Digital Camera Memory Card

So you’ve finally researched every digital camera out there and narrowed it down to your ideal purchase. Unfortunately, the hard work has just begun. Now you must decide what your best bet is when it comes to storing those photos. In some ways, memory card shopping for your digital camera can be as important — if not more important — than finding the right camera.

Names can be deceptive when it comes to purchasing memory cards for your digital camera. Don’t believe the jargon. Instead, do the homework to find the best card for your needs. Even with the specifications listed on the package, there really is no fail safe way to select the absolute best memory card for your camera. With misleading names and varying quality among manufacturers to consider, it’s not an exact science hen selecting the right memory card. However, there are some guidelines to help you along the way.

There are limitless variables when choosing a memory card, including your camera yourself. First of all, determine the maximum amount of memory your camera can process. This will help eliminate the memory cards that you know for sure will not work. Secondly, determine how much memory you’ll require. Some cards have the ability to “undelete” photos that are accidentally deleted. Speed of memory cards also could factor into your purchase, which is measured in Xs, where 1X = 150 kilobytes per second. Other features to consider are encryption and camera compatibility.

According to the some experts, for 4 megapixels or less, speed doesn’t matter and you should shoot for memory for at least 128 megabytes. A camera of 5 megapixels is better suited with the speed of 32X to 50X and 256 megabytes of memory. For 6 megapixels, shoot for 40X to 60X of speed and 256 megabytes of space. Cameras that are 7 megapixels should be paired with memory cards of 50X to 80X speeds and 512 MB of memory. For 8, 9 and 10 megapixels, find the fastest memory card possible with 512 megabytes, 1 gigabyte and 4 gigabytes, respectively. Anything above 10 megapixels would be the fastest memory card possible with the largest possible amount of memory.

It’s always best to have more memory cars than you need, and your camera will come with a low-capacity card. There is no hard-and fast rule when it comes to how many pictures will fit to a memory card. File types, file compression and image content all come into play when deciding how many pictures can fit onto a memory card. If you don’t want to go with the CNET suggestions above, you can opt for at least a 256 megabyte card or two 128 megabytes per each 3 to 5 megapixel camera. You can also go to each manufacturer site and examine their memory cards on a case-by-case basis. There are usually charts that can help you out.

Be sure to store your memory cards in a safe, dry place so that they will last a long time. They come in cases to protect the sensitive end of the card that actually holds the information. Be gently when inserting the memory card into your camera or photo kiosk devices. Larger memory files of 512 megabytes or 1 gigabyte are recommended if you’re planing on working with TIFFs or RAW images. Diversifying your data by placing your photos on more than one memory card — or establishing a location for backups — is highly recommended so that you don’t lose all of your photos if a card becomes corrupted and was your sole source of photo storage.

This Digital Camera Memory Card Review is Written/Updated on Apr 14th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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