Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Gadget Bag: Memory Cards
Capacities and speeds continue to improve, giving you more options for still and HD-video shooting
Exclusive to Sony, the Memory Stick continues to evolve with higher capacities and speeds. In 2010, Sony was seen largely as the most innovative of the major camera companies as they released mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, new DSLRs, HD-video capability in their still cameras and a new hybrid video camera with an APS-C-sized image sensor and the ability to capture a still frame while shooting video. To keep up with the increasing demands being created by their cameras, the Sony Memory Stick has kept pace.
Hoodman’s top CompactFlash card is the 32 GB UDMA RAW unit (list price $499), with a super-speedy 675x (up to 100 MB/s) rating. Hoodman produces a single line of CompactFlash cards, the high-end UDMA RAW series. Cards also are available in 4 GB to 16 GB starting at $89. All Hoodman RAW memory cards are made in the United States and come with a lifetime warranty.
The Ultimate 600x is Kingston’s top CompactFlash card, available in capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB, and rated at up to 90 MB/s. For less demanding DSLRs, Kingston’s Elite Pro 133x is rated at 20 MB/s and comes in capacities from 4 GB to 32 GB. All Kingston memory cards come with a lifetime warranty.
The world’s biggest memory-card manufacturer, SanDisk offers the Extreme Pro (UDMA 6, up to 90 MB/s) card in capacities of 16-64 GB (starting at $335) for extreme users, and the Extreme (UDMA 5, up to a still very respectable 60 MB/s) in capacities of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB (starting at $145) for more budget-minded DSLR shooters. All come with limited lifetime warranties.
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