Tips for Installing a Memory Card Quickly

Installing a memory card into your digital camera is one of the first things you need to do before using your digital camera. The pictures you take on your digital camera are nothing if they cannot be saved and transported from your camera to your computer. The size of the memory card and making sure it is installed correctly is key to making sure you get the most out of your digital photos. Here are some of the tips to remember when selecting your memory card for your digital camera.

Go Beyond What Is Included

Most every digital camera you purchase will come with some sort of memory card. The catch is that it will usually be one of the (if not the absolute) smallest cards available. You will be able to store some photos on the card included, but you will quickly outgrow the space it allows you. In order to be able to take as many photos as you want without having to worry about the space limitations, you will want to upgrade the SD card. Many other cards are available in different sizes to meet all of your needs.

Know the Types of Memory Cards

There are three basic types of SD (secure digital) memory cards. The most common is the regular SD card. It is found in larger personal electronics like computers, digital cameras and video recorders. Mini SD and micro SD memory cards are even smaller and are primarily used in mobile phones. All three types are available in different sizes. Standard size is up to 2GB, which will hold around 800 high resolution photos. There are high capacity and extended capacity SD cards also available that range from 4 to 32GB, which will hold over 12,000 photos. The more memory you want will cost you more money, but it is always better to have too much space rather than not enough.

Get Familiar with Your Camera

The last thing you need to do is get to know your digital camera. Each camera is different in how and where the SD memory card will be inserted. Check the user manual with your individual camera to see how your camera works. Sometimes it is obvious where you need to put the SD card but still be careful when you are putting it in. The digital camera and the memory card are both very delicate. If it does not go in easily, or if you feel any resistance at all, stop and refer to the user manual. Never force it in.

Once you have the memory card in the camera, you can start saving photos. If you have a large memory card, you may not ever have to take it out of your digital camera. Most digital cameras come with a cable to connect them to your personal computer to pull your photos off easily. Many newer computers actually have a slot available that you can insert the SD memory card into directly. Either method works the same way.

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