How Do I Know If Am Buying A Genuine Memory Card..
a) Ultimately the lowest price will always be key when choosing to buy a product. However this isn't always the case with flash memory cards. There is a massive opportunity to sell flash memory at the moment as there are so many accessories that use flash memory. This means that the flash memory market is currently rife with fakes at the moment due to the massive re-selling opportunities on offer. The most obvious way to spot whether a memory card is fake is the price. We regularly spot memory cards on the market at a lower price than what we can buy them for. This is usually the first sign that the memory card is a fake. Re-sellers can only offer a very similar price on memory cards to other re-sellers as the price changes daily +/- in the flash memory market. Our tip is to research the market and see the what the current going price is on a particular format, as you will find that the genuine cards offered by authorised sellers are of very similar price. It's then down to the buyer to decide who they buy from.
b) Sandisk are currently the most renowned re-produced fakes at the moment. Genuine Sandisk memory cards usually come in a blister packed package. If you see a re-seller offering a sandisk OEM/Bulk memory card then the chances are that it will be fake, especially if its from the UK/Far East.
c) Also check whether a re-seller is a genuine re-seller of a particular brand of memory. This is also an easy way to spot whether a seller is offering fakes or genuine products. Genuine re-sellers are usually authorised re-sellers that have been certified by the Brands distributor.
d) Our advice if buying from eBay is to carefully check a sellers feedback.
Which Capacity Of Memory Card Is Correct For Me...
Please view our storage chart below as a guide;
Guide for SD/SDHC/CF/MicroSD Memory Cards
Capacity Pictures Music Video
1.3MP 3MP 5MP 8MP 10MP 12MP Songs Mins
1GB 1572 905 595 317 260 198 190 102
2GB 3144 1808 1190 635 521 396 380 204
4GB 6288 3619 2381 1270 1038 826 760 272
8GB 12576 7238 4762 2540 2084 1660 1520 544
16GB 25152 14476 9524 5080 4168 3320 3040 1088
Guide for XD Memory Cards
5MP 6MP 7MP 8MP 9MP
1GB 819 680 586 502 456
2GB 1639 1361 1173 1005 913
Please note the above is only a guide and can vary depending on compression ratios, lighting etc.
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