coatfetish wrote in post #17216791
I trust the owner of my local photo store to help me choose but wanted more input.
That as you have learned was likely a mistake. Photo stores often carry off brands (often counterfeit) and even if they do carry name brands they sell as MSRP which is often quite high. What I suggest you do in the future is just watch the box store ads (like Best Buy) and buy good quality cards. They will often go for about US$1 per gig. Stores like Best Buy, becuase they buy thousands of cards at a time, source their cards directly with the importer (Sandask, Lexar, PNY, etc.) and leave the middleman out of the chain. This gives you lower prices and more importantly minimizes the risk of a counterfiet card.
You also perhaps missed the point put forth by "ellnoraa" at the recommendation to buy a 32 GB card. I shot RAW + JPG on my 60D and get (as I recall) about 500 images on 32 GB. So you will have, if you also shoot RAW+JPG, the capability of over 1000 images. That's a lot to manage and even more to loose if the card gets corrupted for some reason. IMHO, your money would have been better spent on two 32 GB cards.
On video storage...even with the larger/faster card be advised that there is a single clip limit of 4 GB file size, at which time the camera will stop recording. You can again immediately start the camera recording once that limit is reached. That isn't a camera limitation, it is a computer limitation as the FAT32 file system used by the SD card only recognizes up to a 4 GB file. There is also a limit for a single video clip based on sensor temperature. From a Canon manual, "the maximum recording time of one movie clip is 29 min. 59 sec. Depending on the subject and the increase in the camera's internal temperature, the movie shooting might stop sooner than 29 min. 59 sec." The time limitation again is not ultimately imposed by the camera. It comes from a legal definition of "still" vs. "video" as far as the product and how duties are imposed when the product is shipped and sold around the world. Obviously a slow card will not work for a 29 min plus video clip. Lastly, there is a limit imposed internal to the camera and that is the sensor temperature. On my 60D I have only had that occur once, and that was taking numerous 1 to 2 minutes back to back clips, with about 10 seconds between clips, and on a very hot July or August day. The camera gave me a hot sensor warning after about an hour. So there are really three limits you can hit, one, the file size limit of 4 GB, two, the 29 min 59 seconds limitation imposed legally, and three, a sensor temperature issue that might also be reached in some rare circumstance.
Resolution has an impact on these factors as well. Obviously if you do video in the highest possible resolution you will reach the 4 GB limit quicker than if you use the lowest resolution.
More details on this as a function of movie quality mode setting are on page 181 of the English 60D manual which can be downloaded in advance of the arrival of your camera.
Once you get your camera, sit down in front of a PC and go through the video tutorials done by Canon and specific to the 60D at http://www.learn.usa.canon.com …s/eos_60d_tutorials.shtml. They are quite well done and you will learn a lot about the various features. The tutorials can also be put on an 8GB card and you can watch them "in-camera".