Memory Cards for Video Cameras

Professional and semi-professional video cameras made the transition to digital media over 20 years ago, but until the last decade still used a magnetic media, this was replaced by CD/DVD media, today Compact Flash and SD cards have become the most common recording media. The correct choice of memory card is very important, when SD cards are purchased in particular, close attention should be placed on the class of card purchased, reading the cameras user manual before purchase is highly recommended.


Memory Cards for Video Cameras: What is Backward Compatibility?
As products such as Video Cameras improve their specifications from one generation to the next, there are compatibility issues to consider. Devices that only accept the original SD (Secure Digital) card format will not be compatible with SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) or SDXC (Secure Digital ‘Xtra Capacity’) memory cards. However, both SDHC and SDXC memory cards are backwards compatible, enabling them to read previous format cards. A device like a Video Camera is backwards compatible if products designed for the new standard can receive, read, view or play older or less powerful standards and formats.

  • SD devices can only use SD memory cards - SD capacities range from 128MB to 2GB
  • SDHC devices can use both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards - SDHC capacities range from 4GB to 32GB
  • SDXC devices can use SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards - SDXC capacities range from 64GB to 2TB

Memory Cards for Video Cameras - Which type of Memory Card is right for your Video Camera?
Which type of Memory Card is right for your Video Camera? Before buying a memory card make sure it is compatible with your Video Camera. All you really need to consider are 3 questions before you buy. How much storage capacity do you need? What speed do you need? What kind of memory card does your Video Camera use? To find out what memory card you need check information from the manufacturer, your user manual or for a logo on the device. Or have a glance at our Video Camera compatibility list.

Memory Cards for Video Cameras - Compatibility List
Check our Video Camera compatibility list for details of your device.

Memory Cards for Video Cameras - Compatibility List

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