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Every time I need a new SD Card – in the past, I’ve found myself shouting at the sky – HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SD CARD?
Because it’s so confusing!
Well, Hopefully this short post will help you make a good decision. If you’re still confused by my answer, just leave a comment down below and I’ll do my best to get back to you asap!
The reason I wanted to make this post was that I had someone ask me how to pick the right SD card for their camera. I get it, it can be really confusing!
You want to think about three big things: Size, Speed and Type.
How much data you can store on it, which these days probably means aiming for a few dozen GBs at least.
How fast it can save your photos or videos. This is an important one – particularly for video. If you’re only shooting full HD (like 1080p), a Class 10 card usually does the trick. But for 4K? I’d go for something like a UHS-I U3 or a V30.
The type of card – you’re really looking at SDXC, ranging from 64GB to 2TB, or the newer SDUC, which starts at 2TB and goes up to a massive 128TB. But always, always make sure your camera can handle the card you’re eyeing before you buy. So check the specs and choose wisely!
Finally, just consider – if something goes wrong is it better to have 1 big card? or multiple smaller. Also, remember that if your camera can write to two cards at the same time, it will generally (not always) drop to the speed of either the slowest card in the camera – or slot speed.
Brad is a seasoned photographer whose journey began in 2006 with a 3.1-megapixel digital camera. Over the years, he has specialized in various photography genres—from weddings and portraiture to product and studio photography. Based on the Sunshine Coast of QLD, Brad combines his love for education and photography, sharing his expertise on DSLRAD.com, a platform committed to capturing life’s treasured moments and empowering photography enthusiasts.