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?