Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Class 10 SDHC Chip to the Rescue
I blew up my memory chip for the camera a while back and had to get a new one. Had because I simply did not have one to use for the camera, the other one was in use for documents and was way too small for the task.
As in 128 MB. I can blow through that in a good session of picture taking.
As prices are dropping, there simply is no reason to compromise on speed. Before I have mentioned the slower memory sticks and how to tell what you need for your camera. Class 2 should be avoided, Class 6 is good for Photos, Class 10 is the best. When I priced it all out, I was able to get an 8GB Class 10 chip for my camera for $10.
I could have gone larger but this is for the camera and I'd be tempted to use it as a drive in the little laptop.
Why this need for speed?
Plug in a slow chip and take a picture. Immediately try to take another.
Go ahead I'll wait.
And wait... and wait.
That happened at Stonewall. I tried to take a picture of a friend on a balcony. The first picture was fouled up, so I focused and waited. It took a full 30 seconds for the camera to write out the picture to the slow class 2 chip.
I ordered this Class 10 chip and waited for it to get here. Eagerly I took the chip out and put it in my camera and went out for a dog walk. I was taking pictures for no particular purpose, enjoying the act of trying to capture something without trying hard. Out of those pictures, there were actually a few that are worth sharing, so I'll have them out here. The nice thing was that my "refresh" rate - the time between pictures, is drastically better. The time now is well less than five seconds. Seeing that I may refocus and reposition the shot between taking pictures, that five seconds is more reasonable.
So remember, research your purchase - Speed kills in a car but:
In a Camera, Speed is your best friend!