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SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 4GB SD Card Review – Finally a 4GB Card For The New 6MP+ Cameras

By Quang Bui

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Are you tired yet of swapping cards on your family vacation with your new 7MP camera? Now you can easily obtain a SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 4GB SD Card bundled with the MicroMate SDHC reader and start filling it up with super high resolution pictures. This 4GB card uses the SDHC standard allowing future capacities of up to 32GB. Before SD cards were limited to 2GB. You could go on eBay and buy a fake one that would say 4GB but were not fully accessible.

The SD card
I love taking pictures and this card could have held all 3500 I've taken in the last 6 months.
Especially with the rising popularity of video clips you'll want as much space as possible to hold all your videos to show off on YouTube and MySpace.

This card can write 9MB/sec and read 10MB/sec. With a 6MP camera you can hold approximately 4444 photos on this card and if you have a 12MP camera you can hold about 2222 photos according to SanDisk’s printed estimates. The new card uses the SDHC standard but is the same size and look as the old SD standard. The only difference is a new SDHC symbol on the label. The card is not backwards compatible with older readers or cameras. I found this out by not being able to use it with my memory card reader or older cameras.

The Reader
The package comes bundled with the SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader. The reader retails for $19.99 but comes free with the SD card.  The SDHC reader is backwards compatible so you can use your old SD cards in the MicroMate reader. This is a good call on SanDisk to bundle this reader with their new card.

The memory card comes with a lifetime limited warrantee. The MicroMate reader comes with a two year limited warrantee.

The 4GB SDHC card comes with a SDHC compatible reader


SDHC
It was designed for the 5MP+ cameras that are out and to come using the new SDHC standard. This new standard allows new capacities of 4GB to 32GB. Only newer cameras will be able to Handle this new SDHC standard.

The package clearly states on the front “Designed for high capacity SDHC devices” but I imagine many consumers will not notice this and find it imcompatible with their camera.

Overall
Finally we have a nice 4GB SD card from SanDisk. This is big enough to be the last SD card you will need. The new 4GB SD card bundled with the new MicroMate Reader will provide all the needed capacity for thouse who have purchased the higher megapixal cameras lately. The current retail price is $89.99 (used to be $220) and the street price as of August 2007 is $75. At this price it's definatly worth purchasing if your camera is compatible.

The card and camera compatibility list can be found from SanDisk here:

Compatibility Chart from SanDisk (2007 Feburary)

Brand

Device Type

Model

Max Size

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot A630

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot A640

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot A710 IS

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot G7

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot SD40

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

PowerShot SD800 IS

4GB

Canon

Digital Camera

*PowerShot SD900

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-S600

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-S770

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-Z1000

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-Z600

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-Z700

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-Z770

4GB

Casio

Digital Camera

EXILIM EX-Z850

4GB

Nikon

Digital Camera SLR

D80

4GB

Palm

Mobile Phones

Treo 680

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camcorder

SDR-S150

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camcorder

SDR-S200

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera

Lumix DMC-FX07

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera

Lumix DMC-FX3

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera

Lumix DMC-FX50

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera

Lumix DMC-FZ50

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera

Lumix DMC-LX2

4GB

Panasonic

Digital Camera SLR

Lumix DMC-L1

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera

Optio A20

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera

Optio M20

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera

Optio S7

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera

Optio W20

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera SLR

*ist DL

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera SLR

K100D

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera SLR

K10D

4GB

Pentax

Digital Camera SLR

K110D

4GB

Sanyo

Digital Camcorder

VPC-CA6

4GB

Sanyo

Digital Camcorder

VPC-HD1A

4GB

Sanyo

Digital Camera

VPC-E7

4GB

Sanyo

Digital Camera

VPC-S7

4GB

* SDHC compatible via firmware update

Published on Aug 11, 2007

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