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How to pick the right memory card

Most new digital cameras today don't come with memory cards (or if they do, they're so small that they're practically useless). Find out how to pick the right memory card for your digital camera shooting needs.
Written by Janice Chen, Inactive on

Most new digital cameras today don't come with memory cards (or if they do, they're so small that they're practically useless). The most popular format for point-and-shoot cameras is the SD/SDHC memory card, but if you don't know your SD from your SDHC, SDXC, microSD, etc., then check out this short primer from Derrick Story of MacWorld.  He provides a brief rundown of the various SD-type formats, as well as recommendations on how much storage you need for various camera uses, plus speed and class rating information.

Cutting to the chase, Story basically concludes that you don't have to worry about speed or class unless you're shooting in burst mode or video (or need to download images fast), and he suggests these general guidelines for choosing card capacity:

  • If you shoot Jpeg only: 2-4GB
  • If you primarily shoot in Raw mode: 4-8GB
  • If you shoot Jpeg and video: 4-16GB
  • If you shoot Raw and video: 8-32GB

[Via MacWorld]

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