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Choosing the Fastest CF/SD Card for Your Camera
Posted May 27,2008

So you just bought a new digital camera and now you’re wondering what kind of SD or CF card to use in that slick little device. Should you stick with one of the major brand names, SanDisk, Lexar, or perhaps take a chance on a cheaper card without the name recognition?

My criterion for choosing a memory card is speed: how fast the image data can be written from the camera to the card. You’d think that we could just read and trust the data transfer speeds listed by the manufacturers—you can to a point.

Extremeducatisdplus But that point stops when you realize that a single top-rated card will vary in performance depending on the camera brand or model in which it’s paired. Fortunately, if you are looking for the fastest card and camera combinations, you need only look as far as Rob Galbraith’s recently updated CF/SD Card Database. He has posted speed tests on a number of major digital SLR camera and card combinations.

If you are looking to free yourself from one less digital doodad, try leaving your SD card reader at home on your next outing. I know 2-in-1 SD cards have been out for a while but I’ve recently discovered just how well they work. The convenience of being able to remove the SD card from the camera, fold the card back to reveal the USB tab, and directly insert it into the computer is brilliant, simple, and fast.

Ken Geiger 

Posted by Ken Geiger | Comments (9)
Filed Under: Digital Photography, Memory Cards, Photography Tips


May 27, 2008 7AM #

I am just getting started with digital cameras.
Thanks for the tips.

Reuben Chircop
May 27, 2008 7AM #

I have an EOS20D and the more CF's I purchase the more it seems I need more. I am now looking our for some sort of hard drive where I can transfer the images from the CF to whilst I am out.

Steven Brooks photographer
May 27, 2008 7AM #

Excellent idea. How they are making them so small now, I will never know! I saw one earlier with built in WiFi!!!

May 27, 2008 7AM #

This is just a great innovation and just in time, too! I got my first digital camera last Christmas and I'm leaving the country for a vacation next month. This will be a great addition to my camera equipment :)

May 27, 2008 7AM #

Is it true that photographic images on cards fades with time? So getting a branded card is better than the cheap generic ones, maybe?

May 27, 2008 7AM #

No, digital data does not "fade", it is either there, or its not...it can become currupted or lost...but no fading..

May 27, 2008 7AM #

This sounds great, I want one already. I currently have to get a cable and plug into my USB or put the card in my printer slot, not that much effort really so why do I find it a pain.

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May 27, 2008 7AM #

Thanks your article it contains some interesting information camera technology is improving all the time and it can be difficult to keep on top of it articles like this help enormously

Baginda Sormin
May 27, 2008 7AM #

It's nice to have the newest trend of digital camera..

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