Different Memory Types Used for Digital Cameras

They say nothing captures a memory better than a photograph, and with the advancements in digital photography, digital cameras have become an extremely handy accessory for everyone, be it for personal or professional use. Using digital cameras makes it extremely convenient for users to capture, edit, delete and store images of anything that fancies their attention without worrying about expensive camera reels and costs of printing photographs. So, how can you ensure that you can capture every special memory that you want to preserve?

When buying a digital camera, it is important to assess the kind of storage capacity you would require. Every camera comes with built in storage or a removable memory card that the photographs are saved onto. Therefore, it is essential to assess your photography needs and choose the appropriate memory type before investing money on it. Here are few of the most commonly available memory types.

Sandisk SD Card

Sandisk SD Card

SD Cards

The SD or Secure Digital card usually has a storage capacity ranging from a few megabytes up to 2 GB. More advanced SD cards called SDHC (Secure Drive High Capacity) are available with much higher storage capacities ranging from 4 GB to 32 GB. These can further be extended till up to 2 Terabytes of storage. Most new camera models accept the SD and SDHC formats.


Another memory format gaining popularity these days is CompactFlash (CF). CF cards come in two types and have the largest storage capacities (up to 12 GB), which makes them ideal for use in SLR cameras.


The SmartMedia format is much smaller in size as well as capacity. Due to advance picture quality that cameras provide these days, the SmartMedia format is likely to become obsolete soon.

Memory Stick

Sony uses memory stick exclusively in its devices. It comes in sizes starting from 128 Megabytes, and a larger “Memory Stick Pro” can store up to 2 Terabytes. Sony also offers a smaller version of the card called “Duo” for more compact cameras.

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