What Type of Memory Card do I Need?

Anyone who uses technology uses some sort of storage medium to store their data. In some cases, most people need a tangible memory card. Aside from their use, some people consider other factors when buying a memory card, like price and added features. We already know that you get what you pay. Buying a memory card with the highest storage capacity and the fastest read and writing speed may be better. However, it can get a little pricey. In this article, we will be featuring different types of memory cards and their unique functions. Also their uses depending on your profession. We will also be discussing the recommended memory card that will fit your need and help you make the most out of your buck.

For the event photographers

If you are using a professional camera, then you are going to need some camera memory cards. When you buy a digital camera, the memory card that comes with usually has low storage capacity. You definitely need to buy a new to meet your standards on a memory card. Typically, photographers bring more than one memory card. One for the actual shoot then another one for backup. The first thing to consider is storage capacity. On average, how many photos do you take in a single shoot? If your photo composition is more detailed and the resolution used is high, then one photo will consume more storage. If each photo is around 30 MB, then a 32 GB memory card can hold, more or less, 1000 photos. Read and writing speed is another factor to consider. As a professional photographer, you might be transferring hundreds of photos from your camera to your laptop or desktop. Some memory cards have read speeds that can go up to 300 MB per second and write speed of up to 260 MB per second. Some read speeds and write speeds can even go higher than that. The post-production process can be sped up if you consider these factors.

For the videographers and filmmakers

SD cards come in different sizes: MicroSD, MiniSD, and the Standard (SD). Make sure to double-check which size is compatible with your camera. If you look closely, your SD cards tell you the class rating. Basically, the higher the class rating, the faster your SD card reads and writes. Videographers are a special case because they have their own special class rating which is called the V class. Video Speed Classes are V6, V10, V30, V60, and V90. Today, some videographers are raving about shooting 4k raw. As of writing, it is one of the highest resolutions that you can use. Now if you’re aiming to shoot 4k raw, V30 and above is the recommended class rating for your SD card. Aside from that, you should also consider the Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) rating. It determines the bus speed that a card can read. UDMA 7 is around 167 MB per second transfer rate.

For professional gamers

If you are someone who owns a Nintendo switch, then you would know that it comes with a 32 GB internal storage. Of course, some of it will be used for its system. In reality, you will be able to use 26 GB worth of internal storage for your games. Now, this is barely enough. But don’t worry, you can expand storage since it has a MicroSD card slot. It is compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards. A Nintendo Switch memory card should be able to support all the game data of the user. Some people prefer to download digital games online rather than buying the physical cartridge of the game. If you are one of them, then a 64 GB memory card should be the minimum storage capacity. If you really want to maximize it, go for a 128 GB memory card. Some games require more storage when you download. For example, Pokemon Sword and Shield may take up 10 GB of your memory card.

The Takeaway

The bigger storage capacity, the better. However, this might not be always the case. It all depends on your budget and how much storage you use daily. There are different memory cards available in the market that varies in functions as well.

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