What SDHC Card Do You Use?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by PR1Y35H, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. PR1Y35H

    PR1Y35H Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 5, 2012
    Hi All, I need to decide on what type of SDHC card to use in my GF2, any idea's?

  2. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    not sure if there will be substantial differences; i uses 8gb sandisk ultra i.
  3. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    the cheapest...and I've never had any problems. Sandisk I guess are the most reputable.
  4. mqavila

    mqavila Mu-43 Regular

    I use a Class 10 Transcend SDHC card. Haven't had any problems with it so far
  5. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    I've also used Transcend and Kingston and no probs. Most I believe come from the same sources ;)
  6. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Sandisk - I've had both a Panasonic and a Kingston fail on me and I'm very careful with my stuff. I was surprised at the Panasonic though. I'm sure Sandisk cards fail as well but you know, they seem to be well thought of and for the little extra it costs now it's not really an issue.
  7. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Sandisk 32GB Class 10 HD Extreme 45MB/s and Sony 16GB Class 10 90MB/s.

    GF2 should use Sandisk class 10 30MB/s. Don't use UHS-1 on your cam!

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  8. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Real Name:
    Bill (really)
    I've been very pleased with Lexar Profesional SDHCs (8 and 16 gb). They've never let me down. (But then, I always format the cards going back into a camera and I never erase in camera.)
  9. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    Sandisk Extreme Pro.
  10. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Low cost, high performance, great Amazon user reviews
  11. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Only SanDisk now. I have an Extreme III 8GB and an Extreme Pro 8GB that I use in the field. I also have an Eye-fi 8GB that I use as a studio-only card. I've had a Kingston card fail and a Patriot SD card literally break after a trip to the Taj Mahal, losing lots of shots, so I only use SanDisk cards now and haven't had a problem. I also have yet to fill an 8GB card and I only shoot RAW (no video, though).
  12. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Doesn't really matter. Get at least a Class 6 to keep up with HD video, and you're set. Personally, my favorite brand is Lexar, but I have had equally good luck with Sandisk and Kingston.
  13. okinana

    okinana Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I just got a Sandisk Extreme 16GB UHS-1 Class 10 up to 45MB/s read/write speed for $27.99 from B&H.
  14. Vripper

    Vripper Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 3, 2011
    RData 16 gig Class 10. It was very affordable from NewEgg, as well as fast and reliable.
  15. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    How do you like the Eye-fi? Ever since the PenPAL turned out to be such a huge waste of everything, I've been considering one...
  16. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
  17. jff1625

    jff1625 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2012
    do you use burst mode or bracketing? If so you probably want a class 10 card, or one that actually tells you the write-speed on the label, like those sandisk 30MBs ones. (class 10 means it should write at least at 10MBs)

    Do you use HD video (but not burst mode or bracketing) ? In that case go for class 6.

    Otherwise class 4 or slower is fine.

    I'm almost certain the GF2 doesn't support UHS-1 so don't waste money on one of those. It'd still work but you wouldn't get the benefit of the extra speed the card is capable of.

    Is your camera able to shoot more photos as soon as there's enough room in its write-buffer, or do you have to wait until the buffer is empty and everything is written to the card? I know my E-PM1 lets me shoot as soon as there's space in the buffer. It's a great feature meaning you're less likely to regret buying a slower card. If you have to wait, spend the extra to get a faster card.
  18. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes, these are also my favorites! Sandisks are very well-built, durable cards.

    I don't buy Lexar anymore because of poor construction. They are electronically reliable, but cheaply made. They only last me a year or two before they break. Usually the write protect switch is the first thing to go, but the housings also fall apart around the contacts or split in the middle. I should know, as I've had many Lexars and every single one has physically broke apart over time. Hold a Sandisk and a Lexar in your hand, and you will feel the difference.

    Why are Lexars more expensive? You got me... :confused:

    I generally avoid Kingston simply because I find them a little slower to read. Whatever their write speed may be, they just seem to have slow reading problems. That may just be a mental thing though, because I've had other Kingston memory devices like flash drives which are PAINFULLY slow to use.

    I also have and use many other cheap off-brands such as Duracell, Core Micro, PNY, etc. I actually really like the Duracell cards, and will buy one over an expensive Lexar card any day of the week, even if the Lexar is marked down cheaper. The Duracells are mostly Class 4 though, so I'm only comparing like-with-like. I would still rather have a Sandisk. ;)

    I have also had Panasonic cards, but only on rare occasion due to the over-priced cost of them. Like EP1-GF1, I have had the Panasonics fail on me. At the price you pay for them, that is not acceptable. Panasonics are not my first choice for cards, but mostly because of price. You're basically paying for a fancy gold wrapper.

    One often talked about card which I haven't had is the Transcend. I guess they're just not common enough in this area, as I never see them.

    On another note... if you don't already know, then you should be using either Class 6 or Class 10 if you are shooting High-Def video. Anything slower (Class 4, etc.) may not keep up to video write speeds. Oddly enough, they are now selling Class 4 cards which are marked "for HD Video". I don't really know what that's all about, but I assume they mean that those Class 4 cards are able to break the barrier of acceptable write speed for video. OF course, a Class 6 or Class 10 is still going to be better...

    I often see people reach for these "HD Video" cards thinking that will be the "best" for video because that's the illusion given by the packaging. I just tell them to forget it and pick up a Class 6 or Class 10 card for the same price. ;)
  19. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Real Name:
    Daniele Frizzi
    Sandisk, Lexar, Samsung... If it's a good brand and a good speed I'm not too picky.
    I bought an Eye-Fi (in europe they are sold by Sandisk but I know they don't make it) and I'm pretty happy about it too.
  20. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    On any of our cameras, the buffer is the bottleneck, not the card speed. My G2 lets me shoot as soon as there's space in the buffer, but obviously framerate drops through the floor.
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