SanDisk 16GB Class 4 SDHC Memory Card SDSDB-016G (Label May Change)
|Flash memory type||SDHC|
|Secure digital association speed class||Class 4|
About this item
- Cards include security feature for protection of copyrighted data
- SD cards are fully compatible with all SD-compliant devices
- Speed performance rating: Class 4 (based on SD 2.0 Specification)
- Writeable label for easy identification and organization
- High quality and reliability backed by a 5-year limited warranty
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I like podcasts, I like BBC Sounds, I like random play, I like a good night's sleep.
Fortunately I like to go to bed with Jane Garvey and Fig Lover, Charlotte Green and Jeremy Hardy, Stephen Fry and Huge Lorry.
The advent of good quality economical priced SD Drives has changed listening habits of many.
The demise on my very loved and venerable Asus 940HD meant I needed a new player for my collection of Pod Casts but my old system of 250GB drive and the Asus was not matched by the less flexible Chromebook which struggled to pick up my playlist from the large drive.
I tried an 8GB drive and that seemed to work well so I have now installed a 16GB SD card and my night time listening is assured.
A chromebook may seem over kill for music playback and a 16GB drive more so but the two work seamlessly through the night and day and that is all one could want.
Whilst this 16GB class 4 is not the fastest card, for the money it offers good value and additional storage space.
Used in my video camera I own, it works perfectly well.
Over the years I have owned many memory cards the vast majority of which are SanDisk.
Due to my line of work I get through memory cards quicker than most, but the failure rate with any from SanDisk has been better than some other brands I have used. The returns and replacement procedure for cards in warranty is a bit of a hassle if you use cards on virtually a daily basis and by the time you have logged the issue, done all the necessary steps required and sent it back it is not worth it in my opinion. Despite this I continue to use SanDisk as on the whole they offer good value for money.
The card is very slightly under 16GB even if you call a gigabyte 1000^3 bytes (and under 15GB if you call a gigabyte 1024^3 bytes), but I'm not going to complain about this as there'll be a stack of spare blocks of memory hidden on it too which can be switched in to cover for any that develop faults over time - what really counts with flash memory is durability (unless you need more speed), and with this brand I'm confident that I'll be getting that. I bought two of these and I'll be working them hard, so if I manage to wear them out I'll come back and let you know how many rewrites they were able to take, but I don't expect that to be soon.
To my main point; whatever type of card their camera takes, do users realise that they should format the card in-camera? This ensures best performance and a lesser likelihood of problems with any make of card. Formatting in this way can be used to empty the card after all files/pictures have been downloaded to a computer. NB remember that files cannot be retrieved after formatting.
Even if you delete your files/pictures using the camera it is as well to re-format the card in-camera periodically as well as before using it for the first time.
There we go! An unbiased report/review that isn't written based on the packaging or shipping (as it states in the rules). I hope people read this before purchasing. And remember:YOU MUST FORMAT EACH MEMORY CARD TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING TO YOU.
*UPDATE: I've realised that my camera was on a setting that duplicated each image-one JPEG one NEF, I turned this off and most satisfied with the increased capacity: 2000 photos + 10 videos, as opposed to 1000 photos + 5 videos. ONE MORE THING TO BEWARE OF: On some laptops, removing the SDHC without first right clicking and selecting "eject" can result in the SDHC becoming corrupted, you then must format it thus erasing all the images!
The formatting issue was never resolved and was due actually due to the fact that THEY SENT ME A FAKE CARD! The side tab bit that is usually grey and says "lock" next to it was orange, the back of the card, which usually shows a modest Sandisk logo was blank, and the stickers on the front of the card were discoloured.
SO BE WARNED! These cards are not without their faults, but are, if you know how to use them, very useful (and reasonably priced-Boots=£17.50, Amazon=£7-£10)
*UPDATE 2:.....It did it again, they really need to sort this out. My laptop logged off to do an automatic update and it caused the "you must format this card before use, formatting will erase all data on the card". That's 2500 photos and 8 videos gone: 18th birthday party; trip to Switzerland; German exchange, GCSE photography projects....ALL GONE. Thanks a bunch SanDisk, you've probably lowered my GCSE grade and lost hundreds of irreplaceable photos...my sister isn't going to turn 18 a second time is she? I'd like to think not. And no it's not my laptop's fault, I left the photos uploading to Picasa 3 and it updated without me knowing. I think I'll invest in a cable rather than a reader.