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Old Apr 28, 2009, 10:31 PM   #1
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Will the use of the SanDsisk 2gb UltraII SD card make a difference in the picture or video read times?

(ex: faster read in low light or faster video?)

If not, what are the advantages over a standard SD card?
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Old Apr 30, 2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Faster than what? ;-)

An Ultra II is a card model that's been around for years now, and it's a slower card compared to many newer ones. Some of the newer Sandisk cards are much faster (for example, their Extreme III and Extreme IV series models).

But, whether or not you'd see any performance gain going to a newer card is something you'd have to test. With a faster card, you can sometimes take more photos in a burst before the camera's internal buffer (fast internal memory) fills up and the camera slows down. You may also see faster buffer flush times to media (so you can take another burst of photos faster after a previous one). Playback speed is also impacted by card speed. Sometimes you'll find restrictions on movie length with a slower card, too.

However, you really have to try a given card in a camera to see if you get any benefits. Sometimes, the camera's electronics are the bottleneck, versus the speed of the card itself. So, you may buy a very fast card and not see any benefits compared to a card like the Ultra II.

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