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SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD Card Memory Card

Released on 07 August 2006

Manufacturer: SanDisk

4.0 out of 5 (52 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Serious professional photographers who demand one of the fastest, most rugged, and most durable memory cards on the market should choose the SanDisk Extreme III SD card. Built to work under the most challenging conditions, with SanDisk Extreme III you'll get more speed, better performance, and unmatched reliability.

That's because only SanDisk Extreme III memory cards feature innovative ESP Technology for the fastest speeds and highest performance. ESP stands for 'Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing'. Simply put, it means you are getting the fastest read/write speeds available - an amazing minimum 20MB per second** sequential read and write speed - speed you'll definitely appreciate whenever you find yourself shooting and storing pictures in harsh environments, extreme temperatures or at high altitudes.

Every SanDisk Extreme III SD card comes with RescuePRO® so you can recover images, documents, mail, video, music - just about any digital file, with ease. Built with leading-edge media recovery algorithms, RescuePRO lets you preview recoverable data before you try to retrieve it. With RescuePro's unique recovery algorithm for MPEG audio and MPEG video recovery (MPEG-1/2/3) what you see, and what you hear, is what you can recover.
  • Designed to meet the critical speed and performance needs of serious professional photographers-lets you quickly capture, view, upload and transfer large image files Ideal for demanding photo shoots under severe weather conditions-heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, etc.
  • Built to perform in the most extreme environments and temperatures-from -13º F to 185º F -25º C to 85º C
  • Min 20MB/second sequential read and write
  • Durable, reliable and thoroughly tested-temperature tested (heat and cold)
  • shock and vibration tested
  • Data recovery software-ensures your photos will always be there (even if you delete them accidentally)
  • Dedicated, priority technical support hotline for direct customers of SanDisk Extreme products
  • Included travel case keeps your memory cards organized

customer Reviews

 Average rating (52 reviews)

 So far, so good. But will it deliver ?

| | See all Dabdave's reviews (2)

It was my birthday and we are going off on hols abroad soon and having purchased a compact Point and Shoot (Sanyo Xacti E60) I wanted some new memory cards ! I did some research and realised that if i wanted the best then it was Sandisk, Lexar (and maybe Kingston or the newcomer Transcend) which I had to look at. I also had an older camera Konica Minolta Z10 which would benefit from a bit more speed !! I read through hours of reviews from pro photo sites and various forums and apart from a few negative comments the clear recommendation was Sandisk - and if you wanted speed/quality - the Sandisk Extreme III range in particular. Having bought the 2GB and 1GB versions what are my conclusions from using it over the last few days ? Well, to be honest I have mixed feelings towards this product.

Firstly, it is very clear the Extreme cards are held with some respect and Sandisk have packaged them up with some fine free software and a pouch to give the pro - consumer some value. That's fine of course, but I am not a pro-user I am a glorified point and shoot guy !! I noticed little difference in the older Konica Minolta Z10 camera except in burst or continuous mode - and playback mode. But nothing exciting !

The newer Sanyo Xacti E60 is noticebly faster in recording and playback and the flashing red light on the cam displays a fair bit less with the Extreme III. This means recording to the card is taking less time.

So if you are using compact digicams - I reckon more recent models will benefit from this product. However, this SD card is more likely to be useful to DSLR/high end digital users - and to be honest these are marketed by Sandisk at the professional user and enthusiast !!

Secondly, price. Is the few extra pounds for the Sandisk reasonable value compared to other makes ? At the Play.com current price of £17 for 2GB and £12 for 1GB they are worth consideration by even casual shooters. So don't dismiss this range because you feel your camera isn't good enough - the extra software and bits plus the warranty makes this a really good Play.com deal.

Conversely, some good deals for slower and cheaper cards are still available and compact digital cameras still function well with these. I have been happy with Viking in particular which are made by Toshiba.

Thirdly, while on the subject of Viking/Toshiba and the build quality of the Sandisk Extreme III. I have to say that the Viking card feels a better quality product (made in Japan) than the Extreme III (made in China) which surprised me. Whether this is a cosmetic issue - but I would say that the Extreme III feels lighter and less robust. But remember looks can deceive and this card has been tested and given an impressive warranty. Time will tell !

Finally, it doesn't matter how much you pay for a memory card or who makes it and where they make it - you have to look after these objects. It is best to format these cards in the camera first (that is the camera you intend to use it in!) All cameras are different and claimed high speeds from card manufacturers maybe difficult to acheive in your 2 year old Pentax - have realistic expectations. Also your card reader may not cope with the speed of the Extreme III.

I am seeing some improvement in performance - not huge for a digital camera - but my expectations were quite modest. I intend to road test these fully before using them on holidays abroad. The build quality of these have surprised me - and will be watched carefully.

Play.com pricing is excellent - and makes these an affordable option for cheapskates like me .........

 Excellent ! very fast write in my panasonic dmz-f7

| | See all sparkykev's reviews (4)

I was abit worried about spending the extra money to get this card but iam glad i did! The digital camera i use it in did have a cheapy card in it and on taking a photo the card took about 1-2 seconds to save it . This card the sandisk extreme is much quicker half a second or less !
Worth the extra money . But note your old PC card reader may not support it as its 2gb , so you may need a new card reader for your pc thats supports 2gb capacities. Data recovery software is usefull too if you mistakenly delete a pic may be able to get it back (i did).

 "The" card for High-MP Cameras and Action Photographers

| | See all Studio1701's reviews (4)

When SanDisk, and more importantly other reviews say this card is fast, they mean VERY FAST!

My Casio EX-Z1200 (12.1MP Ultra-Compact) is able to write its 4,000x3,000 Highest Quality (7-8MB per file) images to it at THREE per Second, with no lag whatsoever.

Read speed is just as impresive when reviewing photos on camera or downloading to PC. Haven't tried the bundled image recovery software yet, as had no need to.

This card even enhances your old Cameras!
Before I bought this, I used a 256MB SanDisk (Standard Blue one) in my HP PhotoSmart 850 (4.1MP Bridge/DSLR, 56x Zoom (7 Opt,8 Dig)) and it took 2-4 seconds to write to the card. Put the Extreme in and Bang! Down to 1 second.

In fact, my only gripe is not to do with the card itself, but its packaging.
The blister packets are a pain to get into and leaving them intact in case of product return is nigh impossible.

Though I do like the cases they supply with the cards, plus this card comes with an additional Keyring zip pouch which holds 2 SD cards in their cases, or in my case another card and spare battery, a very useful freebie!

 Top performing card.

| | See all GrumpyMonster's reviews (1)

This card is fast and will not leave you waiting. I use it in my Nikon camera and have not yet had to wait for data to be writen to the card. You will not be dissapointed.

 The Best Yet

| | See all Sc0oter's reviews (7)

Top 100 Sport and Outdoor Reviewer

After buying numerous types and manufacturers this is the first one that will actually let my Nikon D40 shoot at its full 2.8 FPS shooting speed.

The performance is by far the best I have seen and the recovery software is absolutely unbelievable.

I had an old Play 1GB card that had wedding photos on and became corrupt. I would not use it again because of this and I could never get the photos off no matter what software I used. The recovery software recovered 127 out of 129 and all were in perfect condition. It also fixed the errors on the card for me with the format tool.

I would have gladly paid the money for the software alone. An absolute bargain...

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