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Old Aug 28, 2004, 6:13 AM   #1
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I want to get a really good, long lasting SD card from amazon.com (preferably with a worldwide redeemable warranty), but i dont know which to buy. I need it to be able to work at full speed with the 5 megapixel 3 pic per sec Panasonic Lumix FZ20.

I liked the look of the

Viking 512 MB Secure Digital Flash Card (SD512M)

Sandisk 512MB 60x Extreme Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card

Lexar Media 1GB SD Card (32X) SD1GB-32-231

However all were plagued by rumours of problems.

i would prefer a gb card, but 2x512 will do.

also which oens of them are faster than the panasonic ones?

Thanks ppl
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Old Aug 28, 2004, 9:37 AM   #2
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i would like to know also, im thinking of buying the fz20 and want to get an idea of the price of a very good sd card that works well with the cam
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Old Aug 28, 2004, 10:46 AM   #3
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How about the obvious choice? A Panasonic Secure Digital Card in a Panasonic Camera.

Panasonic's 256mb and 512mb Secure Digital Cards are rated at 10mb/second -- the equivalent ofabout 66x, since most manufacturers use 1x=150kb/second. Their smaller cards are slower.

In mylatest camera (Konica KD-510z/Minolta G500), the ONLY Secure Digital card in 512mb size on the manufacturer's tested cards list is the Panasonic card. Konica-Minolta used to list the Sandisk Standard Cards through 128mb as being tested (with specific warnings that the Sandisk Standard 256mb SD card could cause camera malfunctions with errors). But they have since removed all Sandisk SD Cards, in all sizes from the tested cards list for it. Now, only Panasonic and Toshiba SDcards are on the compatibility list through 256mb size, and only Panasonic is listed in 512mb size.

Personally, I would not use anything except for a Panasonic Card in larger sizes with my camera (or a card using the same components). Simpletech's 256mb and 512mb SD cards are also rated at 10mb/second -- they are using the same components as the Panasonic SD Cards in these sizes). Also, I have never seen a reported failure of a Panasonic or Simpletech SD card in 256mb or 512mb size from any Digital Camera user (although, I'm sure that any brandcan fail under the right conditions -- I've just never seen a failure reported with these).

I suspect that the number of failures you see with SD in larger sizes with some brands may be related to memory density (since SD is so small). IMO, Panasonic seems to be doing something right in this area.




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oanasonic card eh? well thats way way way too expensive $500 i dont think so... thats why i was asking about tther brands!
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oanasonic card eh? well thats way way way too expensive $500 i dont think so... thats why i was asking about tther brands!
$500.00? Where are you shopping? None of the online dealers are that expensive:

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Panasoni...d_RP_SDH512U1A

Also, check out the Simpletech (it's using the same components as the Panasonic Card and it's less expensive):

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Simple_T...ard_STI_SD_512

Here's somebody that says they've got 7 left at $99.12 each (but I'd call tomake sure their online inventory is accurate):

http://www.thetwistergroup.com/store...2F512%20D20020

Their customer reviews look OK (but they don't have many yet):

http://www.resellerratings.com/seller4467.html


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oanasonic card eh? well thats way way way too expensive $500 i dont think so... thats why i was asking about tther brands!
$500.00? Where are you shopping? None of the online dealers are that expensive:

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Panasoni...d_RP_SDH512U1A

Also, check out the Simpletech (it's using the same components as the Panasonic Card and it's less expensive):

http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Simple_T...ard_STI_SD_512


Here's somebody that says they've got 7 left at $99.12 each (but I'd call to make sure their online inventory is accurate):

http://www.thetwistergroup.com/store...2F512%20D20020

Their customer reviews look OK (but they don't have many yet):

http://www.resellerratings.com/seller4467.html



I was talking about the panasonic 1gb card... i am looking at amazon.com ... the lexar 32x one is only 130$ but the pana is 500

how fast can the FZ20 write to memory anyway...? There is no point buying a card with faster wtite speeds than the cam... :P
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I was talking about the panasonic 1gb card... i am looking at amazon.com ... the lexar 32x one is only 130$ but the pana is 500

how fast can the FZ20 write to memory anyway...? There is no point buying a card with faster wtite speeds than the cam... :P
I'm not sure anybody even knows how fast the new DMC-FZ20 writes to memory yet.

As far as the new Panasonic 1GB SD Card, B&H Photo & Video (one of the largest stores in the U.S.) is the only vendor that *really* has them in stock, as far as I can tell.

They've got it for $359.95:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...amp;sku=327196

IMO, you'd be better off buying a couple of the Simpletech 512mb SDCards at ~$100.00 each. These are rebranded Panasonic cards and rated at 10mb/second (approximately 66x).
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Old Aug 28, 2004, 10:19 PM   #8
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but they dont sell the FZ20... but they do do internation shipping... any other ppl you know who have the fz 20 and do interntional shipping

btw thansk fro that info i was trying figure out how fast the panasonic ones were
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I just edited my last post on the new 1GB Panasonic. The original press releases from March indicated that it was 20mb/second. However, the product specs on the Panasonic Web Site still show it at 10mb/second (which is still faster than everybody else).

I'll look into it (it may be a web site error in the specs since the press releases indicated it would be 20mb/second -- more than twice as fast as anybody elses SD cards).

As far as the DMC-FZ20,nobody in the U.S. actually has it yet (if they say they do, I think they're probably lying to you). You'll have to be patient if you want one.
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Actually, Circuit City has the FZ20. It's even on sale right now for 539.99. I just bought one and it's on the way. Just to let you know, they sell out very quickly, but they get more in stock quite frequently. I can't wait for it to get here
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