Maximum size SD card for my camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Daguerreotype type, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. I have a Canon A580 camera and all that the Canon Web site says about
    the SD card it can take is, "Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card,
    MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card."

    Can anyone tell me the maximum size SD card or SDHC card that it will
    take? Thanks for any help.
    Daguerreotype type, Jan 30, 2009
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  2. Thanks a lot, Neil. That puts my mind to rest on this. I've been using
    1GB SD cards for a while and I wanted to know how high I could go with
    it. Now for a lot less swapping of cards.
    Daguerreotype type, Jan 30, 2009
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  3. Daguerreotype type

    tony cooper Guest

    While I don't say you are wrong in any way, I prefer having several
    cards instead of one large card. If one card goes bad after a shoot
    or a trip, you lose just the images on that card. It's never happened
    to me, but it's not inconceivable.

    Last week I went out to take some photos and found - an hour from home
    - that I had left my card in the card reader. I keep two spare cards
    in the case, though.
    tony cooper, Jan 30, 2009
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    Wally Guest

    I just bought a 16 gig card for my camera. I'm betting I will never
    lose a picture on it... but if I have a bunch of 2 gig cards, I have a
    good chance of losing one or getting them mixed up. For me, no
    fumbling with cards when I'm shooting. I'll most likely only need to
    remove the card when I'm safely at the computer.

    There are 32 gig cards coming available now... when the price comes
    down I wil buy one of those.

    Wally, Jan 31, 2009
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    ASAAR Guest

    Several years ago some said that 512MB cards were too big. I've
    purchased dozens of cards from 48MB to 16GB and never had a failure.
    For me, buying a 160GB Imagetank would be dumb, especially since a
    decent, lightweight NetPC with a 160GB drive, a 10" screen and a 5
    or 6 hour battery can be bought for about $300 by those that are
    paranoid. Having an assistant copy cards to an Imagetank may be a
    reasonable precaution for working pros, but it's a bit excessive for
    most casual photographers. At only $18 for 8GB Class 6 SDHC and
    $19.50 for 8GB CF cards (Kingston, both from B&H) I've got to wonder
    what you're paying that goosed that "my goodness!" out of you? :)
    ASAAR, Jan 31, 2009
  6. All I have at this point are some 1GB SD cards. It really will be
    convenient to not hae to swap out those cars all the time. I'll still
    have a couple of 1GB cards in the camera case all the time.
    Daguerreotype type, Feb 2, 2009
  7. I'm not a professional phtographer, I'm not even an amateur
    phtographer. Of course I'd really not like to lose photographs because
    of a SD card failing on me, but I'd also lioke to not have to swap
    cars all the time.

    Could people tell me how often they've personally had a SD or SDHC
    cards fail on their own, as opposed to getting lost or stepped on or
    Daguerreotype type, Feb 2, 2009
  8. I have an "old" and slow camera, so I'm probably not going to have to
    worry about the speed of the cards. So I've just spent $16.00 for a
    Kingston 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card - Class 4. I
    spent $10 each for 1GB SD cards not all that long ago. I'm just hoping
    that it'll work in my camera.
    Daguerreotype type, Feb 2, 2009
  9. Oh please, how often do memory cards actually fail? How many actual
    cases do you know about? And no, "the grandfather of my friend's cousin
    third removed heard from a friend..." doesn't count.

    Yes, there are faked cards out there. Those you can test for before
    using them. And yes, sometimes people manage to break a pin while
    inserting them (which actually speaks for avoiding swapping cards). And
    yes, they have a maximum write cycle. I am still looking for someone
    exceeding that number. And yes, you can accidentally format them,
    accidentally delete the photos, corrupt the file system by removing the
    card while a write is in progress (another reason not to switch cards),
    but all of those are user error.

    All in all flash memory cards are pretty much the most reliable
    electronic gear imaginable. IMNSHO the risk if loosing photos because
    using a large card instead of several smaller cards is vastly

    Jürgen Exner, Feb 2, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    I've never had a card go bad. I still prefer to swap out smaller
    cards (4 gig) because, if I would step on the card or otherwise
    destroy the card, I'd lose one-half, one-third, or one-fourth of my
    images and not all of them.

    This "all the time"... How frequently would you fill a 4 gig or even
    a 1 gig card before uploading the contents? How many shots do you
    take in a day?

    If you are not a professional, and not on a cruise or something where
    you shoot several days without uploading, are you really going to have
    to swap out "all the time"?

    I don't think it's wrong to use large capacity cards, but I am curious
    about the reasoning used.
    tony cooper, Feb 2, 2009
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    cbj0129 Guest

    I have never had a card "fail". I probably have a dozen or more of
    various sized cards. I have had occasional corruption and instances
    where the write protect switch fell out. The instance of corruption
    occurred while on vacation and all but 3 images were recoverable.
    Reformatted the card and am still using it.

    Larger cards are more useful if you shoot RAW with high mp cameras. My
    D300 gets about 280 photos on an 8G card. I usually keep a 4G or 8G
    card in the D300 so that I can shoot RAW if I need. In our cameras
    which don't shoot RAW, I use 1G or 2G.

    If your camera also shoots video, use the largest card you can afford.
    cbj0129, Feb 2, 2009
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    Wally Guest

    I had a CF card temporarily fail when it was being swapped between two
    cameras and a Mac several times. It came back to life by itself later
    in my own camera, no pics lost.

    Whether you have several small cards or one big one is up to you
    (obviously). What is scarier to you, losing pics due to failure of the
    card because of some glitch in the card, or losing pics due to
    accidents having to do with changing cards?

    In my experience it is always an awkward moment when I change cards,
    like in a crowded street in a foreign city, or in a field where it
    would be bad to drop the card, or at the VERY moment when the nude
    model is striking the most provocative poses. So I prefer big cards so
    I'm always ready to shoot, and don't have to take it out till I'm
    safely at my computer.

    What is the chance of failure of the card? Published mean time between
    failures seem to be several million hours, and write cycles are around
    10,000 to 1,000,000. Sounds pretty safe to me.

    I've got a 16 GB card in my XSi. That means I will run out of battery
    before I run out of memory. So I bought a spare battery! But most of
    the time I am pretty sure I will be home or back at my hotel room to
    recharge the battery before it runs out. There is still an advantage
    (IMHO) to keeping the same card in the camera for maybe a week or more
    when I'm travelling.

    Wally, Feb 2, 2009
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    ASAAR Guest

    They weren't cheap back when they were purchased. Did you miss
    the "several years ago"? It sure seems like you did, because the
    time variable was used to make a point, one which you also missed.
    Those older memory cards were the faster/fastest of the available
    speeds back then, so you can't really compare them with today's much
    higher speed cards. You're spoiled by the performance of today's
    high speed memory cards. This is now, that was then, and back then
    cameras wouldn't have been able to take advantage of today's high
    speed cards if they were available. I gave real prices for real
    products that can be easily found (at B&H and also from other
    dealers), contrasted with the vagueness of the ones you mentioned.
    The Class 6 SDHC cards I listed are more than fast enough for most
    cameras. The CF cards may not be the fastest, but you can get very
    high speed CF cards for much less than the $100 and $200 cards that
    you haven't identified (size, speed, dealer). Maybe you need to go
    on a "buying" vacation if flash card prices are abnormally high at
    your location. You'd probably have to travel beyond the Azores. :)
    ASAAR, Feb 3, 2009
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    whisky-dave Guest

    Had one SDHC card fail, well 3 for the 28 images couldn't be copied back
    the camera, think I used a card reader to get the remaining 25 off as the
    couldn;t access any of them It was a 1Gb scandisk, is a HP327, a real chheap
    in fact so cheap we got it free with when buying a £60 printer !
    Reformated the card and it seems ok.
    whisky-dave, Feb 3, 2009
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    whisky-dave Guest

    I used to have a similar problem with film.
    I'd probably drop more than the card ;-)
    I guess that also applies to the memory card ;-)
    I agree but I like to have a spare card, my prime card 4GB currently is kept
    the camera an older 1GB card in the shirt pocket, not in case the opther
    but in case that nude model pops out and I need extra space. :)
    whisky-dave, Feb 3, 2009
  16. I'm glad to hear it. I'm reading that the cards last a good long
    while, it seems. I was remembering when this technology was new and
    less featured.
    I only had a collection of 1 GB SD cards. I could fill them up too
    As I said, I'm not even an amateur photographer. I know that I need to
    take a bunch of shots in order to get something that might look decent
    even to my eye once I get it back on the computer. I have filled up a
    1 GB card on occasion.

    After hearing about the capacity of my camera on this ng I went and
    bought a Kingston 8 GB SDHC for it. I'll keep a 1 GB in the case to
    back up if I ever get that one filled up.
    Well, too often and sometimes inconveniently.
    Part of the reasoning may be that I'm lazy and prefer to just shoot
    and not worry about having to swap out the card because I've filled it
    up. I am unlikely to fill up that 8 GB SDHC while I'm out. It's just
    one less thing I'll feel the need to worry about.
    Daguerreotype type, Feb 10, 2009
  17. Yeah, what can you do if that falls out? I've had them accidentally
    switch on as I put them into the computer. If one fell out and locked
    the card in a read-only condition I'd be so annoyed.
    It will shoot video. And maybe I'll shoot some now.
    Daguerreotype type, Feb 10, 2009
  18. Mine is a Panasonic. It works on 1 or 2gb, but will not work
    on a 4 GB card. Says it needs SDHC, but that doesn't work,
    either. I advise to try it. Before I wrote this, others will
    have answered your question.

    Christopher A. Young
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    I have a Canon A580 camera and all that the Canon Web site
    says about
    the SD card it can take is, "Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory
    MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card."

    Can anyone tell me the maximum size SD card or SDHC card
    that it will
    take? Thanks for any help.
    Stormin Mormon, Feb 14, 2009
  19. Getting the latest firmware update for a camera generally helps with SDHC
    Regards Mike.
    Mike Cawood, HND BIT, Feb 15, 2009
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