Go Big or Wireless: Large SD Cards vs. Eye-Fi?

Go Big or Wireless: Large SD Cards vs. Eye-Fi?

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 18, 2011

After having to deal with the numerous SD adapters over the years, we've come to a fork in the road in terms of memory storage. With the ubiquity of WiFi these days, wireless SD cards such as the well-received Eye-Fi Connect X2 not only work, but work well. Big what about larger SD cards? Do the perks of having larger local memory option still outweigh the newer alternatives?

Pros: The SD format has become one of the most ubiquitous memory standards for compact cameras, including newer micro 4/3rd cameras and tablet PCs. Going large with memory will not only allow you to keep everything with you (and even synchronized to the cloud with the right software), but it certainly is sweet to have plenty of space that's accessible on the fly or whenever you feel the need for it.

Cons: Like most early adoption fees, a premium is required for the latest and greatest tech. The sexy Lexon 128GB card you see above? That'll be $330, please. Sure, these prices will likely drop over the next couple of weeks, but for memory that's this large and compact, expect a dent in the wallet.

Pros: We've had great experiences with Eye-Fi's cards. They're snappy, work as designed, and are pretty affordable.

Cons: However, we have had a couple minor issues with slowness, especially with the transfer of HD video, in which case a larger capacity would be greatly beneficial.

What do you think? Is it better to invest in a wireless or larger capacity SD card?

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