Originally Posted by matt hammer
Yeah I was just reading that most of the company's are gradually moving away from the internal memory. Is there any advantage to having the on board memory as it relates to the camcorder itself? Why put any internal memory on a camcorder if you can just record everything on card. Other than having it on board what is its advantage?
Does anyone have a recommendation on what the best cards to own are? Is there any difference in quality from one brand to the next?
I see no advantage to on-board, internal memory. I prefer SD cards. They are more versatile and, if used correctly, more secure. For example, if you are traveling, use a fresh SD card everyday or even half day. If something goes wrong with one of the cards or the camera itself, you minimize the loss.
Regarding brand, there seem to be two groups here. I'm in the group that believes any recognizable brand is good enough. I have SD cards that say Amazon, HP, Transcend and SanDisk on them. I use a free, downloadable program called "H2testw" to test them before use. Others here swear by a certain brand and pay extra to get it.
I think more important than brand, is the Class rating. My cameras specify Class 6 or higher in their instruction books. I buy Class 10 because they seem to be more available and more frequently on sale. Cameras produce data a a certain rate and the Class ratings are about being able to accept data at certain rates. It make little sense to buy cards that can accept data faster than the camera can produce it.
The most important part is to treat the SD card, and even camera memory, as temporary. The data is not safe until it is on a computer and backed up to an independent external HDD.