Trascend Class 10 SDHC Card Review

The prices of SDHC cards have recently gone up especially in sizes 8gb, 16gb and up. When i got my new EOS 60D about a month ago, I new I needed some new set of SDHC Cards, and since I’ve  been a long time user of  the Sandisk Extreme III Cards, that was my first choice. But when I saw the price of the Sandisks cards I was a little surprise, because I got mine for about $20.00 each about a year ago when I bought four of them. So I decided to browse for more options on Amazon, that’s when I saw the Trascend Class 10 SDHC, there were a lot of good reviews and some negative ones, but I decided to give it a try and bought 3. Now I have 5 Trascend 8gb SDHC Class 10 Cards and just about to order a 16gb. I have been using them for more than a month now and it hasn’t given me any problems yet and I’m pretty satisfied with it’s performance. I have already use it to shoot some short video clips on my Canon EOS 60D and the performance is more than adequate.

Features / Specifications :

– Fully compatible with SD 3.0 Standards
– SDHC Class 10 compliant
– Compatible with all SDHC-labeled host devices (not compatible with standard SD)
– Easy to use, plug-and-play operation
– Built-in Error Correcting Code (ECC) to detect and correct transfer errors
– Complies with Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) portable device requirements
– Supports Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM)
– Allows In System Programming (ISP) for updating firmware
– Supports auto-standby, power-off and sleep modes
– Mechanical write-protection switch
– RoHS compliant
– Limited Lifetime Warranty*

I have not fully tested it in shooting video on my 60D, but based on the few video clips I shot, it looks like I won’t have any problems with. I did quick comparison test between my Sandisk Extreme III 8gb Class 6 SDHC card and the Transcend 8gb Class 10  SDHC. Here are the results.

Sandisk  = 37 photos in 24 secs
Trascend  = 29 photos in 24 secs

The test was conducted using my canon eos 60d in high speed mode of 5.3FPS.  The camera was also set to shoot in the Highest Resolution Raw format. In the test I was continuously pressing the shutter for 24secs. I was actually a little surprised with the result. The Sandisk Extreme III Class 6 surely beats the Transcend Class 10 in terms of write speed. The Extreme III has a read /write speed of up to 20mb/sec and the transcend (according to one reviewer from amazon ) has a 20mb/sec read and only 16mb/sec write.  It’s clear that the Trascend has a slower write speed, which explains why the transcend only recorded 29 photos in 24 sec compare to the sandisk’s 36 photos.

Conclusion :

If I really need a fast and reliable card maybe for videos, I will get the Sandisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC Cards, but for what I need right now, the transcend is more than enough. It’s seems pretty reliable and well built just like the Sandisks. We’ll see in the next few months, if it breaks, I’m surely going to post it here for others to read.

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