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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gadget Bag: SDHC Memory Cards

Secure Digital memory cards are becoming more popular in all sorts of cameras, and as maximum limits approach terabyte capacities, the format is poised to be the mainstay for still and HD video shooting in the future

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Delkin 32 GB
Delkin Devices is a brand known for a wide range of digital camera accessories, including high-quality eFilm SDHC memory cards. Available in capacities up to 32 GB Class 6, all offer faster burst rates. Delkin Devices also markets a potent 16 GB Micro SDHC card. Aimed toward the GPS and cell phone market, the Micro SDHC can be used in any SDHC application via the included full-sized SDHC adapter. Also check out the Delkin Devices eFilm Reader-38, a USB 2.0 card reader that accepts 18 different memory card formats, including SDHC and its variants.

Hoodman RAW 16 GB
Hoodman RAW memory cards are made in the USA and offer a lifetime limited warranty. Available in 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB Class 6 capacities, they’re the only brand of memory cards that are advertised to be “lead free.” Although the name is RAW, in this case that’s an adjective Hoodman uses to describe their cards’ speed. Like all other SDHC cards, they can read and write any digital image or video file format.

Kingston 32 GB
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of memory, Kingston Technology has built a fine reputation in the professional community based on high quality, broad variety and reasonable pricing. Kingston offers SD and SDHC cards in all sizes and speed classes up to 32 GB, and all Kingston memory cards are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support.

Lexar 16 GB
Lexar has been a staple supplier of SDHC cards since their introduction and offers a complete lineup in all sizes and performance categories. Labeled “Full-HD Video,” the 16 GB Class 6 SDHC card allows you to record up to six hours of HD video and includes exclusive, money-saving offers on leading Adobe software. The recently announced Lexar Professional 133x SDHC memory card now offers the maximum Class 10 speed rating, providing minimum sustained write speed capability of 20 MB/s for shooting higher-resolution images and high-definition video.

Panasonic 32 GB
Panasonic offers Class 10 Gold Series cards in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. The 32 GB capacity card is able to store approximately eight hours of 1440x1080i high-definition video and more than five hours of 1920x1080i full high-definition video. Of equal interest to those on a budget is Panasonic’s Silver Series. These Class 4 cards are plenty fast enough for compact digital cameras and most camcorders, and are built to the same exacting standards, but are priced much lower.

PNY has been in the memory game since 1985 and has operations in 13 locations worldwide. They’re a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-capacity Flash memory cards, USB flash drives, solid-state drives and computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional workstation graphics cards. PNY offers photographers a very wide range of microSD, SD, SDHC and other Flash memory cards and some of the most advanced professional-level graphics display adapters available, the PNY Quadro lineup.

SanDisk 32 GB
SanDisk is the world’s largest manufacturer of Flash memory storage products, and that alone says a lot. They’re widely acknowledged as the originator of Flash media. SanDisk is the only company that has the rights to manufacture and sell every major type of flash card. SanDisk was also the first company to recognize the need to clear the confusion consumers face when trying to match the right card to a specific application or device. To that end, they originated the video-packaging concept with the SanDisk Video HD card line. Available in SDHC (and Memory Stick PRO Duo), the cards are labeled to indicate minutes of video-recording time in addition to raw capacity.


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