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Digital Camera Memory
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Help on purchasing the right digital camera memory and reducing the chances of photo corruption.


#1: Should You Buy a USB 3.0 Card Reader?
Advantages and disadvantages of a USB 3.0 memory card reader.

#2: Accidentally Washed a Memory Card?
What to do if a digital camera memory card accidentally made its way through the washer.

#3: Is it OK to Use Cheaper Media?
Should you always purchase brand name media for your digital camera?

#4: SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) Media
What is Secure Digital High Capacity media, and can your camera support it?

#5: Beware of Fake Memory Cards!
Some unscrupulous sellers may sell fake digital camera media cards.

#6: Consider Buying a Media Wallet
Protect your digital camera memory from the elements.

#7: Memory and Cold Weather
Most digital camera memory should work well in cold temperatures.

#8: Consider a PCMCIA Adapter
Lose the wires when transferring photos between your digital camera and laptop.

#9: CompactFlash Versus MicroDrives
The pros and cons of buying a MicroDrive versus CompactFlash for your digital camera.

#10: Does Your Camera Support Write-Accelerated Cards?
Write-Accelerated (WA) cards may speed up photo taking in some circumstances.

#11: Faster Memory May Not Equal Faster Performance
Why faster digital camera media won't always result in quicker photo reads and writes.

#12: Keep Your Memory From Water!
How to protect your digital camera memory from humidity and water damage.

#13: One Memory Card Versus Multiple Cards
Is it safer or more convenient to use one large digital camera memory card or several smaller cards?

#14: Can Airport X-Ray Machines Damage Memory?
Can traveling through airports destroy your digital camera memory?

#15: Purchase a Card Reader
Why purchasing a media card reader for your digital camera is a good investment.

#16: Buy Lots of Media
Don't run out of digital camera media when taking lots of photos.

#17: Transferring Files Between Cameras May Fail
Most digital cameras cannot share media cards without reformatting.

#18: Older Cameras And Higher MB/GB Cards
Older digital cameras may not recognize newer memory cards.

#19: Insert Media Carefully
Media can only get inserted into a digital camera one way.

#20: Eject Memory As Per Operating System Instructions
Don't just yank out memory from a USB / Firewire reader; eject it properly.

#21: Turn Off Your Camera When Switching Media
Switching media while a digital camera is on may cause damage.

#22: Help! I Deleted a File!
Recover previously deleted files on your digital camera memory.

#23: Format Media After File Manipulation
After you copy images from your digital camera to your computer, you should clear the media card - here's why.

#24: Don't Format Media with your PC
Digital cameras may not recognize memory formatted with your PC.

See Also:

Digital Camera Accessory

Purchasing and using digital camera memory, card readers, digial camera bags, and more to help you get the most out of your digital photography.

Digital Camera Battery

Purchasing and getting the most out of digital camera batteries, whether your digital camera uses an alkaline battery, rechargable NiMH battery, or propietary battery.

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