I need to get a new MicroSD card for my dashcam because my current one is giving up after 5 years. A lot of people are recommending SanDisk High Endurance and Samsung Pro Endurance and it makes sense what they offer, but are they really necessary though? I am thinking my standard £10 card lasted almost 5 years, so is the extra life really worth it? High endurance cards are two-three times more expensive than a regular one.
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Sandisk advertises theirs does 10,000 hours of constant recording, Samsung one does 40,000 hours according to their spec. What I haven't seen though is what a standard "non-endurance" card can do in comparison. They are also meant to stand up better to cold and hot weather but that might as well just be a marketing gimmick too...
Currently using Integral and Transcend high endurance MLC NAND cards which haven't failed on me so far.
Then had one fail and replaced them with SanDisk HIGH ENDURANCE, not much more money.
I've got a couple of CCTV cameras that take microSD cards, one's had the same card in it for about 4 years, a different (cheaper) make of microSD card in the other failed after just one year.
I've never bought endurance cards, I'd sooner buy a reliable make of standard one and change them after a few years while they are still working. (edited)
What's the guarantee that a high endurance card won't fail though? Like people have said above, some normal cards last years, some fail a couple months in. I think the same may happen to the endurance cards too...
With so many fake cards on the market those that have failed are probably fakes, the guarantee is the manufacturer guarantee you get with the product
Then we're back to the original point... if a standard £10 card lasted almost 5 years for me, what's the point of spending extra? I don't even expect the new dash cam to last that long to be honest and who knows what technology will be available in 5 years and if that endurance card will even be up to the task then.
It seems you’ve already made your mind up on the subject so do what you going to do anyway.
I haven't, I'm open to arguments but so far I haven't heard any factual or logical reasons to buy the more expensive stuff. If anyone has any then I might be convinced.
Also, how do I avoid fakes? Any trusted retailers? I don't really trust Amazon, the reviews on the cards there scream "fake" from a mile away.
Short of buying directly from the manufacturer you can’t avoid fakes, they have ended up everywhere even in so called trusted retailers
I'm also warry about buying them from amazon direct, and doubly so from Amazon traders. I prefer to use places like mymemory, pitstop, 7dayshop, ebuyer and sometimes even retailers like currys on the very rare occasions they actually have a good clearance offer.
If you inspect the packaging and test the card's read and write speed and actual capacity (h2testw or similar) and they match what would be expected from that card, I would think it is pretty likely it is genuine.
It best to read up on which brands are more reliable, or stick with ones you've found to be good. I think some brands just use better, faster, more durable flash memory than others, and it is not always reflected in their relative prices.