SanDisk Extreme 16 GB, Class 10 (45MB/s) - SDHC UHS-I Card - (SDSDRX3-016G-A21) Reviews

SanDisk Extreme 16 GB, Class 10 (45MB/s) - SDHC UHS-I Card - (SDSDRX3-016G-A21)

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SanDisk Extreme 16B SDHC Memory Card: Fast, Abundant Storage - Perfect for Digitial-SLRs With HD-Video!

Mar 20, 2012 (Updated Mar 20, 2012)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Fast, excellent capacity (16GB), durable, great value on sale

Cons:None

The Bottom Line:

This memory card is great for any usage, but it’s an especially great value for digital photography and videography. It provides reasonably priced, high performance for the non-pro user.


Memory cards have come a long way since I purchased my first digital camera. I remember when a 512 megabyte (MB) card held hundreds of photos and averaged $75. Now memory cards that transfer at high speeds and store gigabytes (GB) of data are commonly sold for half of that price. My collection of memory cards spans the entire evolution of the technology ranging from 32MB standard speed cards to high speed, high capacity memory.

When I recently upgraded my digital-SLR, I quickly realized I needed to upgrade my memory cards. I had been pushing the limits of my memory cards in terms of speed and capacity with my last camera so it was only logical to expand my flash card collection now. I purchased the SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC Memory Card when I saw it in a sales flyer and thought it was a good opportunity to upgrade.

Memory Card Type
This card is a Secure Digital (SD) memory card, which is a format that is widely use among many brands of cameras and other devices that use flash memory like GPS units and the Nintendo Wii. The high capacity format (SDHC) was created to exceed the storage capacity limit of the original SD cards when capacities above 2GB became necessary. SDHC cards are not backwards compatible in older SD readers so it would be advisable to check which formats your device supports before buying this memory card. In some cases, older devices that originally weren’t set up to support SDHC may support it after a software or firmware update. As a general rule, though, cameras created within the last four years support SDHC (up to 32GB) and the newer SDXC formats (above 32GB).
 
Performance
I have been very happy with the performance of this memory card. I had previously been using the SanDisk Extreme III 4GB SDHC Memory Card with my Canon Digital Rebel XSi and the SanDisk Ultra II 2GB SD Memory Card with my Canon point-and-shoot and have noticed a significant increase in performance with this memory card. It has decreased the lag time between photos, almost eliminating it entirely. This is especially noticeable when shooting in continuous shot mode on my new Canon Digital Rebel T2i. I used to experience a few seconds of lag in which the XSi would display the word “busy” after taking twenty or so continuous shots. With this card, I was able to take full advantage of the camera’s speed in taking a series of photos of my toddler cousin running around, without my camera stopping before he does. The faster read speed has also has a noticeable impact. Continuous shots almost look like video because I’m able to skip through them so quickly during playback. The speed also allows for HD video shooting, which was a new feature I gained with the T2i.

There were some odd discrepancies about the read/write speed of this memory card. According to the package and the front of the actual card, the card has a read/write speed of 45 MB/s or 300x. I would guess that this estimated speed is very accurate since I’ve observed such a perceptible speed difference between this and my previous cards. For some reason, the photo attached to this listing on Epinions shows a photo of the card with a 20MB/s speed listed on it. Only adding to the confusion, all of the links to buy this product show the card with a 35MB/s read/write speed. All of these listings have the exact same model number as listed above the UPC on my actual product box. Even more puzzling is that the exact product listed on BestBuy.com shows a 35MB/s speed in the product photo, even though the same product SKU and price is listed on the receipt from my store purchase as on their website.
 
Storage Capacity
This memory card has a 16GB capacity. On my Canon T2i, it holds 1,949 photos or four hours of high-definition video. It provided quadruple the memory of my previous highest capacity memory card and was a welcome upgrade. I still carry a backup, but it’s nice knowing I can shoot my entire vacation on one card. The same card showed a capacity for  4,500 photos in my point-and-shoot. Since it varies by camera, it’s difficult to pinpoint how much this card will store for various uses. I would say the average point-and-shoot camera can record 4000-6000 photos on this memory card. Music files also vary in size based on quality and length, but one can expect to store about 4,000 songs.
 
Durability
This SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC Memory Card is extremely durable. Like any other solid state memory, it is shock resistant and therefore not easily damaged by impacts. I’ve already dropped it twice with no negative effects. It is also purported to be water proof, temperature proof, and x-ray proof, but I haven’t felt a need to test these properties. I can say my last SanDisk memory card had no issues performing in extreme temperatures. I used it on a 120 degree day at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada and after I left it in my car for two days in the winter.  
 
Price
I have seen this memory card priced as high as $54.99, but I purchased two of them for $24.99 each on sale. It was definitely a great deal and I’m very happy with the performance for the money I spent.


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