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High-Capacity Memory Cards

by CrisBurgess / August 21, 2006 9:26 PM PDT

I bought a 5MP camera back in approx. 2001. It used CompactFlash Cards for storage.

Shortly after that cameras started coming out with large capactiy CompactFlash cards (like 2 GB and 4 GB).

At that time I remember being told (by a nationally known pro) to stay away from the higher capacity cards because they had problems.

Well a lot of time has past sense then, and now I'm looking at SD memory cards for my new camera.

Is there any reason not to use 2GB or 4GB SD Memory cards?

Are there more problems with higher capactiy memory cards?

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

(New camera is Nikon Coolpix P4).


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I have a few newer cameras that won't take 4GB cards. But..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2006 10:52 PM PDT

The 2GB cards are working well. The last 2 2GB cards were under 39 bucks so your choice to try one. Where? Newegg and


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digital cards
by Billlake50 / August 23, 2006 4:36 AM PDT

I have to agree with kiddpeat. I would rather carry one or two extra cards with me then trust everything I shoot to one big card. Also, I have to wonder just how many pictures your taking at each outing. I know people that just shoot and shoot and shoot just to fill up their cards and if the card isn't full they don't download the pictures. Then, when they do need to get that one perfect shot the card is full. I guess what I am trying to say in my long winded way is, no matter what size card you have if you don't have the disiplne to download you pictures on a daily basis your never going to have a big enough card when you need one. Make sense?

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One consideration is how many pictures the card holds.
by Kiddpeat / August 22, 2006 1:07 AM PDT

That, in turn, depends on the size of the camera and the level of quality you shoot.

It's a case of how many eggs you want to put in a basket. If the card, for whatever reason, goes bad or is otherwise lost, big cards will lose a lot more pictures. Some folks would rather use several smaller cards to reduce the risk.

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