Whether you’re buying a quality digital camera as a Christmas gift or you’re simply looking to upgrade your DSLR’s capabilities, it’s important that you get the right flash memory card. If you chose the wrong card your camera’s performance may slow to a crawl or not even work.
With few exceptions, modern digital cameras use the SD (Secure Digital) format for storing images and movie files. (“Action cams” such as the GoPro use the microSD format.) There are three types of SD cards.
The granddaddies of the bunch, they were originally designed for older digital cameras. They are slow by today’s standards and their storage capacity tops out at 2GB – not much space to store high-resolution photos or movies. They are essentially obsolete except for older cameras.
SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory cards are faster and feature higher capacity than older SD cards, ranging up to 32GB, although there are a handful of 64GB SDHC cards available. For a typical DSLR camera a 32GB SDHC card will hold over 3000 images in JPEG format, or about 90 minutes of 4K video.
Today’s SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) cards range in capacity from 32GB to 1TB and larger. SDXC cards are engineered for fast performance, plentiful capacity and stutter-free video. If you have a current generation DSLR camera an SDXC card is the recommended choice for taking full advantage of its capabilities. They are typically more expensive than SDHC cards, but considering the overall price of the camera their exceptional quality and performance is a small investment.
Whatever card you choose, consider buying a spare. It’s always good to have a backup in case you fill up your card. It’s not easy to find a replacement SD card when you are on vacation or shooting pictures in a remote location! Also, do you have a card reader for fast file transfer to your PC? We have those too.
At OEMPCWORLD, we recommend the following SD cards for your digital camera:
SanDisk Extreme Pro (32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes)
Kingston Canvas Select Plus (32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 512GB sizes)
SanDisk Extreme (32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes)
Lexar Professional (64GB and 128GB sizes)
SanDisk Ultra (64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes)
We hope this information was useful. Contact us if you have questions about any of these cards!