Buying the right memory card for your camera is a balancing act between capacity, speed, and price. In general, the more speed and capacity you need, the pricier the storage becomes. This leads to a fundamental decision in photography. Should you buy one card for all your needs, or multiple cards to minimize the risk inherent in committing all your images and video to one disc? One large card is better for convenience. Multiple smaller cards are better for editing organization and security. If you lose one card, you haven’t lost everything. No matter which route you take, here are a few basic considerations to keep in mind while you’re shopping.

Works in Phones and Camera

This product is ideal for recording 4K video. Samsung

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Before you buy, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the compatibility of the card with whatever device you plan to pair it with. Most digital camera’s use some version of the standard secure digital (SD) card that has been around for years. But the evolution of the memory card has progressed from SD to SDHC, SDXS, and SDUC. Each iteration of the SD card takes a quantum leap in storage capacity ranging from the original 128 megabytes to a whopping 128 terabytes. Make sure your device or camera will accept the micro SD iteration you buy because older devices are not compatible with some of the newer SD cards.

Lots of Memory Options

This model has a write speed of up to 90MB/s. SanDisk

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The largest number on the face of the card represents its capacity as measured in gigabytes, which will impact how many still photo frames or video minutes a card will hold. If you are just shooting JPEGS and occasional video, you can get away with a memory card that doesn’t hold much storage space. But if you plan to shoot data-intensive RAW images, full HD, or even 4K Ultra HD video, then capacity and write speeds become more critical. In simplest terms, the more you ask of your camera, the more capacity and space you will need. Action photography, such as stopping a fly-rod cast in mid-motion, or capturing a bird in flight, often requires shooting in memory-hogging burst mode. Shooting flies in a vise or taking grip-and-grin photos does not.

Can Record in 4K

This product is perfect for smartphones and tablets. SanDisk

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Cards are rated in speed classes as an expression of the camera’s writing speed, or how fast your card can record data. The speed classes of 10, 6, 4, and 2 are represented by one of those numbers in a circle on the face of the card. A class-10 card writes data at a minimum of 10 megabytes per second. Lower numbers indicate lower speed. Generally speaking, in our photo-hungry culture anything less than a class-10 card for serious photography is probably a waste of money. Buy the fastest you can afford.

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Ideal for Tablets

This product supports full HD video recording. SanDisk

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Easy to Travel With

This product is ideal for gaming consoles. Gigastone

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