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Old 23-10-2011, 15:07   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, ive been looking at getting a couple of SDHC Cards possibly 16gb & 8 gb to go with the D90 when i get it but am confused by the different classes eg class 6, class 10, was also looking at Transcend, would that also be good enough, any help much appreciated, cheers simpbow
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Old 23-10-2011, 16:25   #2 (permalink)
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The difference between the classes is the speeds that they can read & write the data. So the higher the class the higher the speed. I too have a Nikon D90 and only use class 10 sdhc cards. The makes I use are Integral and Samsung, I have the Integral endurance and ultima at 30mbs & 23 mbs respectively and the Samsung Extreme Speed SDHC Memory Card at 24mbs(mega bits per second) which are Shock, water and X-ray proof technology. For the Samsung you can pay about £9.50 (8gig) and £19.50 (16gig) and for the Integral £18.30 (8gig) and £36.99 (16gig) Endurance. When choosing your cards you must take into consideration that cards can fail and the better make the better chance of not failing, plus the better makes offer better guarantees. Hope this helps

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Old 23-10-2011, 19:10   #3 (permalink)
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There is no point getting a card that can read or write the data faster than your camera can handle it. Data transfer in or out is determined by the slowest point. If thats the camera read/write speed then there is no point investing lots of cash in fast cards. I also only use 4GB maximum, simply because there are too many images for me to process if I fill an 8gb, and imagine if the card went kaput....all those images lost!
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Old 23-10-2011, 22:31   #4 (permalink)
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Cheers guys thanx for advice so i went for Integral SDHC Class 10 Memory Card 8GB £7.62 inc p&p
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-SDH...9405331&sr=8-5

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Old 23-10-2011, 23:05   #5 (permalink)
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It depends on your use of the camera versus the capability of the camera...what's that? The D90 has a working buffer of '9' RAW shots which it will fill as it writes to the SD card. If you reckon on shooting more than that in a sequence then you need a fast card in order to empty the buffer A.S.A.P.. If you are not going to fire off huge numbers of photos in a burst, then you do not need a fast card. If you are going to video then even a class 4 is fast enough (I've tried it with the D300s). With the D300(s) the buffer is 17 RAW shots, and I have used class 4 cards for normal single shot operation without problems. With the D300s CF (Sandisk Extreme 60 Mb/s) or SD (Integral ultima class 10 = 20 Mb/s) cards can be chosen so it's possible to compare. Like the D90 the camera can continuous shoot at full speed until the buffer is full. You can see that the CF card can handle a shooting rate that matches the D90 - 4.5 FPS (@12Mpx/frame), and the SD class 10 card will be too slow after the buffer fills up with 9 frames. After the buffer is full the shooting speed deteriorates. The SD class 10 card will give around 1.7 frames per second. On the D300s the max shooting rate of 7fps cannot be matched by either card so the camera slows down after the buffer count is reached.

You should also be aware of the claims made by various SD manufacturers about their class rating. Some are correct, some are faster and some are significantly slower than they claim. Integral are usually a bit faster than stated and offer good value for money. PNY are also in the value for money running for SD cards - not CF. You need to also have look at test results that show the 'write' speed. This is the important speed for the camera. Read speeds only count for downloading from the camera.

I found what seems to be a useful a useful site for the D90 Rob Galbraith DPI: Nikon D90

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Cheers thanx for the info GS
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Hi, I will add my two penneth, I bought a 16gb Transcend SDHC 10, not doing my homework properly I just bought it, it dont work in any of my compacts, my desktop cant read the files niether do my laptops! I thought I had wasted my money then I tried it in my wifes netbook hey presto it reads and writes so we have loads of room now to store stuff on, but really I should have known better I think its all about new tech not working in old tech, but I am happy to say it is now doing a grand job.........
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it dont work in any of my compacts,
Many older compact cameras cannot use memory cards over 1 or 2 GB capacity due to the technology a the time.
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Cheers guys good to know that
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