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07-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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This may be a repeat question, but have any of you experienced problems with any of your DSLR's and Patriot Brand SDHC's? I bought a Patriot 16GB Class 4 for use with my K7 and although it seems fast enough to handle K-7 processes, sometimes I get errors like: No Card, or Can't write to Card, Card is not readable. I take it out, reinsert it and it works; then same thing happens two minutes later. I have used other Class 4 cards in the K-7 with no problem - such as the Toshiba 8GB and the Sandisk Extreme 8GB.

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I would be very wary of any product called 'Patriot' in the US. I'd be deeply suspicious that it was aimed at suckers.
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Thanks Brit. I would be inclined to agree with you if they weren't so broadly distributed. See: Amazon.com: patriot sdhc cards for example. Mine came from Office Depot which normally carries legit stuff.
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I've used them in the past without problem. However, just recently my sister nearly lost a card full of vacation shots with a brand new 8GB card. And I got a "Card Error" the other day on a new 16GB Patriot card (cycled the power on the camera and it went away).

I typically buy cards on price, but I might stay away from Patriot for a while. Did you buy yours at Fry's? That's where I see them a lot (and where these two came from).

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Patriot cards are the only ones I've had write problems with. I have 3 8gb cards of theirs that I'll never use again.
I just don't trust anything but genuine Sandisk. Even their Ultra cards, which are nominally a class 4 are twice as fast as the Patriot class 4 cards.
I believe the write problems are cause by the card not taking data as fast as it should.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shutterbob Quote
This may be a repeat question, but have any of you experienced problems with any of your DSLR's and Patriot Brand SDHC's? I bought a Patriot 16GB Class 4 for use with my K7 and although it seems fast enough to handle K-7 processes, sometimes I get errors like: No Card, or Can't write to Card, Card is not readable. I take it out, reinsert it and it works; then same thing happens two minutes later. I have used other Class 4 cards in the K-7 with no problem - such as the Toshiba 8GB and the Sandisk Extreme 8GB.
Nope. I have several Patriot SDHC 4 GB and a bunch of Patriot SD 2 GB, all class 4 - no problems with my K200D.
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I have a Patriot class 6 16 gig card that I have used for a long time (well over a year) with several hundred activations in my K10D. I also have an 8 gig class 6 Patriot card that I used for a bit before I got the 16 gig card. Never had a problem. I can also read them both in two computers.

Perhaps the speed class ratings on the patriot cards are not as conservative as other brands. Maybe a class 4 Patriot is no better than a class 2 Sandisk. I know the class ratings are supposed to be manufacturer independent.

Also I've used Patriot memory for several years in several of my computers. Maybe I am just lucky!

I bought my patriot memory "stuff" at Fry's in Woodland Hills and Burbank.

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I had a 8GB patriot sdhc card that I bought from frys and it failed in 4 months. I've only used it 2-3 times less than 100 shots written to it.

I replaced it with an Sandisk 16GB Ultra II from amazon.com for $30 shipped. Had that card for about 4 months now with over 800 shots written on it and no problem so far.

PNY and PQi are the other two brands that I had problems with in the past. It was when they where selling 2GB cards for about $50 or so. Not sure how they are today but I would buy them as well.
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Wound up returning my Patriot 16gb card to Fry's after it gave me another card error the other night. Power cycling cleared it up, but I didn't want to risk it.

Of course, I then bought a Polaroid (made by PNY?) 16gb card for the same price, so we'll see. I've always treated memory as a commodity to be purchased at the lowest price. This is the first time I've really had a card go bad (or almost go bad), so Patriot gets a time out from me.
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Kept getting the error messages with the Patriot Card after formatting in camera, etc. Have replaced the Class 6 Patriot with a Class 4 Kingston and the Kingston runs faster with no error messages so far. Hmmmmmm......wonder what gives?
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I tried an "Adata" 16g class 6 card on my K-7, and couldn't get more than 28 seconds continuous video at the 3 stars setting. With my Panasonic 4g class 6 and Kingston 4g class 6, I can shoot continuously with no problems, so I know now that all cards are not created equals.
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