Memory cards Q&A

A quick Q&A note about memory cards today.

Q: How many of them do I need?

  1. Get many.
  2. Get more.
  3. Now get more.

Memory cards, I have said for years, are just like baskets. Photos are like eggs. Need I say more?

Q: Do I need fast cards?

Not necessarily. For video and for fast shooting as in sports a fast card is needed. For everything else, there is little need. Fast cards are convenient (faster review, faster writing of the buffer) but not necessary.

Q: Should I buy brand names?

Yes. Lexar, Sandisk, etc are in fact electronically better.

Q: What size?

It depends. I like 16 GB for the big cameras but only because I can write to two cards at once, and because my big cameras write big files. Normally I would say 8-16 GB, no larger.

And when travelling, 4GB cards. Why? Because a 4GB card will write in its entirety to a DVD. An 8 GB card, on the other hand, has to be written to two DVDs which will increase the confusion factor.

0 thoughts on “Memory cards Q&A

  1. great post! and good timing. I thought I had enough cards I found out tonight that I don’t. I shot Brad Paisley and other. I was down to my last card. because you say “Always shoot RAW!

    Thanks Michael for the info on cards.

  2. Always shoot RAW. But never obey anyone. :-).

    If I were on my last card I would switch to JPG. On my own camera I might switch to sRAW (a smaller RAW that some high end cameras support) when I am short of space.

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