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1 4GB SD card or 4 1GB SD cards?

I want to pick up some additional SD storage for my new Canon SD700 IS camera. I’ve got a 1GB Kingston card in it right now, and it works fine – takes over 400 stills at full resolution, which is more than enough, but the video capabilities of this camera are incredible, and I will be using it a lot for video capture. On a 1GB card, it will hold about 23 minutes of 320×240 30fps video, and about 8 minutes of 640×480 30fps video. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

So I’ve been poking around on NewEgg, to see what the deals are. And that’s where I’ve hit my dillema. I can’t decide between the 4GB A-DATA SD card for $79.99, or 4 1GB A-DATA cards for $19.99 each. There’s nothing magical about 4GB – just makes for easy comparison. I could get 2 2GB cards for the same price.

Both cards get good reviews on NewEgg, and both are confirmed to work in the SD700 IS. The price is basically the same per gig. So now I have to decide whether to get one big monster 4GB card, or a bunch of 1GB cards. Multiple cards is more of a hassle to keep around, find one when you need it, etc., but a 4GB card could lose more data if it fails or gets lost or stolen. The 4GB card is rated a higher speed (150x versus 50x), but customer reviews are mixed on the speed of each. As long as it can handle the high speed 60fps video mode of my camera (which reviews indicate both can), speed isn’t too important to me.

So what do you guys think? Any opinions one way or the other?

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7 thoughts on “1 4GB SD card or 4 1GB SD cards?

  1. There is an old saying ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’.

    I have a similar situation, although mildly different. My DSLR takes Compactflash cards. I have a 512mb card, three 1 gig cards and two 2 gig cards. I recently got a deal sent to me for a 4 gig and an 8 gig card. Great prices. But I’m hesitant to go to cards that large, because of the amount of data that I could potentially lose. Yeah, it’s a ‘potential’ loss, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’d go with 2 gig SD cards, I’m sticking with 2 gig compactflash media as the largest cards that I’ll use….just my 2 cents worth.

  2. I think that 1Gb cards will encourage you to have a better backup strategy. I feel that with a 4Gb card I’d be lazy, putting off backup until I had filled a good proportion – though with my new Nikon P2 I have to admit I can send shots by wifi to the laptop so easily I do it whenever I have the camera out and the computer is on.

  3. Not everything will read an SD card that is more than 1GB in size. I have a 2GB card, which requires that I use a USB card reader that is more up to date than the one built into my laptop — which is a hassle.

  4. Philip says:

    Is there difference between companies making SD cards ? I am thinking Kensington, A-Data, SanDisk all make SD cards and there are all the same.

  5. Hassani says:

    I think having more GB is better especially if one can use a camera as for taking video and for pixs. I think I will opt for 4GB and I can buy 1GB if I want to store my Data b’se Video camera are also expensive.

  6. brian says:

    I would go for the 4 gig.
    I have a 2 gig card and it does work great however I recently went on vacation and was taking video and I had run into the issue that the 2 gig ran out of space ( after almos an hour and a half ) . I was in Peru at Machu Picchu and some of the memories are lost forever now …
    If you are going for strictly pictures maybe the smaller cards. Video … definately the 4 gig.

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