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Which Memory Card Should I Buy?

“I’ve just bought a Canon EOS 400D and have been using an old 256MB Compact Flash memory card with it but it’s not big enough for me – what size and type should I buy?” – Samantha.

It’s amazing how affordable memory has become in the last few years. I remember just a couple of years back paying $1 per megabyte (and more) when I got my DSLR. These days by comparison memory is cheap!

There are a couple of factors that I generally consider when buying a memory card for my camera – Size and Speed. Let me briefly tackle each.


The temptation with prices as they currently are is to simply rush out and buy the card with the most memory. These days this can mean you could well come back with an 8 gig card. However unless you’re going to be taking some long trips without the ability to download your shots while away this might be overkill. Here are a few considerations when it comes to capacity of memory cards:

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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