ACADEMY MEMORY CARDS
Get up to speed on the latest memory cards fromCFast to CFexpress andmore
WORDS ADAM DUCKWORTH
I t used to be easy when choosing a memory flash card for your camera. If you were shooting with a DSLR, it was most probably a CompactFlash or the smaller SD cards. Mirrorless cameras largely dropped the larger CF cards exclusively for SD. Or maybe you owned some strange own-brand Sony memory stick or xD picture card that pretty much nobody bought due to limited capacity. For digital camcorders, SD cards got a lot of acceptance, too. Although there are
Of course, there are things to consider like speed ratings, usually measured in maximum read and write speed. Read speed is about how fast the data on the card can be transferred to a computer. Write speed is how fast the card ingests data from the camera. Sometimes, a single figure is quoted for both values. So, take a look at the different sizes and specs of cards to learn what’s the latest on the market, what you might need and what does or doesn’t work.
oddballs like the expensive Sony SxS, used in the Arri Alexa LF, and Red Mini-Mag SSDs for Red cinema cameras. But with ever-increasing data rates for 4K and above, shrinking cameras and the need for faster transfer with new connections for card readers, there has been a change. SD cards come in all sorts of flavours now, as well as the smaller MicroSD versions. Then, there are CFast 2.0 cards, CFexpress Type B and A, plus XQD cards.
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