Which SD memory card for Oly OMD-E-M1?

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Bill from Oregon
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Which SD memory card for Oly OMD-E-M1?

I've had my new E-M1 for just one week now.  And I've thus far been using the 8GB memory card from my older compact camera.  It's about time I sprung for two or three SD cards I'd dedicate to the use in the E-M1.  OK, so which card?

I figure at least 8GB and more likely 16GB.  I also think that, when traveling, I'm better off with a greater number of smaller cards rather than fewer larger cards.  That way, were I to lose a card, or a card were to "go bad," I wouldn't lose all of my images.

And what specific card would you recommend?  I see words like "ultra" and "pro" and I have no idea if that means anything at all.  In fact, somewhere or another (perhaps on this forum), I read that the speed of the card doesn't matter... because the camera moves memory first to its buffer and later to the card.  Does speed matter?  Is "ultra" a good deal?  Is "pro" worth the extra money?

Is one type, or one brand, more reliable than another?

Any words of wisdom much appreciated.

Thanks a bunch,


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