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How do I choose an SD card?

perkyjude 6 46 11 England
27 Apr 2012 6:14PM
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 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 7:44PM
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 16 16.3k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 7:55PM
Buy this

6.34, can't go wrong. Smile

(I remember paying 105.00 for my first 512Mb CF card Sad )
Big Bri 16 16.3k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 7:56PM
(Seriously, that includes postage. No point in looking for anything cheaper than that)
StrayCat Plus
13 18.7k 3 Canada
27 Apr 2012 7:59PM
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.
779HOB 5 1.2k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 8:07PM
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 16 16.3k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 8:11PM
The one I linked to is class ten. Really no point in buying anything slower.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 9:37PM
Buy class 10 and I recommend Sandisk. They spend millions on developement and they produce a good produce across all their range.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
27 Apr 2012 9:58PM
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 11 866 17 England
28 Apr 2012 8:35AM
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%.


perkyjude 6 46 11 England
28 Apr 2012 8:57AM
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 16 16.3k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 9:18AM
Don't EVER buy a card from Jessops!!!
Big Bri 16 16.3k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 9:19AM
Jude, buy one from Amazon. The only difference is the price.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Apr 2012 9:47AM
Just listen to Bri, you can't go wrong at that price
rossd 14 1.1k England
28 Apr 2012 2:03PM

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

Why ??

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