What Size Memory Card Do You Have in Your Camera Now? [POLL]

What Size Memory Card Do You Have in Your Camera Now? [POLL]

Two weeks ago we asked readers to share with us the brand of memory card that they use in their cameras in a reader poll. This week we’re running a followup poll – this one asks what SIZE memory card you’ve got in your camera right now.

So grab your camera, eject the card and check out what size card you’ve got loaded:

What Size Memory Card Do You Have in Your Camera Now?

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We’ve had this poll running for a day or two in our sidebar and already it looks like 4GB is the size of choice but I’m looking forward to seeing what the spread of results will look like once everyone has voted.

PS: out of interest, tell us in comments below what your first memory card was.

I remember my first memory card was actually a 3.5 inch floppy disk with a capacity of 1.44MB which was used in a Sony Mavica (from memory it could hold 20-30 images on it at normal resolution – I remember marveling at the convenience of being able to use floppy disks and carrying around about 30 of them when I went on holiday) – we’ve come a long way haven’t we!?

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  • stargazer December 12, 2011 04:25 am

    I'm one of the old 16 meg guys. Hard to believe they were ever that small!

  • jonbar August 18, 2011 03:42 pm

    When we got our first digital camera, it came with a 256mb SD, but we upgraded to a 512mb right away. This wasn't too long ago either- 2002 or something like that

  • Claudia/CCWS July 9, 2011 12:24 pm

    Back in the day, my first digital camera was a point and shoot, and I had a 16MB CF card.
    Now I use 4GB cards. As part of my backup strategy, before I empty/reformat the card, I burn its contents to DVDs as secondary backup (2 copies remain on hard drives too).

  • Sue February 25, 2011 07:20 am

    First digital camera was a weatherproof Kodak DC5000. It came with... wait for it... a whole 8Mb CF card. I upgraded to 2x 32Mb before long! Next was an Olympus which came with 16Mb XD, I bought a 128Mb right away and then when acquriing more Olympii (is that a word?) eventually got some 2G XD cards. These days I have 2, 4 and 8G cards and a variety of dslr and point and shooters. I won't ever go over 8G and I'm contemplating reverting to 2 or 4 anyway, as I almost never take enough shots to even go close to half-filling even a 2G card. I've got the 8G in cameras that do video...just in case... though I haven't yet used that capability except in testing.

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  • hcorsey September 27, 2010 08:52 am

    I used the one the camera came with being a 2G card and graduated to an 8G because I thought I wanted to shoot RAW. Been shooting RAW for two weeks now and have yet to go into my Mac OS system to retrieve the images and edit them... But I have a lot of space! LOL

  • Sudhir August 20, 2010 04:32 pm

    I started using a digital camera only 4 months ago. Canon Powershot S5 IS and I use a 2GB SD card.

  • Steve Marsh May 7, 2010 08:45 am

    My first memory card was 8Mb - on a 2.3mpix camera. I still have it....


  • Joyce March 28, 2010 10:34 pm

    My first digital Camera was also the Sony Mavica w/floppy disks and bought an externel floppy for downloading those old pics. My passion is gardening and taken photos of Mother Nature so I can have those images all the time. Just need to find a good photo quality printer!!!!!
    Have owned a couple point and click after that with 1GB and 2GB and now have a Cannon Rebel T1i and I use the 4GB. And just keep a couple in the camera bag just in case!!

  • Steve Bonrepos February 19, 2010 05:04 pm


    I now have three SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB cards. I can get about 1200 images on one card [depending...]. These replace several 2GB and 4GB cards that I have been using in my Canon 50D [I give the old ones to my daughter]. In the past, I have used Sandisk Ultra II, PNY, and Lexar Pro cards.

    I like the speed of the Extreme IV cards--I can shoot for many seconds at 6fps and almost never overload the buffer. These cards also unload very quickly.

  • h taylor February 19, 2010 05:16 am

    camera came with 2G disk, which is still blank..... bought and started out with an 8G. I experiment with bracketing for HDR images and love having the storage space

  • chris February 18, 2010 01:22 pm

    I use 4gb cards for no other reason than easy backup, one full card is equal to one full DVD.

  • Jim King February 10, 2010 08:08 am

    Grover you can see above you that the D200 will accept Compact Flash cards. The micro drives held more for a lesser price in the old days but the cards have come down in price and work great. Nothing wrong with using SD's in an adapter though.

  • Grover February 10, 2010 03:19 am

    I've got a Nikon D200 that uses those clunky old micro drives. They briefly seemed convenient until micro sd came along. Fortunately I found an adapter that allows me to use the sd cards from my D80 in my D200.

  • Terence January 18, 2010 03:13 pm

    Canon T1i - 8GB Kingston Class 4 SDHC

  • Frank Pierce August 11, 2009 03:10 pm

    My 1st card was 2G. I run a canon 5D using RAW......I only got 100 shots on the 2G card........for full frame sensors You have to go larger.........that's why I now use 8G

  • Kenny August 5, 2009 11:30 am

    My camera came with a 256 mb card but I upgraded to a 512 at purchase. After spending a weekend in San Francisco where I bought it, I was clearing the card at least once a day. When I got home, I purchased a 2 gb card, then recently upgraded to an 8 gb when I came across one for $60 at a liquidation sale when Circuit City closed down.

  • Renee August 4, 2009 08:14 am

    My first camera was the HP PhotoSmart 215 which came with a compact flash card with a whopping 4MB of space! When I upgraded to the HP PhotoSmart 318 and the 16MB card I was high-flying, lol. Now I don't go anywhere without my 16GB card for my Canon Rebel. Oh how times have changed.

  • kate July 30, 2009 05:55 am

    My first digital camera (Sony DSC-S85) came with an 8Mb memory stick, but I figured I'd need something bigger so I bought a whopping 128Mb memory stick when I bought the camera. :-)

  • don mcleod July 28, 2009 06:51 pm

    first memory card used was a 512Mb card. i still have this card and it does come in handy sometimes to have it in my camera bag. always pays to carry backup or extra capacity.

  • Coach B July 27, 2009 12:33 pm

    My first memory card was a 128MB (with a Nikon CoolPix). Today, I use only 4GB Compact Flash cards - usually carry 2, for my Sony Alpha 350 DSLR.

  • Sarah July 26, 2009 08:15 pm

    My first camera in December 1999. It was 1 MP, cost me over $1,000 and came with an 8 MB card. I then bought a 16 MB and later a 24MB card. The other day I was looking in the kids toy catalogue and found a 1.3 MP camera with similar features for $40.

    What I laugh at is that my first laptop (chunky thing) about 10 years ago had a 4 GB hard drive; now I carry an 8 GB USB drive in my purse.

  • Gary July 26, 2009 07:47 pm

    My first digital was the latest and greatest 3mp Nikon 995 Coolpix. It came with a 16MB CF card and my first purchase was for a 48mb card. A year later while preparing for a holiday to Europe I paid NZ$450 (around US$300) for a HUGE 256mb CF card! That was a serious amount of space. My latest purchase was an 8GB Sandisk Extreme III for about US$70. I just love the fact that my hobby gets cheaper and cheaper every year, and even while the capabilities spiral upward! ;-)

  • Eufe Tantia July 26, 2009 12:46 am

    My first memory card was a Sony MemoryStick with 16 MB capacity that came along with my 3.1 megapixel camera (my first digital camera) back in 2004. That amounted to barely 10 shots at full resolution! I had to buy a 256 MB stick later on, which was still somehow lacking for long vacation trips.

  • Mr. Nikon D1x July 25, 2009 03:45 pm

    My first card was a LEXAR 1GB professional grade. Then I bought a 2GB LEXAR and then the newest one i have is a PNY 2GB 233X

  • Jenn0206 July 25, 2009 03:17 pm

    My first digital camera was about 10 years ago-- got it for a gift and wow, no would could believe it had a little screen where you could SEE the picture! It had no memory card, just internal memory- probably less than 256. Then I didn't go back to digital until a few years ago when I bought an Olympus and was happy with a 1GB card. Now I use 8GB with a Canon.

  • Vicki July 25, 2009 01:14 pm

    My first 'card' was also a 1.44mb floppy for my Sony Mavica. Now I have multiple 8G cards for my 2 EOS 40Ds...

  • Grateful11 July 25, 2009 10:32 am

    I started with a Sony Digital 8 camcorder with a 1mp still option and used it for quite a while 16mb card. Used a 256mb for quite a while in my Canon A80 and now I have an 8g high speed card in Canon SX10.

  • Clayton July 25, 2009 07:05 am

    I must be getting old!! My first digital recording device ( not for camera) was a two 51/4 floppies in a computer
    (8088) processor that I built in the 80's. My first digital camera was a Sony with, I believe a 720 mb floppy and then they came out with the 1.44 MB floppy. I now have two 4 GB SDHC, one 2 GB Compact Flash.

  • moraima July 25, 2009 06:23 am

    16MB that came with the Kodak Easy share, given to me by a Kodak salesman as a goodbye present when i move to the US on December 2002... haha!!

  • Rich July 25, 2009 06:20 am

    I had a massive 512MB for my old Kodak z740. When I got my Rebel Xsi, I got 2 4Gig cards to be sure I was prepared. I took over 200 pics at my daughter's wedding and never had to change cards!

  • Lynn Farmer July 25, 2009 06:05 am

    My first card was a 360M IBM micro drive that after about 2 weeks was upgraded to a 1G IBM micro drive.

  • ivaroki July 25, 2009 05:00 am

    My first memory card was a SD 32MB and it was in my the first a Canon Powershot camera.
    Now I have Canon 450d with 4 GB sandisk memory card and 1 GB for reserve.
    Your photography site is very useful and interesting for reading ;)

  • Bare July 25, 2009 01:34 am

    My first camera was a miserable 3mp Toshiba, I think. It took OK pictures in the light, but was worthless in any kind of darkness. I have a couple of old 16mb Compact Flash cards here so that must've been the first ones I got. After a half dozen camera from 5mp to 8mp range, mostly Canons, I got a Kodak ZX980, a magnificent thing. That one rates an 8 Gb card

  • S. Omkar July 24, 2009 11:58 pm

    My first digital camera was an Epson PhotoPC500. High resolution was 640 X 480. It had 1MB internal, or 30 high res shots. You could get the 2 MB or 4 MB memory modules ( yes, Modules kinda memory cards without shells).............. LOL Now mostly use 2 GB and a couple 4 GB. We have come a long way...........

  • HB July 24, 2009 11:43 pm

    I've still got my 1st memory card - 1Gb, but I've had it fill up a couple of times and had to delete photos to make room for more; once during an airshow :(

    I will be upgrading soon to the largest monster I can wrap my wallet around.

    Good thing about memory cards is that they add up; if I now get a 16Gb thingy, I still have the 1Gb, which gives me a total 17Gb

    My camera - EOS 400D

  • peter k July 24, 2009 11:12 pm

    My first digicam was a Canon S1IS and i think I've had than a 1Gb CF card that costed a lot of money !

  • Diffy July 24, 2009 11:12 pm

    My first memory card was a Sony memory stick that came with my Sony PC100 camcorder that could also shoot 1 million pixels photos. I think it was only 16 megabytes.

  • Chris Fagan July 24, 2009 11:08 pm

    I have a Fuji s5800 I have a 4GB card in the camera but I also have a 2GB spare but so far have not had to use it, I also have a 8GB memory stick and when away every 100 pics or so I down load them to the stick

  • Cindy Thompson July 24, 2009 11:07 pm

    My first memory card was 256 MB - I have a couple of 4 GB that I use when I go on vacation but normally I use a 2 GB for everyday shooting.

  • Joseph July 24, 2009 10:28 pm

    My first memory card was a 64 MB CF card in a Nikon Coolpix 880.

    My current camera, a Pentax ist DS usually contains a 2 GB SD card (bur there is a 1 GB and a 512 MB card also used in the camera when the two 2 GB cards are full and awaiting to be uploaded into my Wolverine Flashpack).

  • bee July 24, 2009 09:10 pm

    Got my first camera (Pentax k200dand memory card last month, (but previously i'd been using a hired nikon SLR)

  • George July 24, 2009 09:03 pm

    Kodak DC120 with a 10MB Compact Flash. The price paid for it was higher than what I paid for a Rebel XSi and a 17-55mm lens. I still remember with horror the KDC file format and the horribly compressed JPEGs that at the time seemed unreal (best pictures I had seen).

  • christodoss July 24, 2009 08:53 pm

    My first memory card was 16 MB which came with the camera and can take about 20 pics. I then bought a 125mb and later a 512 MB and thought thats the biggest! Now I have a Canon Powershot sxis10 with 4 GB card. I also have a 8 GB as a reserve!

    Yes we have come a long way in photography and wonder what the future holds for us. Its awesome!

    Your photography tips are very useful and i wait for Thursdays!

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  • Ursus July 24, 2009 06:38 pm

    My first digicam, a casio qv-3000ex (3.3 megpix), has this week expired. Gone, met it's maker, dead. I bougth with it an IBM microdrive (that's a very small harddisk) 340mb. Currently using Pentax K10D with 16 gig card.

  • Ann July 24, 2009 06:21 pm

    My first card (32Mb) came with my brand new Canon G2 (4Mp) in fall 2001. It was a big card then!
    Now both are still working: the card in my digital photoframe and the camera as a backup for the 40D that currently holds a 4Gb card.

  • Pio danilo P. Cuadra July 24, 2009 05:56 pm

    My latest CF memory card is a Ridata 8GB 133x Lightning series which I purchased for my trip to Beijing City last March 2009. Additionally I have a Kingston1GB, Ridata 1GB and Kinston 2GB memory. I look forward to buying another 8GB CF card

  • kpavitt July 24, 2009 05:34 pm

    My first memory card was a 16meg XD card which came with the Olympus 750 Ultra Zoom, I very soon upgraded to a 256mb card which I remember cost $75 at the time. I loved that camera and was very sad when my kids killed it by leaving it outside in the rain. I had since moved up to a Canon DSLR but I still liked to use the Olympus when I didn't want to pack around a big bag full of gear. I now use a 4gig Sandisc ultra III CF card with about a dozen 1gig cards as backup.

  • Dirt_Bike_Ryda July 24, 2009 04:28 pm

    i remember when we got our first digital camera, a Kodak easy-share something or other. and we got a 64MB (SD)card to go with it, and then we were going on holidays at one stage, and i said, mum we better get a bigger card so we can take plenty of photos whilst we are away so we got a 128MB card (SD). Then a few years later, (last year) we bought a new camera (Panasonic Lumix TZ15) and we got a 16GB (SDHC extreme II). somewhat of a jump... and now i am planning on putting a 2TB internal HDD in my new computer when i build it, and leave my 1TB external in the cupboard for backups.. i guess

  • Melissa July 24, 2009 02:50 pm

    First one with my SONY DSC F-717 was an 8MB (SONY memory stick). Then we bought the highest at that time, 256 MB. Now, I own a D-SLR Canon 450 D and I bought a 4 GB (SD) to go with that ;)
    It is great, as I can shoot in RAW!

  • Ravi Nair July 24, 2009 02:33 pm

    My first digital camera was a SONY (can't remember the model #) - ione end of it was curved along with the contour of the lens. I think it came with a 16MB card and I also picked up a 512MB card.

  • Arofarmer July 24, 2009 02:04 pm

    Very 1st was a 256mb SD card in a BenQ 2 mega pixel digital camera which was a bundled free gift (together with a HP printer) with our local ISP cable internet sign up promotion. That was also our family's very first digital camera and had been with us for quite a while before losing its place to a 5mp Casio Exilim and a 1Gb SD card.

    The BenQ & 256mb SD card was finally donated to the Salvation Army's Thrift Store for a chance to help the less fortunate have a go at digital photography : )

  • Craig Lyons July 24, 2009 12:10 pm

    I had (still do) a Sony Mavica. I also marvelled at the convenience of having removable media. It was not so convenient having that "huge" camera to lug around. I drooled when the next gen Sony came out with a cd media drive. I am currently dropping hints for Christmas and Sony figures in the hints. The days of my Nikon collection are long long behind me. Divorce attorneys are so rapacious that they had to go to keep them at bay. While I miss my Nikons and appreciated them as fine machines, I have gone over to the "dark side" and will stay with digital.

  • Jimmy July 24, 2009 11:47 am

    My highest mem card is now 16Gb. Consistantly over the years, I have been paying about the same amount of $$ for a card (from the 16mb CF card in 2001, to the 16Gb today). With 16Gb, and at max 10MP + superfine mode shots, it could fill more than 3500 shots. More than what I can do within a week of trigger happy vacation. Still with memory cards, better more capacity than to run out of it in the middle of a trip.

  • Robert Spendlove July 24, 2009 11:31 am

    First digital? Olympus d300 or d320? Don't recall. Still have it somewhere with my Motorola 5watt bag phone. Came with a 2mb card, upgraded to an 8mb for about $50 bucks. I remember spending about $400 on that camera. I was thinking of making a technology museum wall somewhere.

    Don't laugh, someday your iphone, htc diamond, or canon1d will be in the same boat.

  • Judex July 24, 2009 11:06 am

    I used 1GB memory card for my Panasonic Lumix FZ-18, 2 years ago.
    then a have been using 8GB memory card for my EOS 450D

  • Chuck July 24, 2009 10:54 am

    My first card was a 256MB CF. The funny thing is I still remember when a friend brought home a brand new 486 computer with a 40MB hard dirve. I told him that he would never fill up that hard drive. WOW!!

  • Georg July 24, 2009 10:09 am

    My first card must have been a whopping 16MB with a 3MP-ish no-name camera... IIRC

    Oh, and I only voted 2GB because I _just_ swapped the "main" 4GB out to download the pics... *g*

  • Matthew Convery July 24, 2009 10:08 am

    My first is 8gb as I bought my first camera in Dec 2008

  • Penny July 24, 2009 10:01 am

    My first camera memory card was a miserly 32Mb. Thought an upgrade to 512 would satisfy me for a while. Upgraded camera, upgrade in memory ... now I have 2 2gb SD memory cards at all times.

  • Kevin July 24, 2009 09:47 am

    I have 3 Lexar 300X 2GB cards that I use for important stuff, and 2 Sandisk 4GB Extreme VI cards for less important stuff. I've got a 4GB card in now because I'm at work.

    My first memory card wasn't for a camera, but a PDA. I have an 8 MB CF card for my Sharp Zaurus. I just started with digital photography, so my first camera memory card is one of the 2GB Lexar cards.

    Interesting poll.

  • Don Charles Nebeker July 24, 2009 09:45 am

    (the following is a corrected comment)

    My first camera memory was an 8 MB SmartMedia Card. It was huge! Even better it was so small. I could carry a dozen of them in about the space of one roll of film. So much for huge, when the 16 MB card came out, I upgraded. I have also used various x-D, CF and SD Cards. I mostly use 4GB SD cards even though I have larger. I prefer 2MB and even 1MB cards to 16MB. I find they are usually large enough for most shoots and help keep sessions discrete. Much more important than size is speed. I choose to use extremely fast smaller cards over larger slow cards every time. There are always pauses when I can exchange cards; rarely can you make up for slow processing when the action is afoot.

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/what-size-memory-card-do-you-have-in-your-camera-now-poll/comment-page-5#comment-57773#ixzz0M83gkwIX

  • Don Charles Nebeker July 24, 2009 09:39 am

    My first camera memory was a 8 MB SmartMedia Card. It was huge! Even better it was so small. I could carry a dozen of them in about the space of one roll of film. So much for huge, when the 16 MB card came out, I upgraded. I have also used various x-D, CF and SD Cards. Currently I mostly use 4GB SD cards even though I have larger. I prefer 2MB and even 1MB cards to 16MB. I find they are usually large enough for most shoots and help keep sessions discrete. Much more important than size is speed. I choose to use small extremely fast cards or larger slow cards every time. There are always pauses when I can change cards; rarely can you make up for slow processing when the action is afoot.

  • Ed Hamlin July 24, 2009 09:02 am

    I started with a 2g class 6 card. It seemed that 2g wasn't going to be engouh to shoot untill I ran out of power so I went to the extreme other end of the spectrum with an 8g card. I always shoot in raw file format and then convert to DNG when I download to my laptop.

  • Jessica July 24, 2009 08:53 am

    Uhhmm, I have a 6gb card. Why is that not an option? :___;

    Haha oh well.

  • Soren Martensen July 24, 2009 08:36 am

    My first memory card that came with my first digital camera Canon Powershot was a 16MB. Those were the days!

  • Chris July 24, 2009 08:23 am

    128MB xD card that went in my Fuji Finepix S2000. Great little camera!

  • Tom Richardson July 24, 2009 08:09 am

    My first digital camera was a Panasonic palmcorder that came with a 64mb card for still pics. I have used 1GB since then. They have more than enough memory for me. Like some others, I don't like to have too much on any one card in case of malfunction. Even then, if the pics are important to me, I can't rest until I have them backed up.

  • Denny July 24, 2009 08:01 am


    My first card was a floppy disc also, Sony Mavica. I now have a 4gb and a fantastic Canon camera what a difference oh and by the way I so look forward to my Thursday email from you!

  • Pete D July 24, 2009 07:29 am

    I too started with a sony mavica and a 1.44 floppy. Moved "up" to a sony 1.3 megapixel in 1999 with 16 meg stick but bought a 128 megger soon after.... From a 1.44 meg floppy to an 8 gig SD in just 10 years. From 1.3 megapixels to an affordable 12.2 in just 10 years. What will be be playing with in 2019?

  • Matt Gironda July 24, 2009 07:09 am

    First digital camera was a Sony CyberShot DSC-S30, 1.3 megapixels and a *gasp* 270-degree swiveling screen! It actually took damn good shots but the flash was awful. It is STILL in operating condition, except that the battery will not hold a charge anymore.

    Came with an 8mb Memory Stick which a quickly upgraded to a "giant" 128mb "MagicGate" Memory Stick, the technology that they claimed would crossover between digital cameras and portable music devices. I paid over $100 for it.

  • Ray R July 24, 2009 06:32 am

    Mine was a Sony Mavica with a 3.5" floppy. I loved it and still have it. I like it because it actually can take continuous photo relatively quickly and the colors are pretty damned accurate.

  • Stephen E. Hurlbut July 24, 2009 06:06 am

    I carry three SD cards for my Canon Rebel XSi; an 8GB, 4GB and a Ultra II 2 GB, all of them are made by San Disk.

    The first digital camera that my family bought used a CF card, I believe it was like 256 MB, but probably less. My first digital camera was bought in 2005, and it was an Olympus and used an XD card. I believe we had a 1 GB for it.

  • David July 24, 2009 05:54 am

    Canon S50 and a 16Mb card that came with it was my first. The first I bought without being in a camera kit was 256Mb.

    I currently have a 32Gb card in a Nikon D300 and 4Gb one in the D200.

    32Gb CF becuase I don't like changing cards durng the day a that is the time they are most likely to go astray. I back it up every evening on days I have been using the camera. I get around 2000 loss-less compressed Raw files on the card. I only delete when I have 1 copy on home computer, 1 on local backup and 1 on remote backup.

    If I am not at home I back up onto a netbook with an 160Gb 2.5" HDD attached and also 16Gb usb memory sticks so at the end of the day I have two copies + the original. If it is an important shoot I take the network with me and back-up more frequently. This is one time the spread of Starbucks is great becuase they usually have power points you can use. The netbook also has ACDsee on it to convert Raw files if necessary.

    It works for me and the way I like to work. I realise it wouldn't for everyone.

  • ses July 24, 2009 05:50 am

    My first card was 16mb. It didn't hold as many photos as I wanted, but it was expensive for my budget back then. I currently can't use any higher than 2G because I have a Nikon D50 and it wont accept anything higher.

  • kyle July 24, 2009 05:49 am

    256 meg - and I paid HEAPS for it! lol It was the biggest memory card I could get and could take 2000 pics on my 3.2 megapixel Olympus C560, which at the time was top of the range of digicams, packing the most features into the smallest package. I still love the way that camera sees the macro world...

  • Samantha Decker July 24, 2009 05:49 am

    My very first digital camera had a 124mb sd card in it...I just got my first DSLR and I have started it out with a 4gb cf card. I'll need to buy a couple more when I take it on vacation, but it's great for now.

  • John Nuss July 24, 2009 05:12 am

    My 1st card: a Smartmedia 16K on an Oly 3020 p & s. I'm now using 4G & 8G CF cards in a dslr.

  • Tom July 24, 2009 04:55 am

    I also started with a Sony Mavica and a pile of floppy discs. But my first real memory card was a 64MB Sony memory stick for a 3 MP Sony point and shoot. It cost me $90 (I just got three 4GB Sandisc Ultra III for $60, and they had a $60 mail in rebate).

  • Philip July 24, 2009 04:47 am

    My first digital was some off brand less than 1MB point and shoot. It came with a 32MB card....woo-hoo!
    I shoot RAW now and use a 4GB card for events and an 8GB when I'm off shooting wildlife.

  • craig broad July 24, 2009 04:37 am

    first card brought together with my first dlsr - Canon D60, 1GB IBM Microdrive (CF).
    current choice san disk extreme IV 8GB (5D MkII)

  • Jeff July 24, 2009 04:36 am

    It was a 64K Memory stick in a Sony P&S camera. I could get about 20 whole pictures on one stick, how convenient!

    Now I can get 8GB cards for the same price as the 64K, and have about 10 that I carry with my Canon 30D DSLR.

    How the times they are a'changin'

  • Gary July 24, 2009 04:31 am

    First I guess was 256Mb CF; then into SD for a while, 256Mb to 1Gb.
    Now I have a CF card camera again (Nikon D300), currently have 1Gb and 4Gb cards

  • Lisa July 24, 2009 04:29 am

    I use an 8GB card but I have decided to invest in 2- 4GB cards as that is the size of most DVD's which I back up onto It would save a lot of sorting out when backing up.

  • Howard J July 24, 2009 04:26 am

    My first memory card was a 16mb Sd that came with my 3.1mp Kodak camera. That would fit 1 RAW image today!

  • Michelle DeRepentigny July 24, 2009 04:20 am

    My first digital camera was a Logitec (spelling?, I think later sold to Kodak) with built in memory, My second was a the Sony Mavica with the floppy drive. I performed real estate appraisals full time back in those days, and the reduction in cost of running to the 1 hour photo store 5 or more times a day, to process a 35mm roll with 3 photos on it for an appraisal, quickly paid for the digital cameras.

  • Chris Hansen July 24, 2009 04:09 am

    I too had a Mavica and used 3.5 inch floppies. I took several boxes of disks with me on a trip along highway 50 through the American west. My two young children fought over the use of that Mavica. I can't believe how many disks we went through on that trip!

    God's love to all,


  • Donelda July 24, 2009 03:41 am

    I too started with a sony mavica, it was a floppy disk. In its time it was a very cool camera and is still going strong. I don't use it too much, I have it at work as a back up.

  • Wayne July 24, 2009 03:36 am

    My first memory card was a 32MB Sony Memory Stick. I still have it, and use it in my printer.

    I shoot on 4GB and 8GB cards now so that when I get back to the computer I can immediately burn them to DVDs or DVD-DLs and don't have to bother with worrying about spanning discs.

  • Barrie Robbins-Pianka July 24, 2009 03:35 am

    I am sure I had that same Sony Mavica! It was a giveaway. I took it on a family European vacation in 2004 along with Pentax.SLR. Digital really set me free! I love everything about it, unobtrusive size, manipulation of images, cheap, everything!

  • Eileen Haines July 24, 2009 03:32 am

    I have two 4 gb cards in my Olympus 510. We also had a Mavica, but after that we had a 216 - just sent it to my father to use in old Olympus super zoom. I carry 4 or 5 2 gb. cards with me in case of card failure, which I learned the hard way does happen. I love the fact that the 510 takes a XD and Compact Flash at the same time. Very convenient.

  • Janice July 24, 2009 03:31 am

    1 GB

  • belfy July 24, 2009 03:30 am

    My first memory card was 125 MB and it was included with my first digital camera, I think it was an obscure brand of camera...(medion) but good enough for the first one.

    When I bought my second digital camera, I chose a Canon ixus and it included a 2 GB memory card. I bought another two 2 GB memory cards.

    Now I own a Nikon D80. I still use those three sd cards of 2 GB but my main card is the lexar 60x. It was a christmas present....

  • Richard H July 24, 2009 03:18 am

    My first digital camera was a second user Kodak DC280 Zoom; still have it and lend it to my children if they've forgotten their phone. My D200 has three Extreme IV Sandisk cards 1 x 2Gb, 2 x 4Gb and my D50 has a 2Gb SD card and spare. I use Extreme IV as I shoot sports and can dump a lot of Nefs quite quickly with the trnasfer speed offered by the card.

  • Henk July 24, 2009 03:13 am

    My first non-film camera was a Canon Ion and it held 50 images on a 2.5 inch mini diskette. After that I used a Nikon Coolpix 4600 with a 512, and later a 1MB card. Now I use a Nikon D40X with 4GB, Never had any failing memory cards (cross my fingers and knock them on wood)

  • Carolyn July 24, 2009 03:09 am

    My first memory card was 1GB...........but as the cameras come with more and more detailed memory the 1 GB doesn't go far these days. My D300 only has 12.3mb but I have a friend (or several) with cameras with 23mb sensors and they need the 18GB cards...........I'm happy with the 8.....

  • Simo July 24, 2009 03:06 am

    I bought 16GB card last week and it is in my camera right now. The first digicam I ever used was Casio QV-7000sx and it had 8MB card. BTW, that camera already had a 2,5 inch lcd screen, so in that sense we haven't come too long way...

  • Anthony Godecki July 24, 2009 03:04 am

    First memory card I used was a SanDisk 128MB came with the HP point and shoot camera

  • Eberhard July 24, 2009 03:02 am

    My first camera I used four 128 Mb SD cards and at 3Mpixels high I got about 90 shots.

  • Paul Glover July 24, 2009 02:41 am

    First digital camera was a Casio QV-5000SX bought in 1999, something like 1.2MP, had 8MB built in memory with no card slot and file transfer via the serial port (no USB). I handed that camera down to my mother and as far as I know it still works.

    I'm still shooting regularly with the Olympus C4000Z that replaced the Casio in 2002. It uses SmartMedia cards which turned out to have a maximum size limit of 128MB. I have the 16MB that came with the camera, plus a 128MB. This is why I'll never buy another camera that doesn't use CF or SD media. The funny thing is, the Toshiba laptop I owned at the time had a SmartMedia slot built in!

    I'm looking to upgrade to a dSLR later this year or early next year, will probably stick to having multiple 2GB or 4GB cards, less to lose if a card should fail.

  • Jim King July 24, 2009 02:39 am

    My first memory card was a CF 254MB, then 512MB, then 1GB, then 2GB, now 4GB. Notice a pattern here?
    Thanks for the site.

  • Shawn July 24, 2009 02:30 am

    I use a 1 GB and a 2 GB for my Canon XTI. While I love technology and its capabilities, technology does fail and sometimes when you use a LARGE GB card, you get lazy and don't upload right away. This way if I have a card that fails, while I will lose some pics, I at least haven't lost as many as would be on a 16GB at any given time.

  • Mustafa Abdullah July 24, 2009 02:25 am

    My first digital was a Fuji Finepix2600, it used smart media and I had a 128MB card. I now have a Sony DSC H-1 with a 2 gig MSPro, a fuji Finepix S9000 generally loaded with a 1 gig xD, an Olympus E-500 with a 2 gig xD, a Nikon D-40 with a neat 4gig SD that also doubles as a udb thumb drive and my work horse Cannon 40-D which I keep loaded with a high speed 16 gig Kingston CF. I also keep a slew of 2 gig SD cards an 1 gig CF cards for small jobs.

  • Jack Powers July 24, 2009 02:24 am

    My first card in a Nikon CP 990 was 16MBs.

  • David Clark July 24, 2009 02:23 am

    I have a roll of 36 in mine... ;-)

  • Jonas July 24, 2009 02:22 am

    Sony Mavica (job related)

  • Thilo July 24, 2009 02:20 am

    Hmm... My first digital cam didn't even have a card slot.
    But the second used SD cards. First card was 32 MByte IIRC.

    With "pro" equipment (i.e. Canon EOS 350D/Rebel and CF cards) first one was 2 GByte.

    In the meantime, I mainly use 4 GByte cards and one 8 GByte card for holiday trips...
    Common shooting gives the 4 GByte an average use of max 50%. Then it's swapped and the pics saved to the PC...

  • Katee Declaydon July 24, 2009 02:15 am

    256 mb SD card in a 4mp camera held about 50 photo's ... couldn't do it now :P

  • dipesh manandhar July 24, 2009 02:15 am

    I recently got a 8Gb CF card for my 50d. But my first digital camera was a sony point and shoot which took a memory stick duo or a memory stick...can't remember. i remember when a 1Gb card was on sale for $19.99 and I was super excited and bought two.

  • Blackjack July 24, 2009 02:14 am

    My first memory card for my current camera (Rebel XTi) was 2 GB.

  • Les July 24, 2009 02:10 am

    I have a D40, but I don't use that camera much. It has a 4gb card - I have 4 that I rotate thru that camera. The camera I use all the time, my D50, only takes up to a 2gb card. I have 3 that I rotate thru it....

  • Gaj July 24, 2009 02:10 am

    My first digital camera was a Toshiba 2MP camera (can't remember the model). It used SmartMedia card. The maker was probably DanElec or someone like that. Its bigger than the SD cards, maybe comparable to CF card size. In the age of MicroSD and xD cards, these cards look huge! It was a 128MB card, and was more than sufficient in those ages. I carried 2 cards, just so that I did not run out of memory on the road. Next was a SD card used on Minolta Dimage2 2MP. I used to use the Sandisk 256MB versions, 2 of those, because I used to capture video on the cards. Next came, 256MB Lexar CF cards for my Canon G2 4MP. I tried PNY versions, but was not happy with those. I also bought some A-DATA Micro SD cards for my cellphone, they also work great. For my current Canon 40D 10MP, I use a Sandisk Extreme III 8GB card and works fab! Recently bought a Nikon Coolpix L18 for my wife and it has a PNY SDHC 4GB (NatGeo version) card... work's great!

  • Vlastimil Buzek July 24, 2009 02:03 am

    4GB Sandisc Ultra IV was my first. Well, my first two memory cards that came with the camera.

  • RT Lawrence July 24, 2009 02:00 am

    my first was an olympus point and shoot, 1.2mp, it used SmartMedia 4MB cards.

  • David July 24, 2009 01:52 am

    My first CF card was a 256MB. My first 1GB CF was a microdrive. I then purchased a few 2GBs, and now several 4GBs. My D700 is on the way so who knows - I may be looking for a deal on some 8GBs before long!

  • Luis Jordan July 24, 2009 01:39 am

    I use a 32 GB Compact Flash in my Nikon D200 for aerial photography.

  • Paul July 23, 2009 10:51 pm

    The first digital camera in our house was a Canon G2. We ordered a 256 MB CF card for $100 from a RiTek / RiData vendor out of Australia because it was the only way to get these cheap, high-speed cards.

    A couple of years ago we bought a 2 GB CF card from NewEgg that was much faster than the old RiData card, for $50. It was amazing how much faster that old G2 could save images with on the new card.

    A couple of months ago we bought a SanDisk Extreme III 8 GB card for our 5D Mark II at a local store's sale. Cost? $60. After realizing that it holds "only" 300 images, we're waiting for 32 GB cards to drop in price a bit. :-)

  • Ken Miller July 23, 2009 10:34 pm

    My first memory was also a three and a half inch disk in a Sony. I passed that camera to one of my sons who is still using it today. For his uses, the camera is still sufficient.

  • Jeffrey Kontur July 23, 2009 10:34 pm

    1st memory card was 8MB on a 1MP HP point-and-shoot (which I still own). At the time, I foolishly shot at lowest resolution so I could jam a whole200 or so pictures onto that one card. The only one I owned at the time.

  • Owin Thomas July 23, 2009 09:43 pm

    In my Canon 350D I have 4GB CF + 2 or 3 spares. In my Canon G9 I have 2GB SD + 2 or 3 spares.

  • sheila July 23, 2009 07:01 pm

    my first contact with a digital camera was with my boyfriend's, a sony... something that was writing on small size cd's. my first personal... an sd in my panasonic dmc fz10

  • zavere July 23, 2009 01:13 pm

    I guess officially it was a 256mb sd card with my kodak c series camera in college. My sister had the sony mavica with the floppy. Still has it. She cant let go. :D

  • shutterbud July 23, 2009 12:51 pm

    YES! Sony Mavica FTW! Mine, as well. When I upgraded to a Sony DSC-V1 in 2003, I got a whopping 128 MB memory stick for it. ooOOoo, jump back!

  • David July 23, 2009 12:46 pm

    16MB. It came with my first digital, an HP M407

  • tigervyh July 23, 2009 11:31 am

    Officially it was a 8MB CF Card that came with my first digital camera (Canon's A70), but when I bought it, it came bundle with a 128MB Sandisk, so I never managed to use the 8MB canon card...

  • Lizzy B July 23, 2009 11:05 am

    mine was a 128mb in some tiny 0.5 mp camera. i still have a few of the photos for memories sake - they are awful!

  • Bradpt July 23, 2009 10:50 am

    How can you forget your first?! Mine was the Sony Mavica!!! What wonderful memories! I still have all the pictures from my Mavica and the slideshow that I created using the 10 discs that I rotated during our family trip to France.

  • KeithW July 23, 2009 10:01 am

    My first digital was a Nikon P80 which my son usually uses now with a 16GB SD card. I have a Sony a350 with a 2Gb CF card. I have a 275Mb card as a spare

  • JP Lumansoc July 23, 2009 09:34 am

    20 Sandisk Ultra III 8GB cards between my 50D and 5D Mk II's. I started with a Rebel XTi and a 1GB Lexar card and before that a small canon powershot with a 128mb CF card hahaha

  • Cory Seiber July 23, 2009 09:20 am

    my maid card is a 2G but i have a 4G and 1G back up.
    with my 2G it holds roughly 600 pics. and my 4G over 1k.

  • Fausto Hernandez July 23, 2009 08:32 am

    I also had a Sony Mavika, I was very impressed at the short time it took for the digital industry to explode. Although I never lost passion for the film process, I do love the time digital saves me in the post process.
    Fausto Hernandez, faustohernandez.blogspot.com

  • Klearchos July 23, 2009 07:44 am

    I started with a 2GB and then I passed to 4GB... Then I got one 8GB and then a second one... Now I have a 16GB one...

  • Chocolategirlwonder July 23, 2009 07:37 am

    My first camera was a 7MP Sony point and shoot with a 512MB memory card. I remember thinking the 1GB was a little too much. I mean who would really take all those photos?! LOL

  • Sande July 23, 2009 07:24 am

    I keep an 8GB SanDisk CF Extreme III in the camera along with the 256mg Memory Stick that came with it. I like to take pictures in RAW format, so memory can go fast. I also have a 4GB that I keep in my camera case. I can't even remember what the puny memory was in my first Casio digital (when 3 mega pixels seemed like a big deal)

  • Spencer Thomas July 23, 2009 07:04 am

    Forgot to say: I always shoot RAW.

  • Spencer Thomas July 23, 2009 07:03 am

    In my D100, at 6MP, my current 4G card will hold 400+ photos. This was not quite enough on July 4, when I was taking pictures of a performing group in two back-to-back parades. Of course, I didn't bring along my "backup" -- the 2G card I used to use. The camera came with a 512M card, but when I bought it (used), I immediately switched up to 2G.

  • steve pos July 23, 2009 06:43 am

    I use 4gb sandisk cards. When i do motorcycle calander shoots i use one card for each bike and model. I don't like to put all three shoots on one card.

  • Tally July 23, 2009 05:33 am

    my first memory card was a Lexar (SD of course) 64MB (and I still got it)

  • Barbara July 23, 2009 05:32 am

    Like you my first memory card wasn't even a memory card, it was a floppy disk. Good old Sony. I thought I was so cool, I could shoot pics of events and put them on the computer so quickly and even store them away for future. Like you I carried a case full of floppy disks, and hated that crc error. We have moved on, of course, I have Nikon 40 but that little Sony is still a decent snapshot camera and it occasionally even get used.

  • Jason July 23, 2009 05:08 am

    My first CF card was a 256mb card. I thought. This is Huge! Then I got a t1i and have a 16gb card. You need it for reals!

  • joe July 23, 2009 04:39 am

    my first [still own it] digital was a sonypc[whatever] and the card in it is I think a 256 mp....
    hope to up grade soon to a kodak z980,,, don't want to change lenses every time I want to take a closse up or a far away sceinic.... joe

  • Lucien Huttner July 23, 2009 04:17 am

    My first card was 2 GB SDHC in my casio exilim.
    Now I have 4GB CF in my Canon 40D, but it fills up quickly shooting in raw. So might be time for something bigger. Size is everything ofc :)
    Think 16GB wil be enough for my needs.

  • Nes July 23, 2009 04:02 am

    My first memory card was a 128MB SD card for a Samsung camera that I bought. I remember I could only take a small amount of pictures. I use a 4GB card now and I've only been able to fill it up once in almost a year, and it was on a trip where I was refusing to download the pictures to my laptop, which I ended up doing anyways.

  • Anita July 23, 2009 03:44 am

    My first digital camera was a Canon PowerShot S1 IS. I also had the world's smallest CF card, left over and passed down to me from my dad's older digital camera. This thing didn't even have its capacity written on it, and could fit about 20 shots at the S1's largest image size setting. About 16MB, I think.

    Now I use 4GB cards, which my XTi gobbles up and spits back out before I have time to reflect on the advances of technology.

  • Dave July 23, 2009 03:38 am

    I choose 8 gb for the poll, because that's what's in both my camera's right now. Usually I have a 4 gb card in my main camera because I've found that's just the right size for a couple hours of shooting. I got 2 8gb cards recently when B & H had a great rebate on the Lexar 300x cards.

    My first digital camera came with a 16k card (can't remember the type) and I upgraded to 256k.

  • Amanda July 23, 2009 03:37 am

    Gosh....a Sony Mavica. I remember using it for school back in the day. I had to have ALOT of floppy disks around when taking pictures for the drama club, football games and the like.

  • Chaitanya July 23, 2009 03:26 am

    My first camera is Kodak Z700, it's and awesome model and loved shooting with it and I had a 64MB card with it initially..

    now I own a Canon 350D with mostly 2.0GB card in it all the time..

  • Ralph Bach July 23, 2009 02:53 am

    First card was a 256mb. Now I'm using 8gb

  • Will Wolff-Myren July 23, 2009 02:45 am

    Heh, I'm with ya, Tony! My first camera was an Olympus with SmartMedia as well. I still have most of the cards laying around - I started with a 16MB and bought a few extra 32MB cards. Good times. =)

  • Doc Holliday July 23, 2009 02:31 am

    My first digital camera was an Apple with some type of memory that fit into a PCMICA adapter. Pretty basic.

    Then I graduated to the Mavica. No view finder made it almost impossible to see what you were outside in bright sunlight. The floppies were a great idea, until Apple came out with the G3 with no floppy. I had to download them on a Dell, burn them on a CDRW and transfer them to my Mac.

    In my Canon XT I used a 2GB and 1GB CF cards that came with the camera. Then I bought a couple of 4GB cards. I choose 4GB cards, because I couldn't see losing more images than that.

    I just brought a refurbished XTi from Adorama, (bad idea, because it came out of the box with the sensor out of alignment and I can't even get their tech guys on the phone. I will never buy anything from them again.), rather than XSi, because it used CF cards and the same battery as my XT. Was supposed to save from buying more CF cards and batteries.

    I am waiting for the software to allow me to download and view images on on my 16GB iPod Touch.

  • Chris Davis July 23, 2009 02:26 am

    My first was a 32mb smart media card in a brick 1.3 MP Olympus camera. I have to say, I loved the quality of the lens on that simple point and shoot!

  • JasperD July 23, 2009 02:22 am

    Actually I have Sandisks 32Gb CF Extreme III (and 8Gb MS Extreme III as a spare) in a Sony ?900, which together allow for about 1.000 RAW pictures. I entered the reflex world long time ago with a Minolta 7000i registering mainly on Kodachrome and Velvia, and the digital era with a 5Mpix Mavica writing 56 pictures on a rewritable (!) miniCD...

  • Alura July 23, 2009 02:07 am

    my first "memory card" was a floppy disc!

  • Tony Daniell July 23, 2009 02:00 am

    My first digital camera was an Olympus ... don't remember the model. But they used Smartmedia cards back then and I had a 128MB card for it, up from the 16MB card that came with the camera. Now I keep an 8 MB in my D80 and 2 MB in my D50 (so I can format it in the camera).

  • nichlazy July 23, 2009 02:00 am

    My 1st camera was Olympus FE-100 (no longer in market) and it came with a 128MB XD card.

  • JR July 23, 2009 01:10 am

    I've been shooting just RAW, but found that saving in RAW+JPG is convenient. For the first time I filled up my card, likely more due in part that I haven't downloaded pics between shoots. But, I think I'd better get an 8GB card. Time to keep up and get a faster card, anyway.


  • allen July 23, 2009 01:00 am

    My fist digital camera was a Canon Point and Shoot and it came with an 8MB card. That seemed like so much then!

  • Rob Greer July 23, 2009 12:47 am

    Although I have 16GB cards right now, I could use a couple 32GB cards for one of my D3 bodies. That would allow me to shoot an entire 10-hour wedding using RAW without changing a card (using two bodies).

  • Skibo Adams July 23, 2009 12:35 am

    My first digital camera was also a Sony Maciva which held a 1.44 mb floppy disk. I still have it and it still works.

  • Tom July 23, 2009 12:31 am

    256 mb and 1 thought it was HUGE!

  • Peaches July 23, 2009 12:22 am

    My first with my current camera was a 4gb CF. However, my very first digital camera also took CF cards and I think I bought a 32mb card for it. It was a Kodak 4mp camera that cost A LOT when most were only 1 or 2mp.

  • Jim Stearns July 23, 2009 12:14 am

    32K, came with my Cannon S500 point and shoot. I upgraded to a 1GB card.

  • Guy July 23, 2009 12:11 am

    I remember my 1st hard drive which was 15meg and cost me over $300. I believe my 1st camera memory was 512mb and I bet it cost me about $20-40 on sale. Now if I could only increase my personal internal memory.

  • elliot July 23, 2009 12:05 am

    Class 6 Transcend 16Gb cards were around $30 at Xmas, now around $40. Excellent choice if your camera does video, handles multiple RAW shots without problem either.

  • tkdally July 22, 2009 11:56 pm

    I remember my first memory card coming with an Olympus P&S of some description - 16mb MMC. I then splashed out to upgrade to a whopping 32gb. That was about 7 years ago.

    I found in my Amazon account history a 256mb CF card I bought for one of my IXUS P&S in 2003 at a cost of £36!!!

    My how times have changed and how old do I feel. Every time I have to buy memory I marvel at how cheap it is compared to only a few years ago.

  • Michael Herzog July 22, 2009 11:55 pm

    I think 4GB is a good size because it's more or less a DVD full of images.

    My first card... well, it was in a format I never found a card reader for, a pretty large but thin thing.
    The camera it belonged to had 0.8 MP and was connected to the PC with a serial connection.

    At work at had to use a 32MB card for a few weeks, the colleage who orded the cam didn't get why I'd need another memory card when there was one in the box...

  • Tom July 22, 2009 11:32 pm

    I remember my first digital camera was a Canon with a docking station in order to connect it to my computer, forgot the type. It didn't use any memorycard, but had build in memory.
    I'm wondering now why I ever bought a digital camera with a docking station....

  • Jan Gemeinhardt July 22, 2009 11:26 pm

    My first digital camera came with 48MB. I then got a 64MB with next camera. Since then I have purchased 1G then 2 and 4. My latest purchase was an 8G

  • cathyetta July 22, 2009 11:12 pm

    My first digital camera (Nikon Coolpix 5700) had a SD Ultra 128MB memory card in it.

  • Art July 22, 2009 11:11 pm

    I am also in the Sony Mavica camp. I loved how AOL would send me free "film" several times a week :-)

  • Daphne July 22, 2009 11:09 pm

    I started off with a 8mb SD card.. that'd probably fetch me 400shots then .. and maybe.. 3shots now? Used it with my first digi cam Panasonic Lumix DMC FX1. Which I felt was the nicest sleekiest camera back then.

  • Massimo Belloni July 22, 2009 11:07 pm

    Even if I could use bigger cards (and I usually shoot in RAW), I prefer to have more than one card and use more than one when shooting a lot of images to the same subject: if something goes wrong with the card, I can at leats save some picture and not having alla lost! :-)

  • Gina July 22, 2009 11:05 pm

    LOL I had that sony Mavica too I loved it until those floppies would go bad abd I would lose the pics It was actually my 1st digital camera. :( and I thought the mem. stick was the greatest thing when it was less than 150MB. Now I am with8GB for my nikon.. I did have a 4 but it didn't work and the store was out of them.

  • Eric Mesa July 22, 2009 10:58 pm

    My first mem card was 32 MB and I could fit something like 200-300 photos on there!

  • Cheryl July 22, 2009 10:55 pm

    a 3 and a half inch floppy in a Sony digital camera first
    next was a 256 MB in my rebel digital camera .. now mostly a 2 gig
    with my 10 MP camera I'm thinking of a 4 gig :)

  • keeny July 22, 2009 10:47 pm

    started with 256MB cards in Sony Cybershot .. now run almost average of 2Gb and when on a shoot .. 4GB .. need that much space while shooting RAW ..

  • Amber July 22, 2009 10:43 pm

    I had a 32MB Compact Flash with my Canon A75. When I bought my next camera, a Panasonic, I upgraded to a 2GB. Currently, a 4GB is in my D80.

  • Andy July 22, 2009 10:32 pm

    My first memory card was an 8MB Smart Media card for an Olympus C2040 Zooom

  • Ben July 22, 2009 10:02 pm

    A 256MB for Canon G3 ( It was comes with 32MB but I also bought this).
    The I bought 1GB card for more capacity and carry it to D200.
    Currently a 8GB card is always in the D200.

  • gotabmac July 22, 2009 09:38 pm

    My first digital camera was a Canon G2 in 2002. It was supposed to come with a 32MB card, but somehow I got an upgrade to a 64MB card. I still have the card - although I no longer use it. It would hold just three images from my 50D.

  • Tao July 22, 2009 09:27 pm

    My first card is SmartMedia 16M which can store around 60 shots!!!

  • Reggie Thomson July 22, 2009 08:23 pm

    My first digital camera was a Canon Powershot 350 (actually a Konica model, but identical except for the lens), which I think came with 1Mbytes of Compact Flash. I purchased it in March 1997 when I was living in Japan.

    Now I have an EOS40D, with 2x32Gb, 1x8Gb, 2x4Gb, 2x2Gb cards, which still isn't quite enough for taking dancesport photos at Blackpool in one day - I could do with one more 32Gb card. The 32Gb cards are Transcend 133X Compact Flash Cards, and I've found them to be very reliable.

  • Reznor July 22, 2009 08:17 pm

    People, stop saying, your first memory card was a floppy disk if said floppy disk wasn't used in a camera. Otherwise everyone's first memory card would propably be a floppy disk which can't even be called a memory card since it's a completely different technology.
    My first card was a 1 GB SD card for a Canon Powershot A540 which I still use from time to time. For my DSLR (Canon Eos 400D) I'm using a 2 GB CF Card.

  • Sime July 22, 2009 06:46 pm

    I have a handfull of Sandisk 4gb CF cards... One card lasts me about 2.5 songs at a concert (I'm a music photographer) I'd like a 5gb card so I could fit three songs (the norm) but I'm not a fan of super huge cards - many eggs, one basket.

  • Paul Sanduleac July 22, 2009 06:36 pm

    My first one was a floppy disk. Now for the Canon G9 I use 2 cards both 4 GB.

  • Henar July 22, 2009 06:17 pm

    My first one was a 128MB. At that time I used to take photos in a 1MB size... The most of the time I've been with a 2GB, and shooting in 6MB... But now I've discovered my 4GB HD Class 6 .... And I can't live without it!!! (In fact, I've recently achieved another one...). Now I shoot in RAW.....

  • Dnicolas.FR July 22, 2009 05:51 pm

    I bough a sandisk 8go extreme III, and .. it's too slow, if this card is good in 4Go, 8go spend man time to import photos.

  • Jens July 22, 2009 05:43 pm

    first card of my own Canon G5 was 256MB and a 1GB Microdrive.
    Used other smartmedia cards before in a digital microscope though.
    These were like 16MB and the adapter to read them was a floppy disk.

  • Brian July 22, 2009 05:21 pm

    I had a 4MB CF card in my first digital camera, to complement the 1MB of internal memory that the camera included, I also had a 170MB PCMCIA type III hard drive that I never did fill up. The camera was only 570K pixels and didn't have an LCD screen.

  • Tommy July 22, 2009 05:14 pm

    16MB xD memory card by Fujifilm.......using two 8GB SD with my Canon EOS500D now :)

  • Victor Augusteo July 22, 2009 04:39 pm

    I got my 8gb SD in my camera now, but i always bring two other 2gbs SD for backups just in case the 8gb got full. Fortunately that only happened once (during a soccer match)

  • Bogdan July 22, 2009 03:54 pm

    My first card had 32Mb, was an SD card in a 2MP Kodak. At the moment I am using 4 Gb CF cards, which are ok to me from the point of view of RAW images I can get from the 40D and I don't risk to loose too many images because I need to change it.

  • Ramón July 22, 2009 03:08 pm

    My Canon 1Ds Mark III has capacity for two cards; one 16GB CF card and one 16GB SD card. I also carry four 8GB CF cards.

  • ping July 22, 2009 03:07 pm

    No one remembers the IBM microdrives?

    Also known as CF Type 1 (as opposed to Type 2 which are the now common solid state ones), it was literally a tiny harddisk (moving parts and all) the size of a stamp. I had a whopping 512mb for my Canon G1.

    Now I use a 16gb CF on the 5Dm2.

  • MeiTeng July 22, 2009 03:06 pm

    I have a couple of cards (Toshiba and Sandisk) in 2GB and 4GB. Better to have a few cards with smaller GBs than using large ones and losing the data in one go. At least with smaller memory cards, you have backup in the event you lose one card.

  • dead July 22, 2009 03:01 pm

    8 gig sandisk extreme 3 is in my d60 right now. i have a 4 gig patriot backup.

    my first memory card i think was a 256mb patriot for my old kodak point and shoot.

  • Liz July 22, 2009 02:08 pm

    I agree with the floppy disk in the Mavica. But from there I went to the memory sticks in the following various Sony cameras. I am on my 5th Sony camera and 4 gig cards now. Tried an 8 gig card but it was corrupted so went back to the 4.

  • Phil July 22, 2009 01:42 pm

    My first card was 64MB on an HP 2.3 MP camera. Graduated to 128MB and it's been onward and upward since. I now have a 2GB Lexar Professional and 4GB SDHC...More than enough for what I do...Camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XTi...

  • Lester July 22, 2009 01:36 pm

    I have 6 x 4 Gig CF cards and 4 x 2 Gig cards for my Nikon D700.
    Too many cards for the type of shooting I do. Need to invest in a couple of big cards.

  • Richard July 22, 2009 01:31 pm

    My first data card was a 512MB and it was HUGE at the time. I paid a fortune for it: $90. I just bought a 1GB card on close-out for $20. Crazy.

  • lukem July 22, 2009 01:13 pm

    I have an 8GB and it was the first card I bought for my Canon Rebel XSI which I received yesterday.

  • bitguide July 22, 2009 01:03 pm

    128mb for my first kodak 3mp. was about $35
    about 3 yrs ago, nearly froze standing in line for a doorbuster special $50 4gb cf.
    picked up an extremine II last week at wallyworld for around $20

  • Lambert July 22, 2009 12:35 pm

    First memory card? A 16 MEGA byte compact flash for an early Canon Powershot.

  • Martin July 22, 2009 12:03 pm

    My first memory card was a 2MB card in my AGFA ePhoto 780. Still have the camera and an additional 8MB card, think they both still work :)

  • Tyler Ingram July 22, 2009 12:01 pm

    My first memory card? Might have been either 8MB or 16MB tha came with some cheapo digital camera I had. Then when I upgraded to the Canon Powershot A60 I bought 512MB CF cards.

    With my Canon XSi I have 2x 4GB, 2x 8GB and one 16GB SDHC.

    I don't think i would go over 16GB. That currently gives me around 900 photos while shooing in RAW at full resolution at 12MP. I know some people dont shoot with that much storage because if a part becomes corrupted, thats a lot of photos to loose if you are unable to fix the issue.

    Though I am always looking for new, faster cards :) Thing my 16GB is Class4 and the other ones are Class6

  • Gregoree July 22, 2009 12:01 pm

    Sony mavica that took floppy disks.

  • Annie July 22, 2009 11:34 am

    floppy disks in cameras??
    the thought just seems horrifying. lol.

  • Yahvo July 22, 2009 11:05 am

    I was gifted with an 8GB card a few months ago. I also have a 1GB in my bag. I'm grateful for all the space, but I personally prefer to have multiple smaller cards.

    Sometimes after a shoot, you don't always have the time to upload your photos. And instead of having multiple shoots on one card, I think it's rather convenient to just pop in a new chip. =)

  • Barry Nelson July 22, 2009 10:57 am

    Tuesday 21 July 2009

    In September 2000 I bought an Olympus D470 Z 1.3 mp point shoot digital camera. It came with a 32mp Smart Media card. I quickly bought a 64 mp card and then stocked up on the largest Smart Cards: 128mp.

    I now shoot with a Canon EOS 5D and use a San Disk Extreme III 16 GB as my main card. I carry two 4 and two 8 GB Extreme III cards as back up. I have used San Disk cards since I began shooting digitally and have had no problems with any of my memory cards.

    Barry Nelson
    San Francisco, CA, USA


  • John K July 22, 2009 10:54 am

    I have a 128KB in my Canon Powershot G2 (4MP), a 512KB in a Contax i4R (4MP), a 1GB in my Nikon D300 (my first "large" card which was originally for my earlier D70). I download to the PC frequently and i have spares in the bag for the DSLR so im not too worried.

    My earlier cards for PnS were 8, 16 and 32KB! Imagine that.... :)

  • SixTwo POV July 22, 2009 10:45 am

    FLOPPIES!! In a Sony Mavica... That I paid $999.00 plux tax new from Wolf Camera.. 15x Zoom... Those were the days... and not even 1 Megapixel.

  • 54 July 22, 2009 10:21 am

    I also started with a Sony Mavica. I thought it was so cool that I could stick 5-10 floppy disks in my butt pocket and be set for shooting all day.

    I've upgraded to an Alpha a300 and have a 4GB CF card.......probably almost full, so I should download the pics

  • Dean Bird July 22, 2009 10:21 am

    My first Digital Camera had built in memory. From memory it was about 8MB. Then I upgraded to a massive 32MB.
    I did have a camera that i took so many photos on that it broke and I got a brand new one cause it was under 1 year old.
    My first Canon came with a 16MB Compact Flash Card. I splurged and bought a 128MB Card.
    Now i have a 4GB SDHC in my Lumix Camera and a 8GB Micro SDHC in my Olympus.

  • Danielle July 22, 2009 10:00 am

    I think our first digital camera (Canon Elph) had a 256 MB card. My first card in my Canon Digital Rebel was a 1 GB. I now have an 8 GB card.

  • jdepould July 22, 2009 09:57 am

    First card was a 1GB SanDisk Ultra II SD. Now I mostly use Lexar 300x CFs in 4 or 8 GB.

  • John Campbell July 22, 2009 09:35 am

    My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix P5000 and I had a 1GB Sandisk SD card in it. I now use Integral 4GB Ultima Pro SD Card (SDHC) - Class 6 in my Canon DSLR.

  • Amandalynn July 22, 2009 09:32 am

    32MB Compact Flash was the first memory card I had and it blew my mind. However I remember my parents having a camera that used floppy disks when I was a kid, I just wasn't allowed to touch it.

    Four days ago I got my first 8GB CF card.

  • Jim Poor July 22, 2009 09:09 am

    I have one 32GB card in each of the two slots on both my D3 bodies.

  • Fridrik Hall July 22, 2009 09:01 am

    My first camera was Canon IxusV2, 2 megapixels and 8Mb CF card. In full resolution (1600x1200) this card could hold up to 7 pictures.

  • Dennis July 22, 2009 08:59 am

    On boxing day I bought 3 16GB Kingston SD cards for only $20 each..turns out I really only need one!

  • Ken Ahrens July 22, 2009 08:59 am

    4 mb Smart Media card in an olympus D-600L (1.4 Megapixel)
    4 GB Compact Flash

  • Sandro July 22, 2009 08:55 am

    I keep 2GB cards in my cameras for every day use. When I think I'm going to do more than just casual shooting, I pull out an 8GB card or two.

  • Richard Hutchinson July 22, 2009 08:44 am

    My first card was 64MB Compact flash for my Canon A70, it cost me £65 (Currently $106). I remember taking my first 40 ish photos and thinking wow I haven't changed film yet. How could it get better than this! Four cameras later and I now have a 4GB Sandisk Extreme III and a recently bought budget 8GB card (for £20 ish ($33)) in reserve for my 40D. Huge change.

  • Dave Johannes July 22, 2009 08:35 am

    my first camera was a 1.4 megapixel sony that used floppy disks. vintage indeed!

  • kaylett July 22, 2009 08:35 am

    My first memory card was a 32meg for my 1.2meg Casio. Now I carry 8 cards ranging from 1 to 4 gig and the Epson P3000 for viewing and storing images.

  • jerry deese July 22, 2009 08:33 am

    Right now (and any time I am not on a paid shoot), I keep an 8gig card in my D200.

    On paid shoots, I prefer to stick to a small stack of 2gig cards. That way if a card goes bad or gets damaged, I am not losing as much.

  • Hoopensnooper July 22, 2009 08:25 am

    HA! My first "memory card" was a floppy disk!

  • Tim Marks July 22, 2009 08:25 am

    3.5 in floppy in a Mavica. I think the resolution was 640 x 480

  • lwishart July 22, 2009 08:24 am

    I have an 8GB in the camera and a 4GB in my bag. The 8GB is an Extreme 4 from Sandisk which has a faster transfer rate than my 4GB Extreme 3.

  • Kenny Theysen July 22, 2009 08:23 am

    3x 4GB sandisk extreme III and 1 8GB sandisk extreme III looking to buy 1 more 8GB especially when I use raw on 5D Mrk II.

  • Kelly July 22, 2009 08:22 am

    Hm, trying to remember. I think it was 16MB and was for a Fuji something-or-other. It was a pretty cool looking camera, which is why my husband bought it at the time. Great reason, right? Currently I'm using a 4GB card in my Nikon D80.

  • z-vet July 22, 2009 08:01 am

    16 MB Fuji XD that came as a bundle with my first digital. Wow, it was only six years ago!

  • Kyle Walker July 22, 2009 07:59 am

    Which camera, total memory for my camera would of been a bit more fun... :)

    1GB in phone
    2GB in my "drunk proof" camera
    8GB in my G9 (with backup 8GB)
    8GB in my 1Ds with (about 64GB of backup cards)

  • Chuck Arhens July 22, 2009 07:42 am

    I remember the Sony it was a great camera. At the time I was doing accident photography and the insurance companies were thrilled to get a photo of the scene with in an hour or so. As for memory card size I believe a 4GB is enough photos on one card. I never put all my photos on one card just in case there is a problem. That way I will not loose everything.

    Take Care and Enjoy

  • Peter July 22, 2009 07:39 am

    I think it was a 32mg SD card...it was the greatest thing out there for me...

    Now I own a KINGSTON 32GIG for my D90, and two EXTREME III 8GIG CompactFlash cards for my D300...very convenient for all kinds of photography...

  • TiMO July 22, 2009 07:39 am

    512mb SanDisk CF in my Canon Powershot S45, Then 1 and 2GB SD's in D50 and now an array of 4's and 8's in the D200.

  • Nick July 22, 2009 07:37 am

    I have 3 8gb cards for my Pentax K20D, its something like 380 RAW shots per card. I also have 3 2gb cards for the K100D, or if I somehow run out of room with the 8gbs.

    My first was a 16mb CF card for a Canon 2mp point & shoot. I remember getting a 256mb card later and marveling at how many pictures I could take.

  • Christina July 22, 2009 07:27 am

    Technically, my very first digital camera didn't come with a memory card -- but 8 mb of built in memory! The 2 mp Sony Cybershot that replaced it came with a 8 mb memory stick that I quickly upgraded to a 128 mb memory stick!

  • Dave Wilson July 22, 2009 07:25 am

    The first CF card I bought was 48MB for a Nikon Coolpix 950. It cost me about $260.

  • William A. Wilson July 22, 2009 07:23 am

    I bought my first CF card with my original Digital Rebel. It was a 1 gig Kingston that cost me abut $300.00. Times have changed. I just gave that original card and the rebel to my daughter. She started with a film SLR in the '90s. She knows something about manual operations now.

  • Brian Taylor July 22, 2009 07:16 am

    First was a 16 MB card for a Canon Powershot. Quickly upgraded to 1GB.

    Currently have a 4GB in my D60.

  • dlv July 22, 2009 07:15 am

    4Gb x 2...

    great! i'm looking the poll results and this is the most usage card size

  • Rob Hooft July 22, 2009 07:12 am

    I have multiple cards between 1 and 8 GB, but the trusty 2GB that I bought with the camera is convenient: it is the fastest card I have (almost capable of keeping my D80 going at full speed), and my card reader will read it without converter.

    My first reliable portable digital memory was a probably ~200kB Single Sided Single Density 8" floppy around 1982....

  • John Slankas July 22, 2009 07:10 am

    8 meg. Canon Compactflash card that came with a Digital Elph 110.

  • JoeG July 22, 2009 07:09 am

    My first memory card was a 8MB Smart Media Card, in a 2.1 MegaPixel Samsung camera. Now I shoot on 4GB Sandisk SD cards in a DSLR. Man have times changed.

    I must say that I am glad Smart Media didn't make the cut, it was a very flimsy media. SD looks to be gaining the upper hand on CF though, I think due to the mini and micro SD formats that are now so popular in cell phones. My Blackberry takes microSD (2GB card installed), and I keep an adapter for it in my camera bag so I can use it in my DSLR in a pinch, it's pretty handy.

  • Kathy A. July 22, 2009 07:05 am

    My first digital was an Apple QuickTake that had only internal memory. It could hold 8, count 'em, 8 low res jpegs before you had to download to your computer.

  • cristiano007 July 22, 2009 07:00 am

    I bought the camera with the 4 Gb and already had a 1 Gb, I carry both all the time, just in case. Only once had to use the little backup, in a big party where I was doing the "backup official photographer" for my family, and just because I did many videos.

  • robert July 22, 2009 06:59 am

    I've used the Mavica also. It was a popular camera for schools since every kid could have their own floppy and computers didn't need to have drivers downloaded and installed.

  • Phil Sumner July 22, 2009 06:59 am

    I had a Sony Mavica too. Loved being able to save images directly to floppy. Only got rid of it when I couldn't find a PC to use conveniently which had a floppy disk drive in it!

  • Rodney July 22, 2009 06:59 am

    My first memory card was a 4GB, but then I started shooting RAW+JPEG, so I went bought an 8GB and a portable Hard Drive (PhotoSafe II).

  • Marshall Cant July 22, 2009 06:59 am

    First "memory card" was a 1.44" floppy drive...dual density mind you.
    Now I use 2-4GB for my 40D and 8GB for the 5D MKII. My reasoning is the same as when I chose 24 frame film (back in the day). 24 exposures was usually enough to capture a given project without risk of having the film sit in the camera or just shooting off pictures to use up the 36 frames. With the digital I worry a bit about having a large card with many images die and then losing my work. The relatively smaller cards mean I unload them more often so there is less risk.

  • Major Bokeh July 22, 2009 06:56 am

    My Canon 5D Mark II shoots full res HD video and 21MP files. 16GB is the way to go. I keep a 4GB in my 40D and XSi. I have a handful of 1 and 2GB cards in my bag from the past when I had a G2 then an XT but never use them. Still I can't seem to part with them though.

  • David July 22, 2009 06:56 am

    First card was 256MB for my Canon 10D.

    I now use multiple 8GB cards for my 5DmkII.

  • Paul Godin July 22, 2009 06:54 am

    My first digital camera was a Kodac DC50. It had a resolution of 0.38 Megapixels and if I remember correctly I had a 4MB card for it.

    I've come a long way now with my 12 Megapixel camera and 8gb card.

  • Tony M July 22, 2009 06:54 am

    The first camera I used did not have removable memory, it was a Casio qv10 with 2MB built in and a resolution of 320 x 240 and cost £780.00, from 1996.
    The first card was a Smartmedia card with 2mb.

  • Nick July 22, 2009 06:52 am

    I have a 4gb card but I am thinking to get a couple 16gb cards and maybe someday a 32gb card if it works with my camera.

  • Marcus July 22, 2009 06:51 am

    I like the idea of 4 gig cards. In my 40D, I can store around 300 RAW files. If I were ever on a vacation where I needed more memory, I'd rather use a lot of cards than one big one. I'd hate to see my one large card get corrupted and end up losing my photos... Especially if I were shooting professionally.

    Granted, I've never had a card go bad on me, but my wife did. It was a Lexar 2 gig 80x CF card in a 30D. I read on the internet somewhere that for some reason Canon 30D's and that specific model of Lexar card doesn't get along very well. We were able to get all the photos off the card, but she was out shooting and the camera suddenly started throwing errors. Not fun.

  • Kris July 22, 2009 06:50 am

    My first digital camera was an Olympus point and shoot, it was a 1.3 MP camera and came with a 256 MB card.

  • The World in 35mm July 22, 2009 06:46 am

    Sandisk 8MB Compact Flash !!

  • matejMM July 22, 2009 06:46 am

    256MB SD in Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31

  • Tony Davis July 22, 2009 06:44 am

    My first memory card was a Compact Flash 15M (yep - that is Megabytes people) card. I bought it to go with the Kodak DC50

    Still have it on the side of the computer desk next to the film scanner to remind me of how things have changed now that I am using a 8G card (well in reality 3-8G cards and 2-4G cards) and the resolution on the camera was less than what you get now with a $10 USB webcam

  • Robert Moore July 22, 2009 06:42 am

    My first digital camera was a Canon PowerShot SD400 (I know I started late in the game), which came with a 16MB SD card.

  • Ursula July 22, 2009 06:39 am

    *lol* That's awesome! My first digital camera was also a Sony Mavica (which I still have and it still works!), so my first "memory card" was also a floppy drive... :)

    I now use a Canon SX1 with a 16GB SDHC card. :) How time flies and technology advances!

  • Chris Brightwell July 22, 2009 06:34 am

    My first digital camera (a Kodak DC215) came with a 4MB CF card.

  • Bill July 22, 2009 06:33 am

    I can't remember my first card. It was quite awhile ago. It was probably something like 8meg or less. I've graduated to 8gig and 16gig cards. Right now, I have a 16gig SDHC and a 8gig CompactFlash in my 1D. In my G9, I have a 8gig SDHC.

  • E L Frederick July 22, 2009 06:31 am

    My first Digital camera was under 1mpix and used SmartMedia cards.

  • David Bain July 22, 2009 06:31 am

    My first card was 512mb SD about 3 years ago, my camera, a small, chunky 3MP Kodak.

  • luc July 22, 2009 06:28 am

    I too started with a sony mavica, but it was my father's. My first digicam was a canon 300D, so I already started "for real" on CF cards. my first one was 258Mb.