Five top tips for buying a memory card

Memory card

Looking to buy a new memory card for your digital camera, camcorder, MP3 player or smartphone. Check out our five top tips to help you choose the right card for you.

1. Card format – First check the type of memory cards your device supports. This should be listed in the manual under storage. You may also see it inscribed on the memory card slot of your camera or camcorder. Most gadgets use only one type of memory card, although a few digital cameras and camcorders may accepts two card varieties.

2. Capacity – Memory cards come in a wide range of sizes with prices to match. So, before shelling out for an expensive card, think carefully about how much memory you actually need. For taking family snaps on a simple compact camera, a 2GB or 4GB card (Class 2, 4 or 6) should be fine but if you’re recording high-definition movies then opt for a large 32GB card with a top Class 10 speed rating. Consider buying two smaller cards rather than using one huge capacity card: if one card stops working you won’t risk losing all your precious files.

3. Branded versus non-branded cards – When shopping for memory cards you’ll see plenty of cheap, non-branded cards available. While the cost saving is tempting, buying a bargain card could prove a false economy if the card fails and you lose precious files. Opt instead for a memory card from a well-known card maker.

4. Best prices – Shop online to find the best prices for memory cards. To avoid buying a fake memory cards, so be sure to buy from a reputable online retailer.

5. Memory card readers – Memory card readers offer a quick way to transfer files, photos and video from your gadgets to your computer. Single memory card readers cost less than £5. If you use more than one type of card, choose a multi-card reader that accepts multiple formats. Before you buy, checking the device you’re transferring files to as some computers and printers come with built-in memory card slots.

 

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