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Product Review: Hoodman Memory Card

When most people shop for memory cards for their digital camera, they are usually hung up on the size of the card and how many pictures it can hold. There are many factors that determine how many digital images a certain size memory card can hold. For example, how many megapixels is the camera you are using? Are you shooting JPEG, and if so, are you shooting low, medium, or high resolution JPEG? Are you shooting RAW? All of these elements will yield different size files depending on the camera and its settings. I used to buy the highest capacity and cheapest memory cards I could find on amazon.com until I realized there was something even better out there…reliability.

Years ago I bought my first two Hoodman SD memory cards, and until technology makes them obsolete, I will never buy anything else.

32 gigs of moment capturing goodness.

32 gigs of moment capturing goodness.

Is it worth it, let me work it I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it. Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I

“Is it worth it, let me work it, I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it.” – Missy Elliot

I had read online that this company I had never heard of before produced memory cards that never fail. I found this claim unrealistic, but it certainly made me do some research before I purchased their SD cards. Made in the USA, the Hoodman corporation has been manufacturing imaging products since 1986. I’m not going to lie to you when I say that seeing the words “Made in the USA” on their website was not a factor in my decision to try their product for the first time. I had never heard of an American electronics manufacturer who did not produce their product overseas, but claim to be American made/designed (cough, Apple, cough).

When the cards arrived, I put them into my dual slot Nikon D7000 and I turned the power on. As soon as I did this I received an E, telling me there was an error, on my display. I immediately called Hoodman’s toll-free phone number ready to be the first person in history to have one of their memory cards fail. The phone was answered immediately by a nice lady who spoke English as her first language (cough, Bank of AMERICA, AT&T, Adobe, Boeing, Bank One, Capital One, Wells Fargo, HP, T Mobile, Prudential, cough). After my initial surprise that I was not speaking to someone on another continent, I told her I believe that the memory cards I bought were defective. She asked me which camera I was using and I explained at the time I was using the new Nikon D7000 (remember, this was a few years ago). She told me that my camera was new, so the memory cards needed to be updated to work in my camera. A quick lesson in downloading the latest software update onto the memory cards, then putting them into my camera and everything worked perfectly.

That phone call was three years ago. I have bought a few more Hoodman sd memory cards since then (as well as upgraded a camera or two) and have never had a single problem with them.

Hoodman sd memory cards run the gamut in size. From 8 gigabytes to the whopping 128gb card, you should be able to find the right size memory card for your photographic needs. Be sure to use the link above to purchase the memory cards through amazon.com. When you do, a portion of your purchase will go directly to me to support the maintaining of cyngle.com.