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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 is the function of the MISC folder on my memory card?

In all the Canon cameras that I have/had, after every session a MISC folder was created, besides the normal DCIM folder. This folder was always empty and the camera didn't bother if I deleted it. ...
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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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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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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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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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How Do I Know My Memory Card Is Dying?

I have a 2GB SanDisk Extreme II (I think it's a II) CF card that I use as my main card in my Nikon D200. I normally shoot, take the card out, place it in a cheaper reader, and copy the pictures to my ...
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Why don't cameras support journaled filesystems?

like NTFS, HFS+ or ext4, for SD cards? After all, journaling decreases the chance of data loss, which would be important for photographers. I lost an SD card containing maybe a thousand photos when in ...
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What's the difference in media card brands?

I am currently looking at 32GB class 10 SDHC cards. The prices per brand are extremely varied. For example: Transcend - $54.88 SanDisc - $97.95 Raw Steel - $209.99 What is the cause of the price ...
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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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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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The right way to delete all photos from a camera

What is the most correct way to delete all photos from a camera after they all have been copied to a computer: to format memory card using the camera menu, or simply Select All and Delete photo ...
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Are there any memory cards available which can keep up with the Canon 1d x?

With 1d x coming out ... soon, I'm curious on what would be the best memory to use with it, if price is no object. Photo size of this camera should be somewhere in range of 20-30 mb, and with 12 ...
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How can I test a memory card for performance and bad sectors?

I have just purchased a new CF card for my DSLR. I tested it using Xbench (Mac OS X) and it performs as expected. However, I'd like to do a "surface scan" (moving platter term) to check for "bad ...
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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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What does the X mean in memory specs?

I see memory cards and they claim 60x or 100x or 300x, where I assume 'X' means times. Times what? I'm assuming it has something to do with transfer speeds. Is it only on 'reading', ie, going from ...
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Why isn't the Remaining Images Count consistent on my D7000?

I own a Nikon D7000 with 4 GB (Lexar) memory card. My image quality settings are JPEG, Large and image quality as optimum setting. The display on the top show remaining images count in formatted card ...
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How to upload multiple CF/SD cards fast?

What tools are available out there (hardware and software) to upload CF (and SD) cards fast? I am looking for a unit that can take multiple at a time. After shooting a Wedding, for example, you are ...
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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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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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Nikon SD Memory Cards, are they good?

I've bought a Nikon D7000 Kit (Nikon D7000 Kit AF-S DX 18-105 mm VR) that includes two Nikon branded SD Memory Cards. I've tried them and till now I have no complaints, but due to the lack of some ...
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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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What to consider when choosing a memory card?

I have a Canon 20D and was looking to buy a memory card. Turns out there are lots of options that vary in price. This got me wondering, what should I be looking out for when buying a memory card. ...
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Which type of memory card best suit for Canon 60D?

Need help in deciding which type of memory card that is best suited for my Canon 60D. Primarily I will be shooting in RAW pictures mode and only occasionally I will be shooting in in HD video mode. I ...
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Photos taken on unformatted compact flash card

I inserted a SanDisk 32GB compact flash card thinking I'd formatted it. I was able to take 100's photos on a recent holiday. When I tried to transfer them to my computer I was informed on the computer ...
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What is the right way to format a SD Card for use in camera?

What is the right way to format a SD card to be used for pictures? Inside the camera or SD card software? According to SD card spec, there is a protected area on the card that can be over-written ...
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Why does my Canon Rebel XT only recognize 7.8GB of my memory card?

I have a Lexar 16gb CF card. Whenever I format it in my camera (a Canon Digital Rebel XT), it only recognizes 7.8 GB of storage. If I format it in my computer, in the computer it shows 15.6 GB, but ...
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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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Panasonic: misc files stored on memory card

This may be a Panasonic-specific question. My camera is a DMC-FT2. On the memory card, apart from the JPG files a lot of other file types can be found. Do you know what they contain and what they are ...
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Why do cameras put photos in multiple folders on a memory card?

Recently when looking at my memory card I noticed that there were multiple folders on the memory card. The file path looked like this: DCIM/100D5100 DCIM/101D5100 The D5100 is the camera I am ...
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Is deleting pics from memory card in camera dangerous?

I've read somewhere that deleting unwanted pictures from a memory card in camera is risky because there's a slight probability that the card will become corrupted, and all the data will be lost. The ...
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Is there a problem if I delete or copy photos from my SD card using Windows Explorer?

If I just insert the card in the PC and delete some photos inside DCIM folder, or add some, can this damage my card or camera? Should I use some special software for this?
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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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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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What are XQD memory cards?

I noticed that the Nikon D4 uses XQD memory cards along side Compact Flash memory cards. What are the differences or advantages of XQD?
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If I'm happy with the speed, do I really need a faster class 10 or 30MB/s card for my DSLR?

My camera came with 4GB class 10, 30 MB/sec card. I wanted to upgrade to high capacity memory card but I was skeptical, a lower speed card such as class 10, 20MB/sec will cripple my camera when I use ...
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Should I use USB flash storage to supplement my memory card?

I am going on a trip with one memory card; should I buy another or would a USB flash drive be helpful for storing images?
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What to consider when choosing a memory card for Nikon D90?

I need to get a memory card for a Nikon D90 camera. I think it needs to be class 6 or better so that camera is not slowed down by memory access. Are there any other things to consider when getting ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using a microSD card with an adapter as opposed to a SD card?

... for the purpose of being able to show the pictures just taken on a tablet, which takes microSD cards? Are there any disadvantages to this approach one should be aware of?
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Nikon D7000 card problems

So here's my story with the Nikon D7000..... I purchased this body last year as my second-shooter and had two 8GB Panasonic cards in it. I had some corrupted files at the end of the card's memory ...
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How do I (properly) set up Magic Lantern on more SD cards?

I have successfully installed Magic Lantern on my Canon 60D without any problems at all, but I'm not sure how to deploy it to more cards. What I'm concerned the most about is the config. I need to ...
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SD-Card speed limit for Canon EOS 1000D?

I want to buy a new SD-Card for my Canon EOS 1000D. Is it worthwhile to buy a high speed card? What is the speed limit of the controller in the camera?
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Why is my D5000 not saving pictures?

So I just ordered the Tokina 11-16mm. Slapped it on my camera, seemed to work fine, camera recognized and all that jazz, went to snap a picture and it didn't save. It acts like it's taking the ...
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How to delete multiple files in Fujifilm Xpro-1?

Camera: Fujifilm's Xpro-1 Coming back from a trip I had ~300 raw photos in the 16Gb memory card, already saved in the computer, when I went shooting some more. I forgot to format the card after the ...