Memory Cards Explained

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Memory Card Buying a memory card is usually the first item purchased for your new digital SLR camera. Purchasing a card may seem like a very easy procedure. But that will change once you start researching them. You will see that you have a lot of options ranging from $4.00 to $700.00. With such a wide price range, there is more involved than the card manufacturers just trying to make more of a profit. With a little bit of research involving the technology involved, you will be sure that you are getting the correct memory card for your digital camera and not wasting too much cash on something that doesn’t make any difference. SD (Secure Digital)What has become to be the more popular type of memory card utilized for digital cameras today is the SD (Secure Digital) card. This card is designed for a lot of hardware such as cell phones, digital cameras, PDA devices, and video cameras. More computers and TVs are being built with SD drives installed. There are 3 different sizes of SD cards; the SD card which is about the size of a postage stamp, the Mini SD Card which is a smaller, and the tiniest of the three, the Micro SD Card which is mostly used for cellular phones and smaller pieces of equipment.The SD Memory Card is compatible with a lot of DSLR cameras as well as most digital point and shoot cameras. It can be bought to contain up to 2GB of storage. The SD Card was created in 1999. These memory cards can be found at inexpensive prices. The more recent designed memory cards that are explained next have more capacity as well as quicker data writing speeds and transfer rates. Even though you can get these memory cards at a capacity of 2GB for as low as $5.00, I do not advise purchasing SD Cards. For $5.00 more you can buy a 4GB SDHC (high capacity) card. The extra storage and speed that you receive for the price is worth it, especially with the higher resolution, quicker cameras and video capable DSLRs being built now. If you run a search on Amazon for an SD Card, the majority of the hits will be for SDHC cards. A fast way to see the difference is to check out the capacity. If the memory card is 4GB or more, it is a SDHC card, and 2GB or less is a SD card. The SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory card is the next generation for the SD Card. The SDHC memory card is the same shape and size as an SD card, but it has higher transfer rates and more storage capacity. Most cameras that are being built now are SDHC compatible. Most hardware that is compatible with SDHC cards are backwards compatible with SD cards. It is possible to buy SDHC memory cards that have the ability to store 4GB to 32GB. They make SDHC cards for as low as $7.00. I advise thinking about the storage you need, or may need. It doesn’t hurt to have more than you need and for the cost it is not a bad idea to get more. A 16GB memory card will cost around $36.00 where as an 8GB about $20.00. If you record a lot of video or tend not to upload your pictures immediately after all events, then you may want more capacity. But another important factor when buying a card is transfer rates or the speed of the card. See Speed below.

The SDXC is the newest generation of memory card from the SD Association that increases storage from 32GB to 2TB. The SDXC’s physical dimensions are equal to the SD/SDHC cards. The only difference is on the insides. Most cameras being manufactured today, are going to be built with SDXC compatibility. This ups the storage and speed limits from the SDHC card. Consider that you will pay top dollar for new technology and their will be things to consider before paying top dollar for the newest cards. If you purchase one of the new DSLR cameras available now, you may want to consider a highly rated SDHC card for the first few months then transition up when costs decrease. This will allow time for the SDXC cards to be tested so that research can be done to see if the upgrade is even worth the money for your digital camera.Based on the SD Card Association’s website there are three speed classes of of SD/SD/SDHC cards (Class 2, 4, and 6). Class 2 SD cards have a minimum transfer rate of 2 MB per second, class 4 have 4 MB/s and class 6 has 6 MB/s. There are class 10 cards available too. The new SDXC cards coming out will be capable of transfer rates of 109 MB/s with possible capabilities of 300MB/s in the future. Manufacturers do increase the transfer rates higher than minimum. A class 6 card can be made to so that transfer rates of 12 MB/s are possible. It is important to read the manufactures explanation of the memory card. Generally speaking, the quicker and more capacity means more cost. Another fact is that just because the builder says that the card can transfer at 12 MB/s doesn’t mean that YOUR digital camera will be able to produce such results. See “Speed”. CF Cards (Compact Flash)The CF (CompactFlash) memory cards are bigger in size than the SD memory cards mentioned earlier. They come in two types, CF type I and CF type II. Type II cards are about 2 millimeters thicker than type I memory cards so it is important to check your camera’s compatibility before buying a CF card. Many digital cameras that allow CF cards allow both types, but newer digital cameras manufactured today seem to be allowing only the type I memory cards.The CF memory cards are a little advanced over the SD cards when it comes to size and speed. Sandisk recently manufactured a 64GB CF-I card that has a transfer speed of 90 MB/s. But this is going to cost you anywhere from $300 to $600. Though the new SDXC explained earlier has abilities of 2 TB of storage and up to 300 MB/s transfer rate (by the end of 2010), they are not available for purchase yet. And when they are, they will be in the 64GB range and cost about $600.00 too. So, if you need the MOST space and speed then a CF card will hand that to you, but for a big price. Also it will most likely out perform your camera leaving you little difference to notice from a slower SDHC memory card. UDMA – The 64 GB CD memory card talked about earlier has UDMA technology. When looking for a digital camera you might see this as a highlight for the camera in the “storage” category. UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) is a more recent technology that speeds up the movement of data. This technology is only available on CF cards. But not all CF memory cards are UDMA compliant. It is necessary to keep in mind that before you spend extra cash on a CF UDMA card be sure that it will work with your camera. If your digital camera doesn’t support UDMA, it will probably work O.K. but you will not see any increase in performance. A huge benefit of UDMA is the transfer speed to your computer. But you will not see improvement in performance unless you have a UDMA enabled memory card reader. FAT32 – When looking for a digital camera, you might see “FAT32 Enabled” in the storage description. If you are looking at cameras now and you notice this, it might be because you are considering at a digital camera that was designed a while ago but is still being built today. FAT32 is a file system that took over the old file system which was used by digital cameras and memory cards (FAT or FAT16). Once the limit of the memory cards broke the 2GB wall the necessity for a more efficient file system was noticed. The FAT32 system is more efficient allowing mass storage up to the levels needed today. So a FAT32 is no longer a feature that needs to be boasted as an attractant for consumers, because all digital cameras being built now are FAT32 compliant. Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo The Memory Stick Pro Duo is a memory card developed by Sony. It is one of the latest versions of the Sony Memory Stick. If you are thinking of buying a Sony DSLR you might have observed that it is a choice to use for storage of your pictures. Sony is the developer of the card so it only makes sense that they have a slot for it on their cameras. They MemoryStick Pro Duo can be bought up to 32GB with a transfer rate of up to 36 MB/s. They cost more than the SDHC cards. The Sony DSLR models have dual slots for memory cards. You can use both a Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo or a CF memory card in the A850. In all other Sony DSLRs you have the choice between a Pro Duo or an SD/SDHC. Speed The speed of the card is as important as the space. The question when it comes to speed is; How important is speed to your photo shoots? If you shoot a lot of sport photography or children playing and like to use the burst feature on your DSLR, then the transfer rate is something to be considered. The transfer rate is the rate at which the memory card can write data from the camera. The camera has a rate at which it is able to move data to the memory card too. You need to consider both. If your camera is only capable of moving data at 7 MB/s, then buying a memory card that has the capability to move data at 30 MB/s is not logical. Knowing how the transfer rate works with a particular piece of hardware can allow you save cash by not purchasing a card that was designed for a quicker camera.For example; the Nikon D3000 boasts a burst rate of 3 frames per second. Also the D3000 has a buffer of 100 frames. The buffer is a temporary holding spot for the pictures in the camera’s memory prior to it being transferred to the memory card. The camera is able to write to it’s own memory quicker than to the card, so this enables you to take the subsequent shot fast instead of waiting for the transfer to finish. Beings that the camera’s image processor itself restricts the camera to 3 frames per second, a quicker card will not improve this performance. And since the buffer can carry 100 frames, you most likely don’t need to worry about going over the limit.

However, this only applies to jpeg files. If you own a Nikon D3000 and decide to shoot NEF (RAW) files, the buffer allows 6 frames to be stored before you are restricted by the transfer rate of the card. Once the buffer is maxed out, your rate is dependent on how fast the camera and memory card work together to transfer the files onto the card. If you burst those first 6 frames, you will get 3 frames per second for 2 seconds but then the burst rate will decrease a lot depending on the transfer rates of the camera and card. So if you own a D3000, and you want to shoot RAW files and you know you will need to burst more than 6 shots at a time, then you will need to invest in the fastest card for your camera. Where as if you know that you are going to shoot jpeg all the time or you know that you don’t need burst speeds that continue over 6 shots, you can keep some cash and buy a slower card without noticing any lack of performance. Storage Though I think transfer rate is equally important, storage space seems to be the biggest priority for memory card buyers. If you research a card manufacturer’s website, you will notice a lot of charts showing how many images and minutes of high def video each size memory card can hold. You need to think of your mission as a photographer.I prefer to have some back up. I would like to have 2 or 3 cards with me that have the capability of holding 500 RAW pictures a piece, instead of 1 that can hold 1000. These solid state memory cards are very strong. They can handle being dropped, stepped on and there are stories that many have survived being submersed in water for a day as well as a cycle through the washing machine with no data lost. But you can’t recover lost images from a lost card. So I advise carrying extras with you. Shooting RAW uses more space over jpeg. But just because you take jpeg images now doesn’t mean you won’t start shooting RAW in the future. Also, just because you are not utilizing your memory card for video now does not mean you will not buy a new HD Video Camera nest month. With storage costing so little today, I advise paying the extra $10 or $25 for more capacity. This allows you to use the card for longer and maybe other pieces of hardware. Regardless, using a DSLR, with the burst rates they are capable of, I do not advise getting a card that will hold less than 500 images.Visit my site to see a chart that gives some examples of how many images a particular card will hold depending on the setting of the camera. The more megapixels, the less images. Also if you are taking RAW pics you can expect the quantity of photos that can fit on the memory card to be reduced by more than half.


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1976 – The Best Year Ever?

A recent news report confirmed categorically that 1976 was THE year.I have to say that I smiled when I heard that. And then I started to drift back and I smiled even more. I really do think that 1976 was the best year of my childhood years.In 1976, I was 13 years old and my life couldn’t have been better. I was the second child of Ron and Frances Buckley. My dad was a farmer and my mother cleaned at the school that I attended. My older brother Stephen had left school the year before with a stack of grade A O-Levels (when exams were hard…)In 1976 I didn’t have a care in the world, it was the much talked about “long, hot summer” and all I had to worry about was whether it was going to rain or not, (it didn’t of course!), if I had 37 pence on a Tuesday (this was so I could go to the local record shop and buy the single of my choice!), whether I’d done my maths homework (I usually hadn’t…) and I looked forward to my 14th birthday at the end of summer. I used to love getting cards in the post, I knew that in two of them at least there would be postal orders – from my Nanna and my Great Auntie. A first class stamp in 1976 (a posh one with a picture on, was 8 ½ pence. That is how uncomplicated my life was.If friends had fall-outs in 1976, we simply stopped speaking to each other and until one or the other held out an olive branch, that is how it stayed. Once we left the confines of the school gates, apart from a bit of name calling as we walked home, or waited for the bus, that was the extent of our arguments.We didn’t have to worry about receiving an email, text message, being berated on Facebook, or worse, deleted on Facebook – apparently these days, being deleted from Facebook is tantamount to divorce! No, we resorted to good old fashioned arguments and once we closed our bedroom doors, that was it – we could listen to our 7 inch singles on our portable record players, (leaving the arm over so that we could listen to the same song over and over and over again!).I know that in the last few years my job has changed considerably with the use of the internet, social media and it is fair to say that the digital era does allow even more creativity than ever before, but if someone had told me in 1976 that 30 odd years later, I would be able to read a newspaper on a computer screen, not only that, make a comment on it immediately, I would have laughed, and then ran off to get another ice lolly. Nowadays I often wonder how the libel and slander laws worked back then and how many more cases there are now than in 1976, because after all, what was written in a newspaper on a Sunday was read and digested by many, but by Tuesday that same paper would be wrapped around a portion of fish and chips, which incidentally would have cost 80 pence in 1976 (that information comes courtesy of a fish and chip shop in Edinburgh – the owner must have thought I was mad when I rang to ask him how much his fish and chips cost in 1976!).With hindsight, the fashion in 1976 was perhaps questionable, but at the time I thought that the bottle green trouser suit with flares that I tripped over regularly looked pretty damned good! As a result of the platform shoes I wore during the 70’s I now have very weak ankles having fallen off them more times than I can remember, but at the time it seemed worth it!In 1976 life was simple, it really was.I look back on this year with such fondness and if I could go back in time and live it all over again I would.

Unique and Fun Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, TN

This lovely little piece of Tennessee became the place that attracted travelers to the quiet community in the Appalachia beginning in the early 1960’s. From a small community with modest lodging and not much of a draw outside of the natural landscape, to a destination that draws up to 10 million guests a year, Pigeon Forge is a great place for families to get it all in.There are endless attractions and things to see in this gorgeous land connected to the Smokey Mountains, which is exactly why a visit here should be on your family’s Fall to do list.Dollywood
Recognized by the International Applause Awards as one of the best theme parks in the country, Dollywood is probably the top attraction in Pigeon Forge. This was especially true on May 11th of this year, when Dolly Parton herself acted as the Dolly Parade’s grand marshal. At the park, you’ll be sure to enjoy over forty thrill rides and attractions coupled with a ton of great live shows. The one of a kind “Wild Eagle” is the newest ride here and soars 21 stories up above Dollywood and offers a great look at the Smokey Mountains and their fall colors at eye watering speeds. Whatever your reason for visiting Dollywood, you’ll be sure to have a great time enjoying it all!Lumberjack Feud
Be sure to bring your family out to this dinner show like none other. When you arrive, you will find that the crowd has as much to do with the competition as the talent do, pitting families against each other as cheerleaders for opposing lumberjacks. If you have ever been to one of these types of shows before, you know that the involvement is all about having a good time and no hard work is required. Witty and talented performers put on a show that is sure to please every generation of your family. You have the option of just going for the show which is worth every penny of the $30, or you can combine dinner with the entertainment for about $12 more for adults. Kid’s prices are reduced of course. Go show your family a good time they won’t soon forget at the feud. You will all be happy you did.Smoky Mountain Ziplines
If you have never experienced a zip line excursion in the Fall, you are missing out! If you have but, haven’t been to this one, you are certainly missing out. Over a mile and a half of lines take you zipping through the forest at over 40 mph. Safe and exciting, this venue is a must for all. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by army trucks to set the tone of adventure. Quick and clear instructions will have you on your way safe and comfortably. The staff is kind, professional,and most of all fun. The course is perfect for all types of people from the ambitious thrill seekers to the more timid first timers. A wonderful way to enjoy a day out in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is another must try attraction.Parrot Mountain and Garden
Even if you are not an avid aviary enthusiast, you will be sure to enjoy the beauty of Parrot Mountain. A little outside of the main part of town, Parrot Mountain and Garden is a great place to get a little down time while being enchanted by the wonder of the wide array of tropical birds and well designed habitat. The birds here love to entertain saying some of the “wildest” things while performing tricks for your attention. Prices vary and are listed on the website, but aren’t steep at all considering the effort these folks put into caring for these remarkable birds. Fly over to Parrot Mountain while in Pigeon Forge. You won’t be sorry.The Old Mill
Are you looking for a great place to bring your family to eat, shop, and spend some time wandering through Pigeon Forge? Well look no further. This quaint village offers a clean and picturesque environment that exemplifies the word unique. Another great destination for the family, The Old Mill combines specialty shops with southern style eateries and restaurants perfect for those with empty stomachs and a thirst for old fashioned crafts and specialty gifts. The parking is free and shops are generally open for most of the day. While the shopping and food are great, I’d suggest the best part of the Old Mill is the environment that is a perfect combination of historical landmarks and beautiful natural surroundings.Zorb
What is a Zorb you ask? It is a wild ride that will have you tumbling down the side of a hill inside a safe bubble with specially designed tracks. Bubbles with and without water inside are available. So, if you want to get wet, know that they won’t be providing dry clothes. Prices vary based on different packages. If you are planning to spend part of your day in Dollywood, know that they are right down the street from each other to plan your trip accordingly. This is the only official Zorb site in the U.S. Now that’s unique and fun!WonderWorks
Again, be sure to bring the family to this one! Fun and exciting for all ages, the building has a fabled “history” of being carried by a tornado from the Bermuda Triangle which should tell you that these guys make it fun and light hearted. The facility is engaging and is full of activities for a low price. The cornerstone of this attraction is Terry Evanswood’s “Wonders of Magic” which draws large crowds so it’s advised to get there early for the best seats. With over 100 interactive exhibits such as the inversion tunnel, laser tag, disaster zone, and challenge zone, your family will have plenty of fun things to do. Prices are about $15 for adult general admission and there are great combo deals as well. Check it out. WonderWorks is open at 9 am 365 days a year.

Know The Different Types of Web Hosting Server

Websites are windows to the online world. All we see in the WWW are websites that points to a particular Uniform Resource Locator or url that often consists of a domain name, IP address and a root path in an Internet Protocol-based network. These websites are loaded with information about companies, individuals and many more. How these websites make their way into the WWW is through web hosting. Websites are being hosted in a server that connects to the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 times a week. Web hosts are those companies who own a space that can be uploaded through the server.There are many types of web hosting servers such as Virtual Private Server or VPS, Dedicated Servers and Shared hosting. If you are planning to set up a website of your own, you should have a better understanding of these types of web hosting servers.Shared HostingThis is the most popular web hosting server for websites. Why? Because Shared hosting will only cost you a few dollars monthly. This type of web hosting is shared by a number of websites likewise the resources such as disk space, bandwidth, memory, processing power, etc. are also shared among other websites that share the common server. Shared web hosting suits almost any kind of website. Your only main concern here is that you should choose your hosting company wisely. A reliable hosting company can easily solve the issues regarding bandwidth, space, processing, etc.Dedicated ServerDedicated server suits large businesses that have a lot of traffic. Large businesses needs a website that requires a lot of resources like bandwidth, disk space, memory and processing capacity. Shared hosting is a wise choice for large businesses because only one website is being hosted per server thus, the resources are not shared among other websites. Web masters have two options regarding on how they would want to manage it. A managed dedicated server works best for those who do not want to go on the technical details of handling their websites. If the web master is exposed on the technical aspects of servers, then an unmanaged dedicated server will best work for him so that he will have a better control over the server.Virtual Private Server or VPSA VPS hosting is a type of hosting that have both the features of a shared hosting and a dedicated server. The server is divided into several servers and each used has one part of the server. In VPS hosting, you can get a root access along with customization services.

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Hard Carrying Case (Candy Black) and Tripod for JVC PICSIO GC-FM1AUS HD Camcorder Black Ice

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