produce a good produce across all their range.
Stephen

perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 9:58 PM

I dont shoot video but I may shoot a series of continuous frames. The prices just vary massively and couldn't tell the difference. I can see now that the cheaper ones have a 4 on them so I take it that means slow. Thank you everyone.

Chrism8
Chrism8  7745 forum posts England14 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2012 - 8:35 AM

You,ve spent several hundred pounds on a camera, then quibble over the card, I suggest spend a min of 5% of the camera value on a card preferbly 10%.

Cheers

Chris

perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2012 - 8:57 AM

Chris - I am not 'quibbling' and having the money isn't the issue here - it is 'what am i getting for my money? and 'do i need it?' For example when you type in SD on Jessops it will bring up Sandisk Extreme 16GB SDHC Card which is 47.96 versus another one on Amazon - SanDisk 16Gb SDHC SecureDigital High Capacity Card for 8.99 so with that in mind do I need to spend nearly 50 or will the 9 one do everything I need? Seems silly to spend more than I need - as I could then have 40 left to spend on something else like a 30cm pop up reflector that I would also like... are you with me now? Jude

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315588 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 - 9:18 AM

Don't EVER buy a card from Jessops!!!

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315588 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 - 9:19 AM

Jude, buy one from Amazon. The only difference is the price.

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2012 - 9:47 AM

Just listen to Bri, you can't go wrong at that price

rossd
rossd  111061 forum posts England
28 Apr 2012 - 2:03 PM


Quote: Don't EVER buy a card from Jessops!!!

Why ??

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