Give Your Device a Brain Boost with a Memory Card
Digital memory is kind of like chocolate: even if you have plenty, it sometimes feels like you don’t have enough. Fortunately, the fix is easy – just add a memory card and presto, instant memory upgrade! Most models of digital cameras, camcorders, smartphones, handheld gaming consoles, MP3 players, and some tablets can use memory cards to augment their built-in storage capacities. Just choose the right type of memory for your device and your needs.
SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards
Secure Digital (SD) memory cards are one of the most common types, found in many models of electronics ranging from cameras to smartphones. You can even find SD card slots in many laptops and some TVs, and for more portable devices you can pick up the smaller miniSD cards and the tiny microSD cards. This type of flash memory card also comes in two specialized formats: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC). These card formats are designed with higher storage capacities: SDHCs max out at 32GB while SDXC cards can go as 2TB. However, not all devices can take advantage of these higher capacity formats, so check your device to make sure it’s compatible with the memory card you choose.
Compact Flash, Memory Stick, and xD Memory Cards
Depending on what type of device you have, you’ll need to stick to a specific memory card standard. For example, most Sony products use Sony’s Memory Card standard, while certain older digital cameras are only compatible with xD-Picture Cards. Make sure you’re clear which type of card your device supports before you go shopping for extra memory.
Memory Card Readers
Okay, so you’ve filled up the memory card in your camera with photos of the kids and want to share them with relatives in another country. What’s the next step? You need to transfer those photos to your computer, and if your computer doesn’t have a built-in memory card slot then you’ll need to get a standalone reader. Some memory card readers focus on just one or two formats, while others are able to read up to 58 different format variations. These many-in-one readers are perfect if you have a variety of memory cards from different devices, or if you’ve lost your device’s transfer cable.
Wireless Memory Cards
If you’re looking to upload that photo or video you just took straight onto an online sharing site like YouTube or Flickr, it’s easy to cut out some extra steps with an Eye-Fi wireless memory card. Eye-Fi cards act just like regular memory cards but with the added capability to connect wirelessly with your network. No need to transfer the files to your computer and then post them online – just set up the Eye-Fi with your wireless network and the card uploads your photos and videos directly to the website. You can also use Eye-Fi cards to transfer files from your camera or camcorder to your computer, tablet, or smartphone without any messy cables to get in the way.
Flash memory cards are the most common form of add-on digital storage for camcorders, but some video cameras can record onto DVDs and digital tapes. One of the key advantages of recording video onto a DVD is that it’s easy to pop the disc into your computer or DVD player and enjoy those special moments on a big, beautiful monitor or TV screen.
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