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How Do I Choose A Sandisk SDHC Card For My Camera?

Friday, 11 March 2016  |  Admin

We currently stock over thirty types of Sandisk SDHC card, at first glance it may seem a little bit of a puzzle as to which to buy. Without writing a page on each aspect, here's a quick guide to choosing a Sandisk SDHC card for a camera as well as to meet your exact needs.

You may notice differing colours in the range, that's a start. These indicate Standard blue line (standard), Ultra - both 20MB/s and 30MB/s read), Ultra Plus (40MB/s read) Extreme 30MB/s and 45MB/s, Extreme Plus 80MB/s read and lesser write speed, Extreme Pro 95MB/s to 280MB/s read and write speed.

Which SanDisk SDHC Card Does My Manufacturer Recommend?

If you have an SDHC or SDXC compatible camera or camcorder you can use any of the Sandisk SDHC card listed above. The trick comes in ascertaining what type of user you are and matching requirements to the recommendations suggested by your equipment's manufacturer.

Perusing the above you will see different megabyte per second rates, these are the optimum rates. On every Sandisk SDHC card you will also find a singular number, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. These are the speed class ratings and indicate the minimum speeds. Your equipment manufacturer will advise which class you should be using. Further you may find USH-1 and USH-3 these stand for Ultra High Speed and work best with HD video camcorders and High definition cameras. Not all need this additional technology.

Understanding Which Type Of User You Are And Read And Write Speed

Now to your equipment, cameras tend to fall into two distinct categories, point and shoot and then DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex). The latter requiring faster action photography or HD camera recording. For point and shoot cameras you can afford to be humble with write speeds, for instance you don't really need a write speed of 95MB/s. This type of user may well be more interested in the read speed - the transfer speed between devices.

A DSLR professional or amateur is a more on the move photographer, fast action shots or very high quality and lengthy video, in which case write speed, saving to memory, will be highly important. In which instance you will be looking to attain an Extreme Pro or Extreme Plus SanDisk SDHC card.

See, really simple to understand! Now you've figured out what type of user you are, what your manufacturer recommends and whether you need a high read speed, high write speed or both. What about capacity? A high end user may well take twenty images at burst in a second, for a long day in the wild or an event shoot, you could be looking at thousands of photos.

If you match class rating with the read and write speed against the MB, GB or TB capacity alongside the use of your equipment you can quickly arrive at a suitable choice of SanDisk SDHC card for your requirements. To make things even more simple, we have created a chart below from which you can even see how much of certain types of media each can store.