SanDisk 16gb Extreme® III 30MB/s Edition SDHC High Performance Card
From SanDisk

When you need speed, go with SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition and get more out of your advanced camera with the world's fastest SDHC card.Lightning-fast speed gives you professional-grade responsiveness, for the longest consecutive shooting performance of any SDHC card available today - and faster photo and video transfers from camera to computer, too.Guaranteed to withstand even the most severe extremes - from Arctic Circle to Sahara Desert conditions - Extreme III cards are ready to go anywhere, anytime. Plus, all Extreme III cards include SanDisk's exclusive software offer, the leading-edge media recovery technology, so you can bring accidentally deleted images and files back to life.

  • Brand: SanDisk
  • Model: SDSDX3-016G-A31
  • Dimensions: 1.69" h x 2.28" w x .51" l, .22 pounds
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 1 GHz
  • Memory: 128000MB DRAM
  • Hard Disk: 1GB
  • Processors: 1
  • Native resolution: 640x480
  • Display size: 669.2913385827

Fast, big, and reliable, but check whether you'd gain from the card before buying5
The card is big, reliable, and fast per the specs & the SanDisk brand name.

The card's speed would be useful in two cases - faster shoot rate when the camera can write 200x in continuous shooting, or faster download to computer when the card reader can read 200x.

Unless you checked either camera or card reader to go beyond 100x (e.g. Canon 450D does 100x top, see card readers in another review), a 16GB SanDisk Ultra II card would be a better deal - you'll get the same performance & card size for less than half the price.

Great Card5
This card works extremely well. Fast, and no problems. It is my 2nd 16gb card and I own over a dozen 8gb Extreme IV cards. I have used SanDisk for years (I am a sports photographer) and love them.

Great reliable card, but only 1 reader will give you >20mbps.4
I recently purchased a Canon Vixia HF100 camcorder and knew the files would be HUGE, so I was looking for the fastest downloaded setup I could find.

The card itself works great in the HF100, however the first two card readers I purchased made me question spending the extra money for the 30mbps rating. Pro Cf Reader Udma USB Reader Imagemate All In One Reader

Later I discovered that if you really dig thru the SanDisk forums (and robgalbraith dot com), you will find that there is only ONE card reader that promises 30MBps performance from this specific card and that is the SanDisk SDDR-199-A20 ImageMate® Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader and NOT the seemingly identical-but-having-more-slots SDDR-189-A20.

With my new SDDR199 reader, I am getting a 24mbps download speed, so I am content.

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