K30 - SD card size


Lancer

Link Posted 06/07/2013 - 22:44
This may seem like a silly question, but I can't find the answer in the manual; can anyone tell me the maximum size of card that the K30 will take? It came with a 16gb, but I want to get a spare and I see from Amazon that they go up to 64Gb.

While I'm on the subject - are there any cards that I should avoid? I was proposing to get Sandisk.

felix

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 03:17
Check the K30 specs and see if it is supported. But my advise is to carry a number of 16GB cards instead.

I carry 3X16GB cards wherever I go.
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vic cross

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 07:53
If the spec. doesn't tell you the max. then it will tell you SDHC which is a max of 32GB OR it will tell you SDXC which means you can use 64GB.
On my user manual front cover for K5 it has SDHC on the front cover of K5iis it has SDXC. I don't know where it will have this for the K30 but it will be somewhere?
CHEERS Vic.
PS. Whatever the capacity you buy make sure it is the fastest.
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steven9761

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 09:14
Lancer - as Vic says, make sure you get a fast card. Class 10 is good, or if you can get it, Class 16. Sandisk is quite a reputable brand, so you should be safe there too. Consider however, that if the average file size of each JPEG is about 5Mb, you should comfortably fit 200 shots per Gb onto a card. The downside to using a 32 0r a 64 Gb card is that you stand to lose 6,500 (32Gb) or 13,000 (64Gb) JPEGS if the card develops a fault, and the files are irrecoverable! That said, make your file back-ups as often as possible.
Last Edited by steven9761 on 07/07/2013 - 09:15

sussexwolf

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 11:24
steven9761 wrote:
Lancer - as Vic says, make sure you get a fast card. Class 10 is good, or if you can get it, Class 16. Sandisk is quite a reputable brand, so you should be safe there too. Consider however, that if the average file size of each JPEG is about 5Mb, you should comfortably fit 200 shots per Gb onto a card. The downside to using a 32 0r a 64 Gb card is that you stand to lose 6,500 (32Gb) or 13,000 (64Gb) JPEGS if the card develops a fault, and the files are irrecoverable! That said, make your file back-ups as often as possible.

Quite right. Good 8GB or 16 GB cards hold several hundred RAW files and many more JPEGs. I use 4GB or 8GB with my Kx and 16 GB with my K30 for RAW. It's a good idea to put a full card into a case that has a sticky label on it so that you can write some details as to what the card holds.
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sbrads

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 11:50
Video might benefit from larger than 16Gb capacity but for stills I play safe with 16Gb cards.

The K-30 is compatible with SDXC cards and according to Wikipedia, SDXC format supports cards up to 2 TB (2048 GB). There won't be enough digits on screen to tell you how many shots you have left even in RAW with that size. Not that you can buy one. A 128Gb SDXC Sandisk at 100 though is a reality.

The Sandisk 16Gb Extreme 45Mb/s cards work well with no performance issues in a K-30 if that helps. I've compared buffer recovery and fps performance with the tests in reviews where they used the latest 95Mb/s cards and couldn't see any differences to speak of, if there is I doubt you would notice anyway.

rparmar

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 13:57
sbrads wrote:
Video might benefit from larger than 16Gb capacity but for stills I play safe with 16Gb cards.

Even for video 16GB is plenty. There is something to be said for 8GB, so you don't have all your eggs in one basket.

I do have 32Gb cards for my GH1 bodies, but then again they can record for three hours continuously at high bit rates. Admittedly that's not a use case that applies to Pentax.
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Anvh

Link Posted 07/07/2013 - 22:01
rparmar wrote:
sbrads wrote:
Video might benefit from larger than 16Gb capacity but for stills I play safe with 16Gb cards.

Even for video 16GB is plenty. There is something to be said for 8GB, so you don't have all your eggs in one basket.

I would actually suggest a larger card.
I've lost 2 cards so if i had 1 big card in the camera i would not have lost those.
The stories about cards getting broken are far in between.
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Hammerlee

Link Posted 08/07/2013 - 11:16
I have to agree, the only problem I have ever had with a memory card was when changing cards. I dropped it off of the bridge I was standing on. Having a larger card would have meant no need to change and no lost holiday pictures.

rparmar

Link Posted 08/07/2013 - 11:54
I have never trusted to fate and hence always back up my shots... especially when travelling. This can be done at any given computer so long as you carry an SD card reader.

Likewise I change cards in safe places. With something as enormous as 8GB, never mind 16GB, there is no reason to wait until every last bit is filled before swapping. You should never be forced to do so in unsafe and unlikely places.
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Last Edited by rparmar on 08/07/2013 - 11:55

Lancer

Link Posted 08/07/2013 - 22:12
Thanks chaps - I really appreciate all the input. According to the manual, the K30 supports both SDHC and SDXC, so I'll have a look at those. I take the point about 1 large card, but I am painfully aware of the eggs in 1 basket argument.

I propose to leave the setting on RAW+ (ie both Jpeg and Raw), and I believe that the 16gb card will take about 470 shots with that setting - quite enough at this time, even if I go a bit berserk! I'll be backing up on a regular basis, and on hol I'll take my iPad to backup to.( sorry for the poor grammar - been an intense day!)

I'm grateful for the advice. I have about 45 years of experience with film cameras, but this is my first digital slr so in many ways I'm starting from scratch. I bought an Olympus compact a few years ago to take to Norway on a skiing expedition and I was impressed with it's capabilities - which in truth I have still not properly explored! The only problem with it, is that Olympus opted for their proprietory Xd card, which is a bit of a nuisance. If it had SD, it would (for me) have been the perfect compact!

Gamka

Link Posted 08/07/2013 - 23:22
Lancer wrote:
Thanks chaps - I really appreciate all the input. According to the manual, the K30 supports both SDHC and SDXC, so I'll have a look at those. I take the point about 1 large card, but I am painfully aware of the eggs in 1 basket argument.

I propose to leave the setting on RAW+ (ie both Jpeg and Raw), and I believe that the 16gb card will take about 470 shots with that setting - quite enough at this time, even if I go a bit berserk! I'll be backing up on a regular basis, and on hol I'll take my iPad to backup to.( sorry for the poor grammar - been an intense day!)

I'm grateful for the advice. I have about 45 years of experience with film cameras, but this is my first digital slr so in many ways I'm starting from scratch. I bought an Olympus compact a few years ago to take to Norway on a skiing expedition and I was impressed with it's capabilities - which in truth I have still not properly explored! The only problem with it, is that Olympus opted for their proprietory Xd card, which is a bit of a nuisance. If it had SD, it would (for me) have been the perfect compact!

The other consideration is the reader that you use - that needs to support SDXC too.

Yes you can connect PC to camera but that is often painfully slow when compared to a reader direct into the PC.
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