Concern with SD card size/class..

Hi … My sansa fuze 8GB can handle 16GB SD/SDHC card? I want to save video files in it. I saw in some posts the term Class for SD cards!! For saving video files, do I need to buy class 4? Any suggestion … please …

I was going to ask this question, too. Does the class of the microSD card matter? I have a class 6 card in my digital camera because I use it to take video sometimes. But I don’t know if the Fuze cares about card class one way or the other.

Amazon has an 8gb Sandisk microSD card for $16.15, in stock on 01/08/09. The picture show a class 4 card, but someone in the comments says it’s really a class 2. I suppose how good a deal this is really depends on what class the Fuze uses best.

I’m not sure how you determine the class of a card, but I would say yes you need a class 4 card. I bought a 2GB card some time ago (probably class 2) and when I tried to use it on my Fuze, videos constantly stuttered (music worked fine). A newer class 4 card works fine for both.

Message Edited by bdb on 01-02-2009 08:40 AM

bdb: That wasn’t a Kingston card, was it? There have been reports of Kingston cards having trouble with video.

From what’s been said before, Class 2 is the new standard for 8gb and above.  It’s suppose to be equal to a Class 4, but they just call it class 2 and that’s all you’ll find.

I found video on my 4gb and 8gb Sandisk cards work fine (except the audio/video lag on some movies [not all] that is on all small players).

I haven’t tried a 16gb card as it’s too expensive (I think i can still get 3 8gb for the same price, or at least 2 and save some dollars).

Oh and the Fuze can handle up to 32 gb (which isn’t out yet).  However you can only get 4,100 or so songs on your fuze, so if you use it for more then music, it will be fine. 

Message Edited by Dalaug234 on 01-02-2009 10:35 AM

@gwk1967 wrote:
bdb: That wasn’t a Kingston card, was it? There have been reports of Kingston cards having trouble with video.

No, it was “Patriot” (a Fry’s brand).

The class of a card define the maximum speed of data that could be writen to the card  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital_card#SD_Speed_Class_Ratings )

So, if you buy a class 2 sd card it will be longer to read/write than with a class 6 card. For music playing be the fuze, the class 2 is enougth (and even for the reading of movies it should be enougth* but I can’t confirm…). The class really matter for the copy of data into/from the card.All the class should be supported!!

* : class 2 is 2MB/s and is nearly 1,5 times the rate of a DVD which should be lesse compressed and the movies displayed on the fuze must be downscale so a fewer rate.

@dalaug234 wrote:

From what’s been said before, Class 2 is the new standard for 8gb and above.  It’s suppose to be equal to a Class 4, but they just call it class 2 and that’s all you’ll find.

Not correct.  The class rating applies the same to all capacities.  I have a new Sandisk Mobile Ultra 8GB Class 6 card.  There are many Class 6 8GB cards on Newegg.  However, if the class is not specified, it’s like class 2.

@cosmocat wrote:

The class of a card define the maximum speed of data that could be writen to the card  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital_card#SD_Speed_Class_Ratings )

Also, not quite correct.  The class rating is the guaranteed minimum MB/sec.   This means that no matter wht size file is being written or what area of the card is being written to, the transfer rate should never drop below the class rating.  The maximuim and average transfer rates are typically much higher than the class rating.

Bottom line is Class 6 is too cheap for 8GB and below to even bother with the lower speed classes.  You can get GB Class 6 cards for around $20 on Newegg.  Why bother with slower cards that will take much longer to load?