Photo vs. Video: Which memory card should I buy?
If you’re planning to shoot both still photos and videos, you need to know that all cameras and all camera memory cards are not created equal. For professional photographer, Rich Wagner’s recommendations for the best cameras that shoot both still photos and video, check out this camera guide here. And if you’re also wondering “which memory card should I buy,” here’s a quick description of what you need… If you’ve ever clicked the shutter button on your camera to take a picture of something and you missed the shot because your camera took its sweet time to fire, you’re likely suffering from either shutter lag or a slow memory card. Higher-end cameras tend to have less shutter lag than lower-end point-and-shoots. So, in some cases, you get what you pay for. If you don’t like that lag, it might be time to upgrade. But if your first few photos snap just fine, and it’s just the photos you’re trying to rapid fire after that that lag, it might be your memory card. Memory cards typically come in different shapes and sizes, but they almost all tell you the same things:
- The size of the card
- The speed at which it will record images (or video)
Both of these things are incredibly important for video (not just photos), because you’ll be storing a heck of a lot more data at a much faster rate than rapidly snapped still photos. And just like everything else, the camera you use to take the pictures matters, too. Smaller/cheaper cameras tend to record smaller/cheaper files so you can get away with a memory card that doesn’t have much space where more advanced cameras create larger, higher-quality files that require more space. So, here are the basics of what you need to know… And note: The downside, of course, is that high-class memory cards with lots of storage cost more than smaller, lower-grade cards that make rapid fire near impossible. For Basic Shooters with no interest in video: Amateur shooters with small cameras who don’t intend to record video can get away with smaller/cheaper cards like these 16GB cards. (Check your camera manual to see which card type your camera takes or compare the card currently in your camera to these pictures…) SanDisk 16 GB SD card for $11.28 Sony 16 GB micro-SD card for $8.99 Lexar 16 GB compact flash for $48.95 For Experimenters who want to try video: You need a minimum 32GB class 10 card with speeds of up to 45 MB/s (Check your camera manual to see which card type your camera takes or compare the card currently in your camera to these pictures…) SanDisk 32 GB class 10 SD card for $22.49 SanDisk 32 GB class 10 micro SD card for $14.95 SanDisk 32 GB class 10 compact flash for $83.39 For those with cameras or video gear that record the highest quality videos in RAW: You need a minimum 64GB class 10 card, ideally with speeds of up to 95 MB/s like these… (Check your camera manual to see which card type your camera takes or compare the card currently in your camera to these pictures…) SanDisk 64 GB class 10 SD card for $75.95 SanDisk 64 GB class 10 micro SD card for $78.99 SanDisk 64 GB class 10 compact flash for $149.00 Again, I hope this helps. No matter where your camera takes you, make sure to take lots of pictures and/or video to remember it! Share on Facebook
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