SD Card question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Nil, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Nil

    Nil Guest

    This may or may not be strictly a camera question, but here it is:

    I have a Samsung HZ30W point-'n-shoot. I'm having trouble finding
    explicit specs about the maximum size SDHC card it will accept, but
    I've been using a 4 GB and I see mention around the net of it taking an
    8 GB. I bought a 16 GB SDHC card for another purpose that I no longer
    need. I'm wondering if it might work in the camera, perhaps with only 8
    GB being available.

    I'd try it myself, but I don't want to open the packaging - if there
    doesn't seem to be a reasonable chance of it working, I plan to return
    Nil, Oct 11, 2012
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    otter Guest

    The specs from Samsung say "up to 2GB guaranteed".

    That said, I think it is worth trying the 16GB. Or perhaps you can
    borrow a card to try it out.
    otter, Oct 11, 2012
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  3. Nil

    Nil Guest

    After I wrote that I read the manual again, and I found where it says,
    "SD card (up to 2 GB guaranteed) - SDHC card (up to 8 GB guaranteed)."
    It seems phrased very oddly to me, vaguely implying that it will work
    with a higher-capacity card, but not coming right out and saying it.

    I was with a bunch of people with cameras last weekend. That would have
    been the time to borrow an SDHC card, but it didn't enter my mind.
    Nil, Oct 11, 2012
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    ray Guest

    I would assume, until shown otherwise, that if it does SDHC cards it
    should not matter what size they are. My old Kodak P850 only took SD
    cards - did not understand SDHC at all. BTW - it is possible to make a 4gb
    SD card - nothing in the standard to prohibit that.
    ray, Oct 11, 2012
  5. Nil

    Nil Guest

    Maybe that's the explanation - if it takes an SDHC card, it *should*
    take any capacity, though they only tested the lower-capacity ones.
    This camera is a few years old, and high-capacity cards were scarcer
    then and have only gotten bigger since then.

    By that logic, it seems like my 16 GB one will probably work. I think
    I'll open it and give it a try. I'll forfeit the right to return it,
    but it's not that much money. If it doesn't work I'll find another use
    for it or give it away.

    It's amazing that this little piece of plastic the size of a postage
    stamp has thousands of times more storage capacity than devices the
    size of a refrigerator back in the '80s.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Nil, Oct 11, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    At the time the camera was designed and built the standard for SD and
    SDHC above 2 and 8 GB (resp.) probably had not been set in stone, so
    they state their guarantee on what they know works.
    Alan Browne, Oct 12, 2012
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    Joel Guest

    *IF* your camera (or any device) accepts SD card larger than 2GB then it
    should be able to accept *most* (if not ALL) SDHC larger than 4GB (like 8GB
    or 16GB). I was about to try the 64GB but not yet so I don't know. My
    cameras use CF memory card, and my cellphone don't need more than 16GB (what
    I have on my cellphone).

    BTW, since you already have 16GB card why not try it yourself, and I bet
    you a nickel that it should work (90-98% sure)
    Joel, Oct 14, 2012
  8. Nil

    Nil Guest

    As I said earlier, I was trying to avoid opening the packaging in
    order to return it if the general opinion was that it wouldn't work.
    Based on yours and other's comments, I decided it was worth trying
    it out... and it works, hallelujah! I now have more storage on that
    camera than I will probably ever need.

    Thanks, all, for your help.
    Nil, Oct 15, 2012
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    ASCII Guest

    Like Roy Rogers gun, you know, the one that never ran out of bullets ;-)
    ASCII, Oct 15, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Famous last words.
    PeterN, Oct 17, 2012
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    Joel Guest

    It doesn't matter if you try to avoid or not (it's your issue), I can only
    be able to give you the general information and that's all.

    You don't try then you won't never know .. if you ask the same question
    next year .. ten years later and the answer probably still the same.
    Joel, Oct 19, 2012
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    Nil Guest

    I do appreciate you taking the time to try to help. However, you asked
    the question "why not try it out." I had already clearly answered that
    question in my very first post. I thought it was obvious that I was
    already aware of that "general information."
    Nil, Oct 19, 2012
  13. Having lived through changing rolls of film every 36 exposures (or even
    12, but I was mostly a 35mm guy), I find I can cope pretty well with
    having to pay attention and change rolls even as often as every 400
    shots :). If I'm shooting something at all fast-moving, changing the
    card *near* when it's full, at a pause in the action, helps. (Changing
    cards is also rather faster than changing a roll of film.)

    Although it was kind of amusing when I put my 32GB card in my D700 and
    discovered that the display showed "1.5k" available exposures (that's in
    lossless compression mode; 1.2k in uncompressed). Hadn't known the top
    LCD had that form available.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Oct 28, 2012
  14. Or use a camera with 2 slots, automatically cutting over to
    the next card once the old one is full ... :)

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Oct 31, 2012
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