Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Gadget Bag: Memory Cards
Capacities and speeds continue to improve, giving you more options for still and HD-video shooting
As with its CompactFlash cards, Hoodman offers a single, U.S.-made line of SD cards, the high-end RAW SDHC (RAW Steel). The 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB cards are Class 10 speed, the 4 GB is Class 6. Prices range from $49 to $189. Like all Hoodman memory cards, they carry a lifetime warranty.
The top SD card in Kingston’s lineup is the 64 GB Ultimate X SDXC Class 10, rated at 233x (up to 35 MB/s). For those on a budget but still wanting performance, the Ultimate X SDHC Class 10 can write at up to 18 MB/s, and comes in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. All come with a lifetime warranty.
PNY’s top SD card is the High Speed Professional SDHC Class 10, which comes in 8 GB and 16 GB capacities ($34 and $49, respectively), with up to 20 MB/s transfer speeds. PNY also offers slower, lower-cost cards, but at those prices, why not go for the top end?
Most Sony digital cameras use Sony’s Memory Stick memory cards, but recent ones can also use SD cards. Sony offers Class 4 SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, priced from $24 to $129.
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