We continue with our special dedicated to photography for rookies. After talking about SLR Camera, tripods and the uses of flash, it is now the time to talk about one of the most basic elements we will need from the very start: a memory card.
Many times, choosing between one card and the other may seem like a trivial decision, however, in many circumstances the best thing is to know what we need and how it works. That’s why today we will tell you everything you need to know.
The card type: SD, MMC, MS, CF…
Some of you may already be familiar with the title’s acronyms, and if that’s not the case, all you need to know is that they describe the most used memory cards in the market. Each one has a different size and format, but at the end of the day, they’re the same: storage devices.
Every camera uses a particular format, but the most common is SD. To know which one we need, we only need to take a look at our camera’s characteristics, or simply open the memory card slot, which is almost always at the upper part or in the sides.
Using a particular format over the others, at the beginning, doesn’t make a big difference. Generally, most cameras use SD cards and other formats like CF (Compact Flash) or MMC (MultiMedia Card) for those oriented to professional use.
Memory capacity is another basic issue, now that we know what kind of memory we need. es la capacidad. “The more, the better” we might think,and that’s right in a way, but sometimes, a lot of capacity can greatly increase the price of the card. Not really worth it if you consider you can always move your files from the card to the PC whenever it’s full.
If you’re only shooting in JPEG, for example, an 8GB card will likely be more than enough. Also, the camera will always tell us how many more photos we can store. If you’re shooting on RAW, a 16GB or higher card is a better choice.
Read and Write Speeds
We end our review with a fundamental, yet often overlooked aspect: read and write speeds. Which means, the time it takes for a camera to send and receive information to/from the memory card.
This is important because, if we’re recording video, we’ll need a high write speed so we can get the highest possible quality. It will also affect the time it takes to move the file from the card to our computer.
Lastly, this is very important if we have a reflex camera and we’re going to save RAW images or video. This table pictures the speeds of SDHC cards, the common SD we normally use, so you can get the idea:
- Class 2: 2MB/s
- Class 4: 4 MB/s
- Class 6: 6 MB/s
- Class 10: 10 MB/s
You can find out more about SD cards at El Corte Ingles online store.