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#1 User is online   powernow 

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:41 PM

I have been searching Amazon for a good SD card for my new camera, but each card I see seems to have several reviews saying that the card failed after only a few months or less. Which brand will be the most reliable? I was looking as Transcend and Kingston, are those good? I really only want a basic 4/8Gb SDHC card, I don't need a high-speed or otherwise fancy card. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:10 PM

Hi,

I have 3 PNY ( 512mb, 1gb, 2gb )and a kingston ( 2gb ) SD card.

Between 1 and 2 yrs. No issues with eigther.

If you produce tons of something there is bound to be an oops.

All mine where on sale cheap. No complaints.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:53 PM

I've had the best experience with Kingston, and they are usually slightly faster than others. I've only had one Kingston device fail, but it was probably just from overuse (not something you should worry about).
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:59 PM

SanDisk Cruzers ...Never fails on me .....Have 8 so far ....
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:07 PM

Transcend, Sandisk, or PNY(all have my vote)

all three brands are solid, reliable, and speedy

And i have the 2gb 133x Transcend card and it has lasted me upwards of 20,000 writes (~ 4mb per write) in one year
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:17 PM

I have always used Sandisk. I've never had 1 fail me.


My oldest one, cruzer mini 256MB, has gone through hell and still works:



I found it in a park after a nice rainstorm. Wet grass....probably violated by a dog..... It ended up going through my washer and dryer and it still works.
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:03 PM

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your replies!

-Adam
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:50 PM

you're welcome powernow

come back to pcworld anytime with any tech question you might have

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:11 AM

Well, I don't know about PNY. I have a PNY SD 2GB and sometime last week when I was taking some pics, I got a msg on my camera (Fujifilm Finepix J100w) saying Frame No. Full

I think that I should be able to take about 200 pics on that 2GB card, but I only had 31 pics in it. (A couple of months ago I had about 79 pics in it and everything was fine.) So, I'm going back to BestBuy today, to see if they can give me some info on why this card is behaving that way.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:59 PM

only thing I would avoid are wal-mart off brands, such a polaroid, Dane Elec, ACP etc. They use cards that failed to meet the manufacturers specs (usually speed or size) and Lexar, Sandisk, PNY, etc would not put their own label on.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 03:38 PM

Well, I took my PNY card and camera to BestBuy and one of the guys there checked it out and we finally realized that it was not the card, it was my camera! Somehow the frame functionality had been changed, and it wasn't allowing me to continue shooting pics.

All's well with my camera again. :)
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 03:08 PM

Well, I got my Kodak 2 Gb SD card from WalMart for $19.95 and it has been doing well and i have shot a lot of Video's as well as stills.
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Posted 26 September 2009 - 12:39 PM

View Postpowernow, on 22 July 2009 - 12:41 PM, said:

I have been searching Amazon for a good SD card for my new camera, but each card I see seems to have several reviews saying that the card failed after only a few months or less. Which brand will be the most reliable? I was looking as Transcend and Kingston, are those good? I really only want a basic 4/8Gb SDHC card, I don't need a high-speed or otherwise fancy card. Thanks in advance!

-Adam


Kingston and PNY are both good.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:48 AM

View Postcoastie65, on 21 September 2009 - 03:08 PM, said:

Well, I got my Kodak 2 Gb SD card from WalMart for $19.95 and it has been doing well and i have shot a lot of Video's as well as stills.


No offense, but was kodak on my list?

kodak purchases cards from Lexar media, and they dont get the duds.

Polaroid on the other hand is a has been company, and doesn't care about product quality.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

View Postwaldojim, on 20 September 2009 - 01:59 PM, said:

only thing I would avoid are wal-mart off brands, such a polaroid, Dane Elec, ACP etc. They use cards that failed to meet the manufacturers specs (usually speed or size) and Lexar, Sandisk, PNY, etc would not put their own label on.



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View Postcoastie65, on 21 September 2009 - 03:08 PM, said:

Well, I got my Kodak 2 Gb SD card from WalMart for $19.95 and it has been doing well and i have shot a lot of Video's as well as stills.


No offense, but was kodak on my list?

kodak purchases cards from Lexar media, and they dont get the duds.

Polaroid on the other hand is a has been company, and doesn't care about product quality.


No...but in coastie65's "defense", you did include an "etc" at the end of your list. Thus, it is not beyond reason for someone to think you might consider Kodak an "off-brand" even though you did not specifically mention it, especially since you included Polaroid in the list. Keep in mind that you did not elaborate on why you considered Polaroid an "off-brand" and why you consider Kodak to NOT be an "off brand" until this most recent post.

It would be a completely different story if you had not included an "etc" at the end of your list.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 04:21 PM

View Postsmax013, on 19 October 2009 - 10:18 AM, said:

View Postwaldojim, on 20 September 2009 - 01:59 PM, said:

only thing I would avoid are wal-mart off brands, such a polaroid, Dane Elec, ACP etc. They use cards that failed to meet the manufacturers specs (usually speed or size) and Lexar, Sandisk, PNY, etc would not put their own label on.



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View Postcoastie65, on 21 September 2009 - 03:08 PM, said:

Well, I got my Kodak 2 Gb SD card from WalMart for $19.95 and it has been doing well and i have shot a lot of Video's as well as stills.


No offense, but was kodak on my list?

kodak purchases cards from Lexar media, and they dont get the duds.

Polaroid on the other hand is a has been company, and doesn't care about product quality.


No...but in coastie65's "defense", you did include an "etc" at the end of your list. Thus, it is not beyond reason for someone to think you might consider Kodak an "off-brand" even though you did not specifically mention it, especially since you included Polaroid in the list. Keep in mind that you did not elaborate on why you considered Polaroid an "off-brand" and why you consider Kodak to NOT be an "off brand" until this most recent post.

It would be a completely different story if you had not included an "etc" at the end of your list.


The I apologise for not specifying why polariod was on there, and that Kodak was excluded.

I assumed however, that people would kind of get the idea I was talking about the cheapest of the cheap...
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:44 PM

View Postwaldojim, on 21 October 2009 - 04:21 PM, said:



The I apologise for not specifying why polariod was on there, and that Kodak was excluded.

I assumed however, that people would kind of get the idea I was talking about the cheapest of the cheap...


Not a problem...just offering why I could see why coastie65 posted what he did.
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 05:51 PM

View Postsmax013, on 21 October 2009 - 07:44 PM, said:

View Postwaldojim, on 21 October 2009 - 04:21 PM, said:



The I apologise for not specifying why polariod was on there, and that Kodak was excluded.

I assumed however, that people would kind of get the idea I was talking about the cheapest of the cheap...


Not a problem...just offering why I could see why coastie65 posted what he did.


understood
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 04:39 AM

the best SDcard is sony sdcards. 4GB to 8GB

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:08 PM

deleted - apparently I was replying to something that has been removed... or I was seeing things again...

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"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" -- Isaac Asimov

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