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Old Jan 25, 2010, 8:29 AM   #1
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Default Best SDHC Card(s) for Panasonic FZ38 Video

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I'm looking to get honest end-user opinions on which SDHC cards are best for the FZ38 (FZ35 in USA).

I believe Panasonic recommend "class 6" SDHC cards for the FZ38, but they also state a minimum read/write speed of 10Mb/s* not all cards are created equal, and AFAIK class 6 designation only guarantees 6Mb/s, so some so called 'hi speed' cards presumably won't cut the mustard......

Is it was worth going for a Panasonic Class 10 card, or should I look at one of the other leading brands?

Appreciate some input, experiences and opinions please!!
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 8:59 AM   #2
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Well panasonic is a high end brand actually. And I have one of the class 6 8gb cards, and it work great when I shoot in burst or HD video.

Do no knot to much about the Afaik card.

But all class 6 cards give you a min of 12m/ms of read/write. That is the stardard of the class 6, 6 read 6 write making 12mb/s

I have used a sandisk ultra II class 4 with a stated 15mb/s, class 4 guarantees 4 up and 4 down and 8mb/s total. So I know the sandisk ultra is a very fast class 4 card, I am pretty sure it has a higher read speed then write. I have used it to take a 12min hd video in 1080p and had no issue, and it is good for burst shots on my T1i/500D for about 4 second before a bit of a buffer lag. But I think the canon has a big buffer.

I also use a delkin efilm 16gb class 6 card which I pick up for around 40 dollars. And I have hand no issues what so ever. It is as good as my panasonic card.

You don't need to get a high price card, if you get a reputable brand like kingston, delkin, lexar, and transcend. They are as good as sandisk and panasonic. That is just my opinion. And a class 6 should do fine for your camera. Also I just got a free hama class 6 card. And it works fine in my camera, needed to cash in some mile that were about to expire.
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Thanks shoturtle –*very useful.

I was concerned that Panasonic state a minimum write speed of 10Mb/s which is greater than standard 'class 6' spec.... good to know Sandisk Ultra II (class 4) performs well, as does the delkin.

I planned to get a couple of cards, so it might be a good idea to get one high-end, and one budget and see how things go? I have still to order the FZ38, and may wait a week or so more, just in case there are any extra-interesting PMA announcements.......

[Sorry for any confusion in my first post – AFAIK = "As far as I know", and not a brand over here in the UK]
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Just one bit of advice, do not buy any memory card on ebay unless you trust the seller, there are allot for hack and fake cards sold there.
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Appreciate the advice! It's one thing I would be wary of on eBay for sure.
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This thread would make a good Sticky.
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