SD Cards – advice and deals!

We’re still a couple of weeks out from working hands-on with our cameras, but this is worth mentioning …

The FIRST thing we are going to do with our cameras is to insert our SD cards and RE-FORMAT them.

You should be doing this on a regular basis, anyway. It’s not a good idea – and certainly not professional – to use the memory card for your recording devices as longterm storage. File systems created by your devices on the cards can become corrupt over time. If that happens, you will not be able to access the files on your cards. Frequent reformatting increases the reliability of your card. Learn how to correctly store and backup your media files!

My very strong suggestion: get a card and use it just for this class. You can never have too many cards, anyway.

So I want to make some recommendations that should satisfy your needs, even if you’re on a tight budget. First, a 16 GB card should get you through shooting assignments for this class since we will be shooting in the JPEG format. The following are some cards I found on Amazon that I recommend:

Lexar Professional 1000x 16GB SDHC UHS-II/U3 Card (Up to 150MB/s read) w/Image Rescue 5 Software

This is a professional quality SD card that has the latest UHS-II/U3 standards. The $15.75 price is great. All Lexar professional cards come with their Image Rescue software, as well, so if you ever accidentally delete files from your card, you still have a chance to retrieve them. I’ve accidentally reformatted cards before downloading my images, and Image Rescue saved the day.

Another great deal from Lexar:

Lexar Professional 633x 16GB SDHC UHS-I Card w/Image Rescue 5 Software – LSD16GCB1NL6332 (2 Pack)

Two 16 GB cards for $13.49. It’s not the latest generation, but it should work great with the Canon Rebels and similar cameras. I still use one of these for backup in one of my cameras.

A 16 GB SanDisk card to consider for $15.75:

SanDisk Extreme PRO 16GB up to 95MB/s UHS-I/U3 SDHC Flash Memory Card

Here’s a pro-sumer card from SanDisk for only $10.85 that should meet your needs:

SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC UHS-I Card

SanDisk and Lexar are the most common brands you will see professional photographers and videographers using. Both are very reliable and built of quality material, and customer service is very good.

There are still many brands that are popular and good. Sony is usually top notch, but sometimes pricier than SanDisk or Lexar. Kingston, Delkin, Tobisha, and PNY are also well-known.

I have had good luck with Transcend cards. Consider this one for only $9.49:

Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card

Personally, I would avoid obscure brands and the bargain bin versions of the big name cards. They are hardly worth the few dollars you might spend on them – questionable reliability and durability, and usually very slow. They might make your camera buffer and download/copy speeds are typically very slow.

Check these out and let me know if you have any questions.


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