As I write this I am impatiently waiting for my new camera to arrive. It’s due to be delivered today via UPS. Every time I hear a truck I race to my window to see if he’s here.
Why do I have a feeling this is the one day he’s going to be extremely late?
I’m getting a new Nikon Coolpix L810. I already have brand new batteries ready to go into the camera as well as a brand new SanDisk Ultra SDHC memory card. As far as I’m concerned a quality memory card is just as important as the batteries you put into your camera.
Most people are familiar with memory cards. If not, here is a brief description that I found on Wikipedia (it worded it a lot better than I could).
A memory card is an electronic flash memory data storage device used for storing digital information. They are commonly used in many electronic devices, including digital cameras, mobile phones, laptop computers, MP3 players and video game consoles. They are small, re-recordable, and able to retain data without power.
Most digital cameras require one. They come in different sizes, from 1 GB up to 32 GB (I’m not sure if they go higher than that). For the average photographer 1 GB t0 8GB should be enough. If you like to take hundreds of pictures then you’ll want to invest in something higher like 16 GB or 32 GB. I have 16GB in all of my cameras. I feel that it’s ample space since I tend to upload the pictures on my computer at the end of the day. I don’t like to keep them on the camera.
What I like about the SanDisk Ultra SDHC memory card is that it offers reliable storage space. I have never had one “fail” on me before. My husband has an older camera with some generic memory card in it and he’s had issues with it. I’m not kidding when I say that it strikes me as a .99 cent store kind of memory card. I keep telling him to get a SanDisk, even if it’s just a 1 GB or 2 GB.
The SanDisk Ultra SDHC can also help you to transfer dozens of photos, and even HD videos, from your camera to your computer within seconds. If there is one thing that irks me the most is having to wait FOREVER for pictures to upload on the computer. I just want to tweak them (like crop them and re-size them) so I can share them with family and friends right away. I don’t want to be bothered sitting around and waiting.
Some other notable features of the SanDisk Ultra SDHC memory card is that it’s waterproof, temperature proof, shock proof and X-ray proof. I wish cameras came with those features. The good news is that even if you drop and destroy your camera the photos on the SanDisk Ultra SDHC memory should be OK. The great thing about memory cards is that you can transfer them from one camera to another. You can also purchase a card reader and upload your photos directly from the card.
In addition to having a reliable memory card for your camera I also recommend having an equally as reliable, quality flash drive for your computer. I get flash drives sent to me all the from companies which contain some photos and product information. After I’m done with them I give them to my kids so they can use them to transfer homework and projects from one computer to another, or save a project to be printed out. I also like to use those flash drives to download photos on to and give them out to friends and family. It’s a lot easier than trying to e-mail a bunch of pictures.
SanDisk also makes flash drives. Their SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is perfect for not only school work but also for college students and those of us who work from home. This flash drive can literally transfer data in a “flash” (no pun intended. ). You can transfer 3GB worth of files in as little as 20 seconds. If you need to transfer a huge amount of data, like 40GB, then you are looking at a transfer rate of under 4 minutes. Considering the amount of data there is in 40GB, under four minutes is amazing.
The SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is available in 16GB to a whopping 64GB size.
I normally back things up on my computer to my external hard drive, however they are not always reliable. That is why I like to do an additional back up to a flash drive for my most important information or photos.
I like that flash drives are portable. You can slip one in your purse or pocket and take it to/from work and home. If you work a lot from home then a flash drive is a must. It’s also great for college students who don’t want to lug their computers back home with them on breaks. They can just copy what they need to the flash drive and upload it to their parent’s home computer.
You need a USB 3.0 enabled computer to use this flash drive. This flash drive sould work in most computers.
Both the SanDisk Ultra SDHC memory card and the SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive are available where most electronics and computers are sold. The price varies depending on how many GB’s you need. The higher the GB the higher the price. It’s certainly a great investment to product precious photos and important documents.
These are also great products for “back-to-school” time and would make practical “stocking stuffers” this holiday season.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. I have also used SanDisk products in the past. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.