Tips on buying the right SD card for you

SD Cards

You may think that buying an SD card is not as hard as choosing a camera or a lens. However, it is still ideal for photographers to buy an SD card that will suit your needs. We’ve come up with the following guide to help choose your SD card.

Types of SD card

Before buying an SD card, you may want to check what type will suit your camera. There are three different types including SD/SDHC/SDXC, mini SD and the micro SD. The main difference between them is their sizes. Most compact cameras or DSLR will require an SD card. The next one is the mini SD which is quite rare to find in cameras. With the micro SD card, it is becoming more popular on new cameras such as GoPros and Drone cameras.

Speed

All different types or SD card also comes with various speeds. The speed of the card is important as this helps with how fast you can move your images to another device. You can find the rated speed of your SD cards on the front. The highest figure is usually 10, meaning this is the fastest you can get. Therefore the lower the number, the slower it will be to transfer.

Brands/Manufacturers

It is important to purchase a card from well-known brands as they are less likely to fail when saving videos or images. Currently, the most popular brands are SanDisk, Lexar, Kingston, Toshiba and Transcend.

Fake SD cards

Don’t be fooled by cheap SD cards on an online retailer like eBay.There is a higher chance for you to lose all your images and videos if your SD card is fake.

Storage capacity

It depends on how much images or videos you take. Ideally, if you record a lot of videos, it is best to buy a large storage space like a 32GB or a 64GB to prevent you from having a full memory card. Also, a large GB for videos will help with playing the video smoothly.

SD cards are one of the most valuable assets when taking photos or videos because if you have a weak SD card, then you are likely to lose your shots.