How to Purchase an Additional Flash Memory Card

Digital cameras use a flash memory card instead of a film to store the photos you take. Anybody who loves photography will need to have a number of different memory cards so they have enough space for all their pictures. Memory cards are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 256MB to 32GB, but what should you know before choosing a flash memory card for your camera?

1. Compatibility

When choosing an additional flash memory card, it's very important that you first ensure that the memory card is compatible with your camera. There are a number of common memory card formats, these include Compact Flash, SD, XD and Memory Stick memory Cards. The right type of memory card must be chosen so that it can physically fit inside your camera and actually work. There are also some differences between the same types of cards; a SDHC or SD High Capacity card may look like a regular SD card, however, this will not be compatible with older cameras.

MMC are also the same physical size as an SD card, but lack the security lock switch; these should be compatible with every camera which can use an SD card.

2. Size

Memory cards can be found in a wide range of different sizes. The bigger the memory card, the more expensive it will be. This is why it's a good idea to choose a suitable size of card rather than simply choosing the biggest card. Cards bigger than 2GB often start to get very expensive, and so you should be able to get a much better deal if you purchase a couple of 2GB cards rather than anything larger. The only disadvantage with these smaller cards is that you might need to change the cards more often when they are full.

3. Choosing the Brand

Although all memory cards look identical, they are not actually the same. Memory cards from different manufacturers will differ in quality and reliability. Buying a non branded card is often the cheapest type of memory card available, however, this might not be as good as a well known brand name. Some of the best brand names for memory cards include SanDisk and Kingston.

4. Shopping Around

When you know the type of memory card you want to purchase, it's then time to shop around. Memory cards can be purchased from a lot of different stores and you'll never know the prices until you start looking. The Internet is normally the cheapest place to buy memory cards from, however, don't take this for granted until you look. A shopping comparison website can help you to get the best value for money by comparing the cards available from lots of different sites at the same time.

5. Genuine Cards

Recently there have been reports of a lot of fake digital camera memory cards. These fakes often pretend to be well known brands such as SanDisk and Kingston. These are very easy to purchase accidentally from online auction sites and are not very good quality. These fakes are often wrongly sold; you may buy a 16GB card but end up with a 1GB card pretending to be 16GB. Your computer may recognize it as a huge size, but when you try to write on to it, the files will become corrupted.


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