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Best Canon PowerShot S80 SD Memory Cards

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Canon PowerShot S80 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Canon S80 needs SD memory cards. The largest capacity SD card that is compatible with the S80 is 2GB. MultiMediaCards (MMC) can also be used.

SD memory cards that satisfy the SDHC, SDXC, or SDUC specifications will not work in the S80. These cards will be At least 4GB or bigger, so they are easy to avoid.

Transcend 2GB SD Memory Card

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Transcent 2GB Card
  • Best value for the money.
  • Available new.
  • You don’t really have a choice.
  • Built-in error-correcting code to detect and correct transfer errors.
  • Meets the Secure Digital Card interface standard.
Check prices on: Amazon or Adorama

SanDisk 2GB Class 2 SD Memory Card

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SanDisk 2GB Card
  • High-quality memory card.
  • Class 2 speed rating.
  • Write protection lock.
  • Shock rating of 2,000 G’s, equivalent to a 10-foot drop.
Check prices on: Amazon or Adorama

Best SD Cards

Transcend and SanDisk both produce high-quality memory cards. Avoid getting cards from cut-rate house brand names.

Inexpensive cards are much more likely to have data corruption, meaning you can lose all of your photos on the card. The reduction in level of quality is not worth the minor cost savings.

In a situation where you wish to reduce expenses, get a memory card with a reduced capacity. They will be a tad more affordable and you won’t need to be anxious about the SD card having data failure.

Always bear in mind, SD card issues are rarely experienced. In my time, I have only experienced two cards fail. Age could have played a role, as the SD cards were bundled with used digital point & shoots.

Canon S80 SD Card Compatibility

The Canon S80 is limited to using SD memory cards. There are currently 4 different specs of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The benefit is that there is an increase in the maximum capacity and transfer speeds with the introduction of every updated standard.

Secure Digital memory card readers are backward compatible. A card reader built into a digital camera that can use SDXC cards will also be able to use SDHC and SD memory cards.

The Canon S80’s card reader will only work with the very first SD card technical spec. SDHC, SDXC, or SDUC memory card cards will not function correctly.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - These memory cards have a maximum capacity of 2GB and are compatible with the S80.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4GB to 32GB.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 64GB to 2TiB.
  • Secure Digital Ultra Capacity (SDUC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4TiB to 128TiB.

Canon S80 Memory Card Full Error

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SD card contacts

Trying to use a card that has a capacity of 4GB or larger in the S80 results in the digital camera to display an error.

Get a memory card with a storage capacity of 2GB or less to fix the problem.

If you have a memory card that has a capacity less than 2GB, and the card is not functioning correctly, format the SD card in the camera.

Speed, Class, & Capacity

SD Card Image Capacity

This is a quick estimate of the amount of large JPEGs you can expect to save on an SD card.

  • 512MB - 240 images
  • 1GB - 480 images
  • 2GB - 960 images

Memory Card Speed

Speed ratings for SD memory cards are established by sequential read and write speeds. The speed of the card is important for when many photographs need to be written to the SD memory card.

SD Card Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

The Class speed rating of an SD card is dependant on the sustained write speed of the SD card. A Class speed rating of 2 means that the SD memory card can maintain a write speed of more than 2MB per second.

  • Class 2 - 2MB/s
  • Class 4 - 4MB/s
  • Class 6 - 6MB/s
  • Class 8 - 8MB/s
  • Class 10 - 10MB/s

The maximum rating a SD card can have is Class 10. There are cards that are significantly faster than 10MB/s. Those memory cards use other technology, such as UHS (Ultra Highspeed Bus), which have a separate rating specifications.

Sustained write speeds of 2MB, 4MB, 6MB, or 8MB per second means the card has a speed class of 2, 4, 6, or 8. Cards that have write speeds of 10MB/s or faster are rated as Class 10.