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Which Memory Cards Are Best?

Digital Camera FAQ: Basic Photography Questions

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Q: Which memory cards are best?

Several different types and brands of camera memory cards are available. Although each one has slightly different benefits and drawbacks, most types of camera memory cards work in a similar manner and provide similar results, so it can be a little tricky to determine which memory cards are best.

The six primary types of memory cards are: CompactFlash (CF), Memory Stick (MS), MultiMedia Card (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), SmartMedia (SM), and xD-Picture Card (xD).

Because most digital cameras can only accept one type of memory card, you won't have to worry about choosing which memory cards are best for your particular camera. Some DSLR cameras can accept more than one type, however, giving you a chance to find a memory card to meet your photography needs. If you're going to shoot a lot of video or photos in burst mode, try to select a memory card that has fast write times, for example.

Some companies, such as Eye-Fi, manufacture wireless memory cards, making it possible to transfer photos over a wireless network.

Find more answers to common camera questions on the camera FAQ page.

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