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SD card for *ist DL

Question from new owner of *ist DL. Does any one have any experience using the 2GB A-data brand "turbo" SD card in a DS/DL ? Supposedly 150X .

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Re: SD card for *ist DL

I use 1GB cards, different brands and prices in my DS. Comparing the speed differences between Kingston standard and Sandisk Extreme gives that the Extreme card is marginally faster, not much faster than I would say it's a human error when clocking them. But, when it comes to downloading it is another thing. The faster card will perform better in your next dSLR. Or at least maybe it will. If the price difference is small I would go with the faster card.

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Re: SD card for *ist DL

I use 1G 45x-60x cards in the DS. I doubt whether you'll see any performance benefit from anything faster than that in the DL, other than downloading to your computer, but I believe the 2G capacity will be fine.

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Re: SD card for *ist DL

Interesting... I've heard that (for the DS at least) the camera isn't capable of using more than about 60X, but of course your downloads can be faster if you use a reader. At 2gb, this might give you some benefit, but a full transfer of 1gb on a garden variety sandisk only takes a few minutes.

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