Transcend just started delivering their 32GB Class 6 SDHC cards, and of course our first question was: Will it work with the EX1 and EX3 cameras? For those of you that don’t know, the EX1 and EX3 will accept some ExpressCard 34 to SDHC adapters and allow you to record directly to high-speed (class 6) SDHC cards. This is very popular because of the reduced cost compared to SxS cards. The first adapter that was known to work well was the Kensington 7-in-1 Media reader, but stock soon fell short and Kensington stopped producing them. Recently an Australian company (E-Films) started producing an adapter called the MxR ExpressCard/34 Reader, which was guaranteed to work for this application and fit nicely in both EX1 and EX3 cameras. Now Hoodman has taken over the US reselling of that product, which they are now calling a SxSxSDHC adapter. These adapters have proven to work well and many of our clients have them. However, not all SDHC cards work with the adapter in the EX1/3. I’ve successfully tested both the 16 GB SanDisk Extreme III Class 6 cards and the 16GB Transcend Class 6 SDHC cards, and those are the cards we recommend to our clients. So of course I was looking forward to testing the 32GB version as well. Well finally the good news. The Transcend 32 GB card has tested out the same as the 16GB version. I was able to write at 1080p 24/30/60i with no problem. At 720P I was able to write at up to 41fps, which is about the same as the 16GB version. I’m looking forward to testing the SanDisk version and Hoodman’s RAW SDHC card, which promises to handle even higher frames per second in 720p.
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