When shooting video on a DSLR, you will be recording to one of the camera’s memory slots to a card. You’ll often feel as though you don’t have many choices when it comes to choosing your camera storage format. While some manufacturers support more than one format (offering both a CompactFlash and a Secure Digital card slot), the choice is still made by the camera manufacturer. Card format Knowing what each format is capable of is important. All modern storage formats have their advantages and limitations. You can use this knowledge when … [Read more...] about Advice When Shooting Video to a Memory Card
For years, when people have asked me which memory card I use - the response has been the same. Whatever happens to be laying around. But during the last five years Ive been keeping better track of the cards that have the most errors and those that perform the best. Ive evaluated whether cards are prone to damage due to rough insertion into the card slot, which have trouble formatting, and throughput speeds, both read and write. Ill start this by saying your mileage may vary. I also want to note that now that I have switched to Fuji cameras, … [Read more...] about Memory Cards That Matter
When you first start out trying to learn any subject, you don't know - what you don't know. While this post may be very old hat to most of you, every day a brand new photographer visits Photofocus for the first time and I want to make sure everyone can get something valuable from the site. So newbies - today is your day. (And a refresher never hurts anyone.) Keep Those Memory Cards Safe I want to share some best practices with you regarding memory cards. This isn't a memory card Bible. I won't mention every single thing you need to know about … [Read more...] about Digital Camera Basics – 10 Tips For Keeping Your Memory Cards From Becoming FUBAR
Memory Card Healthcare Lets talk memory cards. We all have them, need them and use them. But what does it all mean? Lets discuss taking care of our cards and preventing potential problems that can and will happen to all of us. Here's ten practical tips. 1. Keep your camera up to date. From time to time your camera manufacturer will send out firmware updates to your camera. Sometimes this can affect the way your camera talks to your memory card. 2. Make sure you replace batteries before your camera dies. If your camera dies while writing a … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Healthy Camera Memory Cards
Image from Panasonic.com New cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and the Fuji X-T1 are capable of utilizing the latest SD cards with U-3 specifications. Personally, I'm not really that interested in the specifics, but these new cards are really really fast. Fast means that the picture gets from the camera to the card quickly, and from the card to the computer quickly. Both of these times are important for speeding up our workflow. I think most of the SD cards I've seen for sale, even at non camera stores, have been Class 10 (see the "10" inside the … [Read more...] about Want a Faster Photography Workflow? Want to Shoot 4K Video? You’re Gonna Need a New Card
It hasn't happened to me in a LONG time, but I did get asked the other day by a fellow photographer about recovering pictures from a memory card after an accidental reformat. There's a great tool that I've used int the past that can pull back photos from the grave called Klix. The following issues can be solved: Deleted images Reformatted memory cards Corrupted memory cards (often cause by sudden loss of camera power) The tool works on all types of cards and can recover photos or video (as long as you haven't written a file to that new … [Read more...] about Accidentally Reformatted a Memory Card and Need to Get Your Pictures Back? There’s an App for That.
Some cameras use Compact Flash (CF) memory, but most point and shoots, compact cameras, micro four thirds cameras and even some DSLRs use SD cards. They are also used in many cell phones, GPS units and other electronic devices. Since CF cards have been around longer, most photographers are familiar with them. But when I ask photographers detailed questions about SD cards, I find there's some information commonly missing. So this is a quick and dirty SD primer. I think these are the five MOST important things to know about SD cards. 1. There … [Read more...] about Five Things (and more) You Should Know About SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards
I know I am bucking the trend - I know camera manufacturers aren't going to listen to me - but I am going to say it anyway - PLEASE stop making DSLRs that rely on SD cards. They are a hassle - plain and simple. On my recent Florida trip I suffered my first ever flash media failure. It was a San Disk Ultra II SD card. Fortunately I didn't lose any images. But the card failed to format after my last download of images from it to Aperture. I tried formatting the card in different cameras with no luck. The card is toast. It's no big deal. It was … [Read more...] about God Save the Type I CF Card