The Importance of Speed in Memory Cards

Memory Cards & Reader

It’s not the write speed that you have to be concerned about, says Ron Risman of; the camera takes care of that. What you have to look at is its read speed as it determines how fast you can upload your images to your computer.

Therefore a fast memory card should be matched by a fast card reader. Risman reviewed some popular brands like those from Lexar, SanDisk and Kingston and posted his findings.

He writes, “The speed of the memory card itself seems less important in the camera unless you’re a professional sports photographer or working to be one. The internal buffer on most DSLRs really minimize the benefit of using a faster card and most, if not all, point & shoot models, do not offer internal support for faster write times. However, as mentioned in this review, a faster memory card does translate into faster upload times.”


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.