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Store precious moments and important data on memory cards—on your phone, camera or other digital devices. Memory cards offer an incredible combination of high storage capacity, fast data transfer, great flexibility and excellent security—all in an incredibly small size.

Memory cards are found in most electronic devices today. But if you’re in the market for a memory card, how do you know which one to buy? What memory card goes with your camera, video camera or cell phone? Basically, there are three things to consider when purchasing flash memory cards; they are format, class and capacity.
Memory Card Format
Digital memory cards are available in a number of formats. These formats include CompactFlash, Premium CompactFlash, SD®, Premium SD®, microSD®, SDHC®, microSDHC® and SDXC. With so many choices, how do you know which one you need? You can figure this out in two ways. First, consult the user manual for the electronic device you have purchased; the manual should list the recommended format. The second place that tells you the type of memory card you need is on or near the slot where you insert the card. Usually, there is a logo letting you know what format is required.
Memory Card Class
Memory card class comes down to two basic components, speed and use. Speed Class Rating is the official unit of speed measurement for SD Cards as defined by the SD Association. The SD Association establishes specifications that rate the minimum data transfer in SD and SDHC memory cards and host products. Certain speeds then correlate to the cards’ use; high speed memory cards are a higher class. Generally, manufacturers suggest a card type and class based on the types of files an electronic device uses and/or creates. If the maker of your electronic devices does not give you a recommended class, look below for the types of applications you will be using and choose a card in that class.
  • Class 2—Minimum 2MB/sec (guaranteed minimum writing speed)
Applications: H.264 video recording, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 video recording, snapshots, SD video
  • Class 4—Minimum 4MB/sec (guaranteed minimum writing speed)
Applications: MEPG-2 (HDTV) video recording, DSC consecutive shooting, DLSR, HD video
  • Class 6—Minimum 6MB/sec (guaranteed minimum writing speed)
Applications: Mega-pixel DSC consecutive shooting, professional video camera HD, full HD video
  • Class 10—Minimum 10MB/sec (guaranteed minimum writing speed)
Applications: Full HD video recording, HD still consecutive shooting
Memory Card Capacity

Memory cards come in a variety of capacities. We recommend that you purchase the highest capacity you can find at the best price. However, you may do just as well (price-wise) to purchase several smaller cards that equate to the capacity of one higher-capacity card. In general, if you are looking for a higher class of card, you probably need a higher capacity card as well.

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1MB = 1 million bytes; 1GB = 1 billion bytes; 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual capacity may be less; device uses some memory for formatting and the like.

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