This is a quick review of the Samsung 8GB Micro SDHC memory for phones, PDAs and digital cameras. Folks from MemoryCardZoo.com contacted me earlier this year, asking me to review a memory card for them. They described it as “practically indestructible” and allowed me to do whatever I want with it. “Sounds good, send it over” was my response and I already planned some things in my mind for this little puppy.
I also requested MemoryCardZoo to send an SD card adapter, since I wanted to test the memory card when using it with the Nikon D7000, a second D7000 DSLR body that I was testing). Shortly after, I received a small, nicely packaged envelope with the 8GB Micro card, along with a Samsung SD adapter. It has been a while since I used a Micro SD card (ever since I switched to the iPhone from Blackberry), so I almost forgot how tiny these cards are. I used 256MB and 512MB cards before, but this was my first high-capacity 8GB card. When you handle one of these, you realize how much we have advanced in technology. Packing a whopping 8GB into a card that is the size of a nail, now that’s incredible. Here is a shot of the memory along with an adapter:
Standard SD memory is 4+ times larger in size! Digital Camera Essentials awarded these cards from Samsung as the Editor’s Choice saying “Picking up the Editors Choice, the notable features include the 5/10 year warranty (depending on card type) and the amazing levels of durability, being water, magnet, and shock proof. A new standard in memory cards has definitely been created”. To see if what they claim is true, I decided to run some destruction tests:
- Leave it under direct sun for a few hours
- Expose it to very cold temperatures below 32F
- Expose it to extreme humidity
- Put it in boiled water for a few seconds
- Put it into sand and dirt, then wash it in cold water
Obviously, before doing the above tests, I had the memory card filled with photographs from the D7000. After backing up all the images to my PC, I started the tests at home. The idea was to see if I could recover all photographs without any errors after all tests. The cold temperature test was performed in my fridge, where I stuck the memory for 3+ hours without any protection. Oh, and the tests were performed with the card itself, excluding the adapter.
I am happy to report that the Samsung 8GB Micro SDHC lived up to its expectations! The memory did survive after all of my tests and all images were successfully copied to my computer without any errors. I then ran additional tests by copying and deleting more files and sure enough, it worked like a charm. My only complaint is the speed. While the read speed was relatively fast, averaging around 12-15 MB/second, write speed was at around 5-6 MB/second. Both are above class 4 specs, which is good news, but I would rather get the much faster class 10 memory. Writes on the D7000 were rather slow and the buffer on the camera filled up very quickly when shooting in continuous mode. Obviously, this kind of memory is not really optimized for speed and is more suited for phones and other personal devices than DSLRs.
If you need compact memory for your handheld device, or if you shoot in extremely tough weather conditions and need reliable memory that will survive pretty much anything, the Samsung 8GB Micro SDHC is definitely worth checking out. MemoryCardZoo.com specializes in memory cards and they have a huge selection of memory cards on their website.