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The storage media used by digital cameras. Currently the most common memory card formats are Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD)

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How can I recover deleted photos from an SD Card?

My technophobe mother returned from a European trip to discover she'd erased all but 15 images from a nearly full 2GB card. As I am the computer guy in the family, she posted the card to me and asked ...
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How can I know what speed card to get for my camera?

Cameras rarely specify exactly what speed cards you should be using in them - I just checked the manual for my DSLR, and all it says is to use an SDHD card, and a "high speed" card should be used for ...
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How can I backup my RAW photos while travelling without Internet access?

This question seems similar to this one, but my needs are different : I shoot in RAW exclusively I'm looking for a 100% offline solution: while traveling, Internet won't be accessible the "laptop" ...
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How can I recover photo files from a memory card with a corrupt filesystem?

I know this is not specifically a photography issue but since many of us with prosumer/professional-level DLSRs use Compact Flash cards, it is bound to happen to others as well. I have a Sandisk 16GB ...
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Why does my Canon DSLR stop recording video automatically?

I have read a few posts related to video recording using a DSLR so I decided to try my 60D for the first time. I've had the camera for about a year and a half but never tried recording a video. ...
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Is it better to have one large memory card or several smaller ones?

I don't think anyone can give a definitive answer, but what are the factors I should consider? What are the pros and cons? I'm thinking: What are the costs? the risks? How is usability affected? ...
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Is there a way to read or recover corrupted/incomplete photos on CF card?

OK, last summer I was traveling and we decided to go on a cycle and I thought that would be a great opportunity to play around with some timelapse stuff. I've got a Nikon D70 so I had to tape down the ...
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why storing a long exposure photo takes almost as long as the exposure time itself?

last night I took some night sky shots, and I've noticed that with long exposure times [15s;30s] the time it took to store the images in the camera memory card (jpeg) took roughly as long? Whilst the ...
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How often should memory cards be formatted?

Should memory cards in DSLRs be formatted every so often? If so, how often? I hear that after emptying the card out (transferring images to a computer), that it's a good time to format it to help ...
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What benefits does a faster memory card provide?

Although I don't own a pro camera at the moment, I have been trying out equipment that my Uncle uses. I used an Cannon DSLR once and using the continuous shooting feature got about 8 images before it ...
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What SD(HC) memory card should I be using for my DSLR camera?

What is the optimal size? Are certain brands better? What speed rating is preferred? Any other things to keep in mind? Specifically, I am using a Canon t2i.
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Best card for Canon 550d (HD video)?

What is the best memory card for Canon 550D if you are going to shoot HD video? Some SDHC cards don't accept the full HD video I was told.
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What's the difference between CF and SD cards?

What's the difference? Why do professional cameras support CF but amateur models don't? Both are flash based, both support FAT filesystems — what's the difference?
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Is it better to transfer photos by removing the memory card or by directly using a data cable?

I can download the pictures from the camera using the data cable or I can unplug the card and plug into my PC's card reader. Both work and I couldn't notice big differences in speed or reliability. ...
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Can an Olympus E20P take 8GB flash cards?

I have an Olympus E20P camera that is about 10 years old, and the manual says it supports 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia: 4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB; CompactFlash (type I and II) ...
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Why do some professional cameras have dual memory card slots?

I have noticed that some cameras such as the Nikon D300s, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, or Pentax 645D have dual memory card slots. What is the purpose of having multiple memory card slots and why would you ...
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What file system are memory cards formatted with?

Is there an industry standard file system cards are formatted with (when you first get them, and/or after a camera formats them)? FAT32, FAT16?
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What are Canon cameras actually doing when performing a low-level format?

Canon seems to be a bit shady about what their low-level format function actually does. I know what low-level formatting means when applying it to old HDDs that had a separate disk controller, but I ...
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Why don't professional SLR cameras use SD or SDHC memory?

Entry level dSLR's, for the most part, are using less expensive SD and SDHC memory cards, So, why do pro-sumer and professional cameras (for the most part) use only Compact Flash (CF) memory? Is it ...
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Why are my photos taking too much memory?

I have a Canon 5D mark II. The weirdest thing happened today. I was shooting with a 4 GB memory in Raw and Jpeg and was only able to shoot 34 pics. I looked at my settings and couldn't figure out what ...
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Should I get a fast CF card?

I'm wondering whether I should go for a faster card (e.g. SanDisk Extreme series) or can do just fine with slower card (e.g. SanDisk Ultra series) for use with Canon EOS 7D. I'm not planning to ...
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What kind of SD card do I need to keep my dSLR from stoppping every few seconds when taking HD video? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my Canon DSLR stop recording video automatically? When I take HD video with my Canon 60D camera, it stops automatically after about 5 seconds. I am guessing ...
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Will a faster card increase my save speed on a Fujifilm Finepix S4500?

I am trying to determine whether or not I should purchase a class 10 or UHS Speed Class 1 card for my camera. I bought the Fujifilm Finepix S4500 when it first came out and recently started playing ...
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Memory card is almost full, but only displaying 9 photos

I am using an old Nikon D70 with a 4 GB memory card. It has been working well, with no major errors for over a year now. Today I took ~100 photos, and when I tried to upload them, it only displayed 9 ...
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Why is my Canon T3i stuck saving to internal memory instead of the memory card?

My T3i just stopped saving to the memory card and is saving to the internal memory. I have replaced the card in case it was corrupt and I have blown out the slot in the camera where it fits. Is ...