"This Best Selling SanDisk Flash 16 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDB-016G Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
The SD and SDHC memory card is a highly secure stamp-sized flash memory card, which can be used in a variety of digital products: digital music players, cellular phones, handheld PCs, digital cameras, digital video camcorders, smart phones, car navigation systems and electronic books.To support the higher capacity needs, SD cards are now requiring a different design. The new SD 2.0 specifications – which supports 4GB and up – is called Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC). The SD Association has created and defined 3 speed classes to help you identify speed and performance capabilities/minimum requirements of SDHC cards and their SDHC host products. Many factors impede this performance. SDHC guarantees a minimum read and write speed necessary to handle recording high quality video and audio. The maximum card speed may vary, but you can always depend on SDHC cards to meet your SDHC host product’s high quality performance requirements.Because SDHC works differently (supports the new higher capacity cards) this new card format is not backwards compatible with legacy SD format host devices.
Note: Be aware that not every digital camera has the capability to read memory cards above a certain ceiling (my Canon Powershot SD630 can only read memory cards up to 2gb), so make sure your camera is capable.
I use this memory card for my Canon Powershot G7. With the shooting function on Manual, recording pixels at M1 (2816×2112, enough quality for an 8×10 printout), compression at Superfine, I can take a max of 1915 photos or 64’50″ of video at 1024 High Resolution. At around $50, this is a good price, although I’m sure in 10 years we’ll have 1tb memory cards for the same inexpensive price and this comment will be scoffed at for being sooo from the ’00′s.
I’d recommend this product to anyone who will be traveling for an extensive time and won’t have the chance to dock to a computer and upload their pictures.
Note on HD video recording capacity and cost. My Canon 60D needs 355 megabytes, more or less, per minute of HD video, so an 8 gb SD card will hold only about 22 minutes worth of video clips, with 4 gb being the maximum size of any single clip. That’s three 8 gb cards for 1 hour of HD video; cost is about $90 for class 10 cards. By comparison, the Canon HV-40 HD camcorder stores a full hour of HD video on a single Mini-DV tape that costs about $2.00, and there is no inherent limit other than the 1 hour length of the tape, on long a single video clip can be. In many ways, a camcorder like the HV-40 is much easier to use for shooting HD video than a DSLR like the Canon 60D; for one thing the HV-40 has continuous auto-focus, which the 60D does not. What this means is that video of moving subjects shot with the DSLR will likely have a much higher percentage of out-of-focus segments than a video of the same subject shot with a camcorder. Bottom line is that just because most modern DSLR’s can shoot HD video, this doesn’t mean that a DSLR is your best choice for video; if you shoot a lot of video, a camcorder is probably a better choice, and one that records on to an internal hard disk drive or mini-dv tape will certainly cost far less for the recording media than high speed flash memory for a DSLR. I own an HV-20 camcorder, and it’s definately easier to get nice video clips with it than with a DSLR, especially of moving subjects at close distances.
Just make sure you are ready for the SDHC card as opposed to a standard SD, as SDHC is a newer format to allow more storage and will not be compatible with some older cameras or PC card readers that can read standard SD.
If you have an older PC but a new camera, you can still download the images by connecting the camera to the PC via the USB link, instead of using the PC card reader. If you’re not sure if your camera can use this card, look up your camera model online and see if it’s SDHC compatible before buying this.
The card itself seems very fast and has been reliable so far. If anything changes, I’ll update this review. I think it’s worth the few extra dollars to have all the additional storage capacity.