Deal – Transcend 32GB Class 10 SDHC with Card Reader

Transcend 32GB Class 10 SDHC Kit - Amazon

I'm in search to fill the card slots in the Canon 60D on order. For those who swear by the affordable Transcend SDHC cards, i'm surprised that SDHC cards have really dropped in price. Considering every new camera announced is practically using this format, and Nikon's new D7000 has dual slots, there would be some demand inflating prices. I've been looking at other options, but wow the Sandisk brand is going for more than twice the price!

I have to admit that i'm sold on those Transcend 32GB Compact flash cards I received. They are now standard issue in my cameras and have had absolutely no issues offering fast dump times through my Belkin card reader. So I think i'll take my chances. Available at BHPHOTOVideo and Amazon, these Transcend 32GB Class 10 SDHC Cards should be a hot seller after Photokina. I think i'll try these for the new Canon 60D I have on order.

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32 thoughts on “Deal – Transcend 32GB Class 10 SDHC with Card Reader

  1. Anyone know anything about the quality of these new PNY Polaroid branded SDXC cards for shooting DSLR video? If it was just Polaroid, I'd probably pass, but if PNY is manufacturing them, they might be worthwhile.

    Any thoughts from anyone? Anyone with any experience? Any advice or suggestions?

  2. Finally I found a piece of software that can tell exactly if my Transcend 32 GB is fake or not.
    It definitely is.
    Warning: Only 31982 of 31987 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4009984 sectors)
    29.3 GByte DATA LOST (61489152 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    29.3 GByte corrupted (61489152 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000796f8000
    Expected: 0x00000000796f8000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.11 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 3.85 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4
    It looks to be a 2 GB card of Class 2.
    Having received no reply from the seller, I have contacted 5 other buyers (eBay limits the number of messages I can send a day) asking them to check their cards with H2testw.

  3. Emm, mine card comes from ebay (UK seller, since 2005, 857 feedback, 96.9% positive). I send a query to Transcend customer support. Lack of 10-digit serial number is suspicious. Other people complain about fake Lexar 32 GB SDHC Class 10 cards.
    Will contact ebay seller as well.

  4. Emm

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    @Attente - It is highly possible that there are fake cards out there. If you purchased through Amazon (not third party) or B&HPhoto, they should be legit and come with some refund policy.

  5. Hi guys,
    what's on the backside of your Transcend SDHC 32 GB Class 10 cards?
    I got mine on ebay, and did some shooting with Casio Exilim EX-FH100 camera. When I wanted to use the Preview option in the camera, it reported "the file cannot be played". I swear I formatted the card with the Casios's built-in Format option.
    When I connected the camera via USB to PC and copied all the files to hard drive, no image viewer could open them. (I use IrfanView apart from Windows 7 viewers). Videos cannot be played either.
    Finally, I decided to transfer a bunch of images to 32 GB card and to take it with me to the work. About 5 files were damaged as reported by IrfanView. The thing is, files are not damaged on my hard drive (where I copied them from).
    Casio Exilim shows "no files" in Preview mode, although there are about 5 gigs of images on the card.
    I went to transcend website to get some info on how to return the product. They want a 10 digit serial number, but all I have on the backside of the card is:
    (the print is very dark and hard to read).
    Interesting though, I have another Transcend SDHC card (8 GB class 10) which is made in Korea and carries that 10 digit number. 8 GB card has been working just fine for over 6 months.
    Can it be that I bought a fake Transcend on eBay?..
    I did some benchmarks with Flash Memory Toolkit and it reports Write rate for 15 MB files at slightly over 6,000 KB/s. Doesn't look like a Class 10 card. However, Flash Memory Toolkit erases the card OK and found no errors.
    By exterior design, 8 GB and 32 GB cards are identical.

  6. Emm

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    @Matt - Hmm..I have two 60D's and am using all Transcend cards. In fact, I just purchased 3 more 32GB transcends and just came back from CES in Las Vegas. Stops after 10 seconds? Which one did you buy? I seem to have had no issues with any of my stuff and it's been several months of continuous day to day use.

  7. Matt

    I recently purchased the 32gb Transcend card and it's utter crap. You cannot use it for any type of video what so ever. The reason it's so cheap is because you get what you pay for. I have a Canon 60D and if you attempt to take video with this card, it automatically stops recording after about 10 seconds. It isn't fast enough. If you want to take high quality 1080p HD video and nothing less, you will have to go with a sandisk of the "Extreme" line. They are quite a bit pricier but very much worth it in the end.

  8. It seems that not many people are willing to risk their projects with these cards, based on the reviews at Amazon. I was hoping it would perform solid. I'm sure they are worth some risk for the money. When you are so busy that this is the last thing you would want to worry about. Thanks for the insight Emm. I appreciate it. BTW the 500 led rocks!

  9. Andrew

    I hope this convo is still semi-open! I'd be very curious to hear if low-level formatting solved your problem spaceflows. I'm broke as a joke and would love to go with transcend but don't want to be foolish. If anyone else has any SDHC video recording stories, please share!

  10. spaceflows

    Thanks. I think the packaging is legit from the looks of it. Actually, after reading more blogs about this issue, it seems that many folks have solved it with the low level format option. I did that (twice to be sure!) and I haven't had any glitches so far. Perhaps it was just an anomaly. I would like to invest in more Transcends if this one holds up.

  11. Emm

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    B&H for my SDHC and CF transcends. They come in a Transcend package / box, so if you're not getting that complete packaging, could be a defect resold or something with a false sticker? I've seen many overseas people with fake looking Sandisk cards you have to watch out for.

  12. Spaceflows

    @ Emm: By the way... where do you buy your Transcends from? Perhaps I got mine from a not-so-reputable vendor.

  13. Emm

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    @spaceflow - very true. i dont even trust my whole camera to rely on that type of shot. i always prep for several camera angles on those types of shoots along with backup audio. you only get one chance.

  14. Spaceflows

    @Emm: Yeah, it's a bummer. I'd much rather stick to Transcend and save the $ but I'm worried about the reliability. I notice that overall the Transcend Class 10's get 4 out of 5 stars, but the negative reviews are mostly related to this or similar issues. Could just be a hit or miss thing. If I get an "automatically stopped recording" during the "I do" part of the vows I'm in deep do-do!

  15. Emm

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    @spaceflows - wow, i've been shooting with mine for a few months on three different cameras. Have been everything exclusively with the Transcend SDHC on the 60D's and T2i and using Transcend CF's on the 5DM2 and 7D. Not a single hiccup for me.

  16. spaceflows

    I have a Transcend class 10 32GB, and it has stopped recording within the first day of full shooting (camera was not overheated at the time). It has only occurred once, but with event shooting, like wedding films, I can't risk an unexpected record stoppage at any given moment. This is an issue I've noticed being reported on many blogs recently. Perhaps Transcend perform better for photos than video, but video is my game. There's a reason the Transcend cards are significantly cheaper than the Canon recommended Sandisk Extremes. I have an Extreme 8GB and have never had this issue. I'm going to invest in the Extreme 16GBs & 32GBs and call it a day on the Transcends.

    The old adage holds true: If you're going to spend thousands on cameras and lenses why capture your images on cheap storage?

  17. Mark

    Doing some tests, I found that the class 6 sandisk card to significantly outperform the transcend class 10 card. Taking photo's on my 60D, I can take about 90 before getting the buffer on the sandisk, and it is done saving in about 16 seconds from there. On the transcend class 10, it only took about 50 photo's, and then took about 40 seconds to save everything to the card.

    The transcend class 6 card that I have regularly gives me buffer warnings and stops recording when taking video's on the 60D. So far I have had one error with the class 10 transcend, but I haven't used it enough to know if it is going to hold up for the long term.

  18. I've had reasonably good luck with Patriot branded cards as well. I'm currently using 2 4 GB cards and 2 16 GB cards, and have only had a few times where they haven't been fast enough (shooting go-carts and the camera buffer filled up before I could get all the shots in that I wanted to). For the price at the time, I've been quite happy with them.

    Eirik: Have photography as a hobby. Memory cards can be the cheapest part of a photo kit.

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  20. Emm

    Post author

    Weird how Sandisk wouldn't at least make it a Class 10, but I guess there might be more strenuous tests we aren't aware of. The name Sandisk does have a feel of comfort, and I've always been weary about Transcends. After comments from readers and trying out the 400x Compact flashes, i'm willing to open up to them.

  21. Jason

    Yea Em I was just saying because some Transcend's class 10s have a little "20mb/s" logo or stamp on them and that's in a best case scenario, like you said non-sustained. I've done a lot of reading and a lot of folks are managing sustained 15 on the sandisk class 4s which I thought was excellenet...but either way it's still more expensive and I'm really happy with my transcends.

  22. Emm

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    I think in order to slap a Class 10 label it needs to meet a minimum sustained 10mb/s. The sandisk is rated 4 possibly because at it's fastest it could be 15-18mb/s, but not in a sustained manner. So although the Transcends have only 20mb/s, they are (supposed to) guarantee a minimum sustained of at least 10mb/s. Class 6 would be minimum 6mb/s.

  23. MRain

    Great deal!! Now I'm gonna have to order one.. Sure beats the Sandisk and Calument. Hopefully, it performs well.

  24. Jason

    Also, sorry to double post but the sandisk you listed is the extreme3 which has a 30Mb/s transfer. The transcend's 'only' have 20mb/s and even that's a stretch..not real world performance...That could be the reason for the price discrepancy..

    The san disk extreme 2 (15-18Mb/s) would be a better comparison for price/performance to the transcend. Even though its rated as a class 4, its roughly the same performance as the Transcend class 10s

    SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Card

  25. Jason

    I have the 16GB version (class 10). It was the first and only card I've used in the T2i. Recently ordered a 2nd one on sale for $34 free shipping. May cancel for the 32..hmm

    Anyway, I love my transcend SDHC :)

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