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on 23 July 2014
After reading an earlier review warning buyers about fake cards I stupidly took the chance anyway in an attempt to save money. Now I have to spend even more money on finding a genuine one that works. An expensive mistake!
WHY I BOUGHT...
Like most people I wanted to save money on a quality product. I went with the assumption that Amazon would by now have solved the transaction issues with the seller, especially after reading the more recent reviews saying how excellent the product was. The seller calls themself 'SanDisk' which tricked me into believing their credibility... "SanDisk? ...On Amazon? ...They must be the authentic dealer!". DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE! Unfortunately I now see that the happy customers on these reviews had cards of different sizes (and perhaps from different sellers as well, I don't know). What I do know is that the 32GB card I bought is without a doubt a fake and I definitely wouldn't trust the seller 'SanDisk'.
ORIGINAL V FAKE
I already have a genuine 32GB Sandisk Extreme bought 2 years ago which is excellent. I was able to compare this card with the fake one and really see the difference. The sticker on the card was yellow instead of black like the original and it also stated that it was made in Taiwan instead of China. The sticker seemed to be sloppily attached at an unmatched angle compared to the perfectly aligned original sticker. Like the colour, I just put this down to an alteration in manufacturing methods and location.
...Then I tested on the camera...
I mostly use my DSLR for filming which is where it failed completely. The card speed of 45mb/s should be more than fast enough to record at full HD quality and yet it clearly wasn't fast enough to write even standard video. It would squeeze out max 4 seconds of recording before packing out. I tested this on three separate cameras just to be sure. Then I tested for photographs and it seemed to work fine for a while. However there were soon occasions where it would completely crash while writing files and in some cases entire folders of pictures were corrupted and lost. NOT reliable at all!
All this happened to me while away on a wildlife photography trip and I wasted half of my time there thinking it was possibly a camera glitch. Unfortunately I was away too long and didn't test it soon enough to get a refund before the 30 day limit. Lesson painfully learned.