SOLID STATE MEMORY ROCKS IN DIGITAL CAMERAS AND USB STORAGE DEVICES

22/09/2018 Posted by admin

 

In today’s Global TV Morning News with co-host Mike Sobel, I showed and talked about bigger and faster memory cards for digital cameras and portable USB drives.  

Faster and larger Solid State Memory is gaining more acceptance, despite higher price tags. 

Newer digital cameras now accept SDXC secure digital cards that come in storage capacities from 32 GB way up to 2 terabytes, more than any consumer computer can store! 

Should you get one? They are not cheap but if you travel and like to shoot all your pictures in the un-processed RAW file format with room to spare, then check it out. 

During a recent 11 day cruise I used a 64 GB Lexar Professional SDXC card on an Olympus E-PL2 mirrorless camera. It was able to record more than 2,500 Fine Quality JPEG and another matching 2,500 RAW format photos, plus one hour’s of HD 720p video. It took 61 minutes to transfer these files to a speedy 256GB Intel 510 SSD internal drive on my desktop. Long? Not really, considering it would take more than twice as long to transfer the same number of files in four class 4 16GB SDHC cards.  

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I have been using the Lexar card in more than one dozen digital cameras I have tested in the past two months and it has performed flawlessly.  

You will find Lexar class 10 SDXC cards in specialty camera and computer stores. London Drugs in Western Canada has it for 169.99 while Henry’s in Toronto has it for $149.99, a considerable price drop since their introduction earlier this year for more than $220. It is also available in 128 GB size. I found most brands in this category perform just as fast. What you want is a good brand name like Lexar, Panasonic, SanDisk and Kingston. 

Digital cameras have been SDXC compatible for the past six months and most new ones will support the new SDXC standard. All cameras are backward compatible with older SD and SDHC cards.  

Some SD card buying tips: Brand name SD cards are marked by class number from 2 to 10, usually printer on a circular C on the front of the card or packaging. The higher the class number, the more expensive and faster. Some digital cameras, especially newer ones, that record larger files and quality HD video, will not work with lower class number cards. Many digital cameras, like the new Canon Rebel Tsi can shoot continuously for more than 250 JPEG frames on the Lexar SDXC card I ried, more tha twice as many as older SDHC cards.  Check what your camera maker recommends. If you see a too-good-to-be-true price for a large capacity, no-brand SD card with no class number…stay away.  

When buying SDXC cards for newer cameras, you might want to look into an external reader like Lexar’s 24-in-one USB reader as most computers and laptops can’t SDXC cards yet.  I found the reader to be faster than previous generation readers for older cards.    

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ARE YOU READY FOR USB 3.0? 

 

Windows PC’s are supporting the new USB 3.0 standard used mostly for external portable hard drives which commonly go up to 1 terabyte size for about $170. You will recognize the USB 3.0 connection behind your PC by its blue colour.  Typically you will see between a 2x to 4x gain in faster transfer speeds, but if you want zing, you will need deep pockets for SSD versions, like Kingston’s HyperX Max 3.0 which retails for about $325 for a 128GB size. What you get is small, silent and thin-size portability with speeds up to 10x faster than hard drive versions. For more information go to: 杭州夜生活kingston杭州龙凤  

WHAT ABOUT MACS? 

Mac computers won’t support USB 3.0 as they have partnered with Intel to deliver much faster connectivity with Thunderbolt technology, available in the latest MacBook Pro and iMacs. But it won’t be till summer when Thunderbolt compatible devices like hard drives and multiple HD monitors will be widely available for your Mac.  

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