All of today's digital recording devices such as digital cameras, video cameras and smart phones that incorporate both or those things, need to store all that data somewhere, and that somewhere is in memory known as Flash Memory. In most devices, you can have removeable memory cards that allow you to not only swap out a new card for an old one when you fill the first one up, but also to get varying amounts of memory on each card. The amount of memory on a card is measured in GB, which is short for gigabytes. The more GB you have on a memory card, the more 'stuff' you can store in your device, whether it be music, images or videos.
The most common format is SD - which stands for 'SecureDigital' - and almost every camera today supports it. It's relatively small, comes in sizes up to 32GB, and SD cards are now fairly inexpensive. Other formats you might find used with other devices are the larger Compact Flash card, or a Memory Stick - that's Sony's proprietary memory card format, which is compatible with Sony gadgets.
One more memory card type that you might see is called 'microSD'. It's just like SD memory, only itâ¤™s been squeezed into a smaller package so it can fit into compact devices like very small digital cameras and your mobile phone. Size does matter when it comes to storage.
For example a four gigabyte card like this one will hold around two thousand 8 x 10 inch photo images. As a general rule, the fancier your camera, the bigger the memory card youâ¤™ll need. Four gigabytes is fine for most compact digital cameras, but if you have a higher-end camera, 20 like a digital SLR, an 8GB card is much safer.
For video, especially if you shoot in high definition, 16GB is best. Cards do go up to 64GB, but these are pretty expensive - it's actually cheaper to buy two 32GB cards instead. Normally, only video cameras require memory cards larger than 16GB, as videos contain much more information than photos do.
You should think of the card as a virtual roll of film, rather than a permanent storage place for your photos and videos so remember to transfer them to a PC. And then make sure that you backup your PC regularly as well. The easiest way to copy photos to a computer is via a USB cord, but you can also remove the memory card and put it in a slot in the side of the computer. If your computer doesn't have the right slot, card readers are available, but since they connect via USB, you might as well just connect the camera in the first place!
For the most part, SD cards are the most popular format these days. Youâ¤™ll find that there are different brands of memory cards, including wireless memory cards, such as those you can find here http://www.toshiba-components.com. Some are more expensive because they can transfer the information stored on them faster than others. A good rule of thumb is to buy something in the middle of the price range. Remember, digital photos are your memories. It's important to make sure that you store them correctly, so they can be enjoyed by family and friends well into the future.