Advantages Does its job without fuss, hasn't let me down
Disadvantages Not particularly fast, capacity isn't huge by today's standards
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I'm really not sure how much of a background a memory card needs, but just for the sake of it: very few digital cameras have any more than a tiny internal memory, and some have none at all. That being so, a memory card (preferably several) is an absolute necessity if you're going to be able to exploit one of the very features that makes digital photography so attractive and snap away time and time again without a care. Yes, some purists/old fogeys (delete according to personal prejudice) will tell you that the old "36 exposures and you're out" days produced more thoughtful photography, but for most of us getting 50 great snaps from 300 shots with a card is better than getting 36 from 36 with film.
SD cards are a little over 3 cm long and 2 cm wide, and a matter of a few mm thick, so they're hardly a burden to carry. Like most flash-memory cards, they're also not very susceptible to damage, and can stand up to fairly rough treatment without too much difficulty. I do store mine in a case, but that's more for convenience and to prevent their loss than for their actual protection. I won't ramble on too much about the design of the card, since there's not much to say beyond the fact that it's dark blue and has a Jessops logo on the (also dark blue) label. Gosh; you must feel your horizons expanding by the moment...
The conclusion to be drawn from this is unsurprising: the Jessops card is not going to be able to keep up if you try pushing it beyond ordinary snapshot photography. For that, you'll need to invest in a faster card. However, this card has proved itself to be very well suited for those occasions when speed is not of the essence, and where casual snapping is likely to be all you want to do. It's very reliable, it does its job without any fuss, and although you'll probably only find it second-hand these days (2 GB is the smallest size now easily available new) there's no reason to baulk at such a purchase if it's cheap enough – say, under a fiver.
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