A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash
memory data storage device used with
digital cameras, handheld and
Mobile computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and
other electronics. They offer high re-record-ability, power-free
storage, small form factor, and rugged environmental specifications.
There are also non-solid-state memory cards that do not use flash
memory, and there are different types of flash memory.
For digital cameras CompactFlash and SmartMedia had been a huge success, during 2001 SM alone acquired nearly 50% of the market for digital cameras while CF had a firm grip on the professional digital camera market. Although by 2005, SD/MMC had almost consumed SmartMedia's position, although not at the same levels and with tough competition coming from the likes of Memory Stick variants, along with CompactFlash. In the industrial areas, even the PCMCIA memory cards were able to survive in a niche, however in PDAs and
SmartPhones, the memory card marketplace is highly fragmented.
Although Ebay may be an excellent source for many items, be very careful
when buying memory cards though them. There are many fake memory cards
being on Ebay. The cards may not be made by the manufacturer advertised,
they may not have the advertised capacity or they may not have the
advertised speed. There are companies in China and other places who will
put any label on a card you want if you buy from them in bulk. Some
resellers do just that, buying off-brand, low capacity, low speed cards
and putting name-brand, high capacity, high speed labels on them. You
may be OK buying from major US retailers, but if you buy a cheap card
from a dealer in the far east, you're gambling on getting what you
expect, and the odds aren't particularly in your favor. I'd stick with
Kingston, Lexar, SanDisk Transcend or Viking.
Different Memory Cards
Memory Card Brands
Brand Memory Cards
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Fujifilm Memory Cards
The xD-Picture Card™ is one of the only memory card formats that was designed specifically for digital cameras. It is one of the smallest, most durable and reliable cards available. The xD-Picture
Card™ is designed to be used primarily with Fujifilm and Olympus
digital devices. Type-M / M-Plus cards have been developed to
allow you to store even more images and allow faster read and
HP Memory Cards
The HP family of cards makes a great solution for point-and-shoot digital cameras and digital camcorders. With capacities available up to 32GB, you'll have plenty of space to capture and store those special moments…whether family or friends, vacations, sporting events and more. Please verify that your device such as cellular phone or digital camera supports SDHC cards. SDHC cards are not compatible with standard SD host devices and card readers, and will only work on SDHC
Kingston Memory Cards
Kingston Secure Digital memory cards combine massive storage capacity, blazing data transfer rates, and ironclad security in a memory card no bigger than a postage stamp. With an excellent price-to-performance value, this card is an ideal expansion option for the smallest of devices, including MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs, smartphones,
Kodak Memory Cards
The KODAK Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) High-Speed Card offers high-speed, high-capacity storage, ideal for capturing HD video and shooting fast-action photos with an SDHC-enabled device.* High-Capacity Speed and Performance High-Capacity Performance. The KODAK SDHC High-Speed Card allows you capture HD video or take a huge number of photos in quick succession with an SDHC-enabled
Lexar Brand Memory Cards
Lexar offers a complete line of award-winning memory cards in various speeds, formats, and capacities that let you easily and reliably store photos, music, video, data, and more. So whatever digital device you use, Lexar has the right solution to fit your needs.
What’s more, Lexar® Professional line memory cards include downloadable Image Rescue™ 4 software; and all Professional, Platinum II, and Full-HD Video line memory cards include exclusive, money-saving offers on leading Adobe® software.
Olympus Memory Cards allow you to capture much more and in higher resolution before the images must be downloaded or the card changed. Compact and durable, the Olympus xD-Picture Card is the ultimate reusable digital media. Besides offering compatibility with most manufacturers xD-compatible devices, it's the only xD card that supports the Panorama function found on most Olympus digital cameras. And it's just as easy using non-xD devices as well, thanks to a number of groundbreaking adapters that will be available including a CompactFlash Adapter, SmartMedia
USB Reader/Writer, and PCMCIA/PC Card Adapter.
Panasonic Memory Cards
SD Cards are the industry standard for today's removable flash
media-based products like digital still cameras, camcorders with
still photo modes, digital music players, and more. High mega
pixel digital still cameras and video recording modes require
faster recording times for your media. Panasonic SD cards record
up to 10MB/s, faster than the majority of standard SD cards
Patriot Memory Cards
Patriot memory cards combine massive storage capacity, blazing data transfer rates and ironclad security in a memory card no bigger than a postage stamp. With an excellent price-to-performance value, Pariot flash cards are ideal expansion option for the smallest of devices including digital cameras, digital camcorders, PDAs, cell phones, smartphones,
MP3 players, and more.
PNY Memory Cards
PNY's SD/SDHC family of cards makes a great solution for point-and-shoot digital cameras and digital camcorders. With capacities available up to 32GB*, you'll have plenty of space to capture and store those special moments…whether family or friends, vacations, sporting events and more. Compatible with most Advanced Point & Shoot Cameras, Entry-Level Digital SLR Cameras, Digital Camcorders, and other SDHC-compatible
Polaroid Memory Cards
The Polaroid by PNY SDHC family of cards makes a great solution for point-and-shoot digital cameras and digital camcorders. With capacities available up to 32GB, you'll have plenty of space to capture and store those special moments…whether family or friends, vacations, sporting events and more. Please verify that your device such as cellular phone or digital camera supports SDHC cards. SDHC cards are not compatible with standard SD host devices and card readers, and will only work on SDHC host devices. Check with your device manufacturer to see if the device supports SDHC
Samsung Brand Memory Cards
Designed to ensure that valuable data is not lost, Samsung
memory cards are shock-resistant, water-resistant and protected
from damage caused by magnetic interference. Samsung memory
cards feature a modern brushed silver metallic design or a
natural beige epoxy compound casing, and full compatibility with
devices that have memory card slots. Most of the premium Plus
memory cards can read data at 17MB/s (megabytes per second),
though the CF cards provide read speeds of up to 45MB/s.
Brand Memory Cards
Founded in 1988 by Dr. Eli Harari, an internationally recognized authority on non-volatile memory technology, SanDisk has grown to become the world's largest supplier of innovative flash memory data storage products.
With flash memory's capability for storing large amounts of data in a compact, removable or embedded format, SanDisk's products have helped drive the exponential growth in sales of digital cameras, multi-function mobile phones, USB flash drives, digital audio/video players, and other digital consumer devices.
Power Memory Cards
Secure Digital Memory Cards by Silicon Power meet the single
burst and sequential shooting needs of Intermediate/Professional
photographers. These memory cards can be used in a variety of
digital products: digital music players, cellular phones,
handheld PCs (HPCs), digital cameras, digital video camcorders,
smart phones, car navigation systems and electronic books.
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Sony Memory Stick gives you maximum storage for your Digital Camera Review by Gene Wright, portable audio device, or PSP
Handheld Entertainment System provides you with durable,
high capacity storage for your digital files. With the included
adaptor, the MSX-M2GS can be used in most devices that use
full-sized Memory Stick PRO media2, making it perfect for both
your older devices and the latest electronics.
Toshiba Memory Cards
Toshiba Digital SD Cards are designed for use in many digital devices, including digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, cellular phones and camcorders. Please note that
SDHC Cards are only compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) devices. Check your device instructions for SDHC card compatibility prior to purchase.
Toshiba 64GB SDX Card.
Transcend Memory Cards
Transcend's SDHC cards are based on the new generation of SD cards (SD 2.0) that support the FAT32 file system format. Fully Class 6 compliant, the card features fast data transfer speeds (guaranteed minimum write speed of 6MB/s) and satisfies the high-capacity demands of today's new SDHC
devices such as high-end digital cameras or digital camcorders. Transcend's SDHC
card also includes special features such as a mechanical write
protection switch that keeps your important data safe from
accidental deletion or over-writing.
Viking Memory Cards
Viking Interworks manufacturers only the highest quality
products using only high-quality components, adhering to strict
quality control guidelines, certified testing processes, and
design specifications. Providing this form fit solution enables
faster loading, faster graphics rendering, and less computer
errors. Viking's high quality components guarantee flawless
operation, even under the harshest conditions and install is a
snap with Viking's comprehensive install guide or toll free tech