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Old Aug 28, 2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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Any reason not to use SanDisk Ultra Class 4 SDHC card in my Panasonic ZS5 (TZ8)? Normally use regular SanDisk SDHC, but the price for 4GB Ultra card was the same at Ofice Depot as the 4GB regular at Staples ($9.95). I did a search here and have the impression that Class refers to speed of card. Manual simply says SD, SDHC, and SDXC without reference to Class 4, 6 etc. Thanks.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 8:21 AM   #2
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No reason whatsoever to NOT use it, and perhaps several TO use it.

Higher class means faster transfer speed. Your Class 4 is about 4 mb/s. Class 6 is around 6 mb/s and is usually more than sufficient for decent video. I use significantly faster cards (45 and 60 mb/s) professionally as I do a lot of 1080p Video as well as multiple still shots in rapid fire ... thus there is no lag or dropouts. Moreover, they transfer faster to my computer when using my eSATA card reader.

Get whatever speed and type of memory your camera requires and, other than price, faster should not be a problem and may be a plus for you.
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I've had more reliable results with Transcend and they're much cheaper.
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I second that I have had great results with transcend cards and they are cheaper. My current go to card is a 16GB class 10 SDHC card from Transcend.

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Noticed in the Sunday paper that Office Depot has a 16gb SanDisk SDHC Class 4 card, regularly $79.99 on sale for $22.99 ($57.00 savings). I've never used SanDisk (mine are all Lexar), but this seems to be an excellent deal, even at Class 4.
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Just remember the lower the class number the slower the card is. So a Class 4 card is slower than a class 6 card and class 6 is slower than class 10. I notice a HUGE difference between my one class 4 card and my class 10 cards in turns of shot to shot shooting and video no dropping frames.

The Class 10 16GB tanscend card I am currently using as my go to card is on sale at newegg.com for $26 with free shipping I go for the only sale for a few bucks more in the long run especially if you need shoot in burst mode you'll thank yourself for having the fast card.

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Photo5 is right!
I also use ONLY 8/16/32 GB class10 Transcend - no problems ever. Even microSDHC I use 8GB class10 for € 10

Transcend 64 GB SDXC class10 available for € 70 in Europe.
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Although I mentioned transcend as the brand and I like transcend reliability, the main thing I was trying to get is that I thought the class 4 card was slow in comparison to other cards you could buy for a few dollars more.

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