Memory 'chips' for SONY DSLR A300 camera
We have just purchased a new SONY DSLR alpha300 camera. It arrives tomorrowwithout storage chips. My wife and I have spent hours on line treying to figure out what chips/cards to get for the camera. For us newbies the Sundisk page is daunting..

For example one card is called "Flash Memory Card, Compact Flash Card"; the other is called "Compact Flash Card, ESP Technology" and it writes faster. Could someone simply tell me which we should get? WE are just normal amateurs and would not be taking any INDY 500 bursts..

Also which is better for practical use: 2 4-gig cards or 1 8 gig?.

Any ideas where to buy them most reasonably?..

Comments (5)

CF memory cards are relativly inexpensive now, especially in microcenter. You can always check specials in Staples or Office Depot. >$25 for 2GB..

I use cards made by Lexar and Sandisk..

I prefer to have couple memory cards instead of 1 giant. In case of card failure You will have spare memory card to use..

Since I use DSLR for long time I have 10 CF memory cards now 20GB total..


Comment #1

I like to tell people that they should get the fastest card they can get - the camera won't notice any difference but when you download to your computer you'll notice a big difference. To get the best speed you need to get a special card reader as well - I have an older Sandisk Extreme III and with a Sandisk card reader I get 15 to 20 mb/s versus 4 or 5 mb/s downloading from the camera directly. That's the difference between 2 or 3 seconds for a RAW file to transfer versus 2 or 3 RAW files a second. The Extreme IV is twice as fast again, so that would be 4 RAW files a second. Which is a fantastic thing when you've got 200 RAW files on your card ..

Comment #2

I use the Sandisk Extreme III in my A200. You can get about 1000 JPEGS on that card. Personally, I off load my images way before that most of the time. The only exception is if I am on vacation, you can use up a lot of memory. I would prefer 2 or more smaller cards to one large one..

As far as speed, I read a review on the Sony where they used two different memory cards, the Sandisk and I believe a Lexxar. THA SANDISK shot continuous images until they got tired of holding the button but the buffer filled up after anout twenty shots on the slower card>..

Comment #3

Hi again. Yes, I've heard the Sandisk flash cards are good. But when I went to order it didn't seem that simple. There were two different 4 GB SanDisk Extreme III cards. One, SDCFX3-4096-901 is listed as "Flash Memory Card, Compact Flash card" and has a read/write speed of 20 MB/sec. The other is SDCFX3-004G-A31 and is described as "Compact Flash Card, ESP Technology" and has a R/W speed of 30 MB/sec.

Just want to make sure it will fit..

Also, do I need a special flash card reader even if my computer will accept flash cards?.


Comment #4

If your computer will read flash cards, it'll be fine..

I like 8 gig cards personally. That way when I go overseas, I can take several and not run out. On a daily trip, I won't use much, but so what..

I like Sandisk Extreme IIIs and IVs. When I only shoot RAW and I can get between 350 and 400 images on an 8 gig card. 347 images if I shoot RAW and basic JPEG. Since I bought Lightroom, I'm shooting only RAW now; no need for JPEG.Cheers, Craig..

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