What about those large capacity memory cards for my A80?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Baldy Cotton, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. Baldy Cotton

    Baldy Cotton Guest

    Hi Guys,

    I got a Canon A80 for Christmas. Seems like a pretty great camera and
    so far, I like it a lot. ( Already own a 40 year old Nikon, a ten year
    old Minolta, and a Pentax 67. But digital is new to me.)

    I know precious little about the memory cards.

    As I understand it, Canaon says that cards must be formatted for this
    camera. How do I do that?

    Second question...
    The camera came with a 32mb card. Seems pretty good since most seem to
    come with a 16mb. Fine, but I'm sure I'll need more sooner or later.

    I see on E-Bay that there are lots of available cards up to 256 MB for
    about $75 including shipping. Various brands, various names, etc, which
    all adds to the confusion for me.

    I need something to use so I can take a ton of photos (vacation, etc.)
    and not worry about running out of memory.

    So, if you own were me, would you rather use several small cards? (Must
    be some wisdom in that...) If so what size?

    Or would you rather have, say a couple of huge capacity cards?
    (Certainly cards will get bigger and prices will continue to fall.)

    And finally, since Canon would be delighted to sell me cards at a stiff
    price, they don't seem anxious to share info as to what particular or
    generic cards I need for my A80.

    What exactly should I look for?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Baldy <<- - wishes all yous guys a happy New Year
    Baldy Cotton, Dec 28, 2003
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  2. Baldy Cotton

    Bob Hettel Guest

    I've got several 256mb cards for mine. I've used both Sandisk and Kingston
    in my Canon with no problems but you can get better deals then what you are
    seeing on e-bay. I've typically paid around $50 with shipping.

    Bob Hettel, Dec 28, 2003
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  3. Today at Best Buy they have a SanDisk 512 CompactFlash card for $79.99
    after rebate, I just returned from buying one. That will hold over 2000
    pictures in the best mode in my 3.2 mp camera.
    Gregory Coats, Dec 28, 2003
  4. Baldy Cotton

    bluestringer Guest


    Do you really need to format it before using it? I just stuck my Lexar in,
    and starting shooting. No problems.

    bluestringer, Dec 28, 2003
  5. Baldy Cotton

    Baldy Cotton Guest

    Whoa! I prolly'll go get one.

    By next Christmas, I expect there will just be a built in hard-drive
    that will hold a dozen gigs with no need for removable cards.

    What's next?

    How about a digital contact lens that snaps a shot when you tug your
    earlobe. Then you upload it to your 'puter by touching your finger to
    your mouse for a couple seconds...
    Baldy Cotton, Dec 28, 2003
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