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Memory card size limitations ?
I have a Canon A630, are there memory card size limitations for this camera? Can I use a 4 GB SanDisk card ? Are there any advantages to larger size cards besides capacity ?

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One thing to keep in mind is is a large card goes bad, you can loose a lot of images.....as opposed to having four 1Gb cards.......

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Comment #1

It takes SDHC, high capacity SD cards, so you should be good up to 8GB..

However, the file system used for memory cards tends to lead to slower read times as cards become fuller. 2 GB cards are a good compromise..

Brian A...

Comment #2

LOL This is of course completely off topic, but this posting made me think back to when a 250 film back was a piece of equipment only a few pros used (and you had to load your own film!!).

How times have changed!!..

Comment #3

B Gavin wrote:.

LOL This is of course completely off topic, but this posting made methink back to when a 250 film back was a piece of equipment only afew pros used (and you had to load your own film!!).

Yeah but they sure made your camera look impressive! .

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...go to the manufacturer's website..

Http://www.sandisk.com/...List.aspx?DeviceTypeID=1004&ManufacturerID=1020.

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I would not recommend a 4GB card. A 4 GB card can be either an SD card or an SDHC. A 4GB SD card is outside the SD spec (which goes to 2GB only) and can be temperamental. SDHC cards are very new and finding a card reader which works with them can be a problem (that includes readers in your PC tower, PSDs etc etc)..

At the moment you are better off buying fast 2 x 2GB cards. That way you lose less if a card fails (I have had one failure in my 5 x 2GB SD cards). They are also likely to be cheaper.Chris Elliott.

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Comment #6

Thank all of you for your responses. I'll follow your good advice...

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Chris Elliott wrote:.

At the moment you are better off buying fast 2 x 2GB cards. That wayyou lose less if a card fails (I have had one failure in my 5 x 2GBSD cards). They are also likely to be cheaper..

Cheaper indeed. For folks in the US, Calumet camera is selling 2GB SanDisk Ultra II cards at 2/$35 this month. I doubt that you could get a 4GB Ultra II card for that price anywhere...

Comment #8

Hey guys,.

I bought a Lexar Professional UDMA 4BG 300x speed card quite some time ago and have never had any problems. I love the capacity and the speed in great...

Comment #9

Up to 2GB, cards will get slightly faster, even with the same speed rating. After 2GB there is a drop, but they still get *slightly* faster as they go bigger. The 4GB card, if it is the same brand and speed rating, will actually be a bit slower than the 2GB. Check the specs for your camera and card reader, some units cannot use the FAT32 file system that cards larger than 2GB utilize..

What factors are there to consider really, besides capacity, speed, and compatibility?..

Comment #10

Sruli wrote:.

What factors are there to consider really, besides capacity, speed,and compatibility?.

Adding to the discussion before sruli's last post, I have beginner's memory questions. When I first got my Canon S3IS a SD 16 mb memory card came with it. the first thing I did was to buy a super talent 1 gb SD card since I thought I would surely need that memory if I took more than a few shots at a time. In hindsight now I think I was right..

Next I tried to shoot a short test movie with the 1 gb card. What seemed to happen was it worked, but only to take a short movie, less than 15 seconds..

Looking at the user guide there's reference to memory for this camera such as SDC-512MSH recommended. But there are capacity and time charts that seem to indicate times upwards to about one hour or so movies. I'm confused about what card(s), made by who, longest memory possible or best combination of sizes or capacities. What size and number should I get above the 1gb SD card I have to make long(er) movies?..

Comment #11

In some older cameras the movie length was limited by the camera's buffer, not the memory card. In this case most cameras were limited to 15s video clips. You could store a large number of video clips (up to card size) but each clip would be only 15s..

I don't know about your camera, but this seems to be the case.Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #12

It's also possible that the problem is the speed of the memory card. If the card is fast enough to keep up with the stream of new video data, the camera might be able to record for a lot longer than if it has to buffer everything, then write it out slowly..

Looking through my iPhoto library, I see that I have a 67-second video clip of my cat (640 x 480 AVI file). That came from a S2 IS (the predecessor to the S3 IS) that was using either a 1 GB or a 2 GB SanDisk Ultra II SD card...

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