Ultra Fast SDXC Storage
Pentax K-3 The Pentax K-3 is the best entry-level digital SLR we've seen with SDXC storage.

There are an array of storage types/formats available with each camera taking a different type. Some formats basically only used by the company that invented them such as Sony's Memory Stick series and then there are more widely used formats like SD (Secure Digital). The range of Secure Digital options: SD, SDHC and SDXC are most common amongst digital cameras although many professional digital SLRs still provide Compact Flash slots.

Secure Digital

SD is the most popular format available like most formats its been upgraded over the years to improve its capabilities.

SD Memory Card

SD Card
photo of 2GB SD Card
  • First iteration of secure digital memory cards.
  • Released in 1999.
  • Provides up to 2GB of storage.

Recent digital cameras than use SD

SDHC Memory Card

SDHC Card
photo of 32GB SDHC Card
  • Second iteration of secure digital memory cards - HC meaning high capacity
  • Released in 2006
  • Provides up to 64GB of storage
  • Offers increased speeds

Recent digital cameras than use SDHC

SDXC Memory Card

SDXC Card
Panasonic 64GB SDXC high capacity memory card
  • Third iteration of secure digital memory cards - XC meaning eXtended capacity
  • Released in 2009
  • Provides up to 2TB of storage
  • Offers increased speeds- up to 300MB/s

Recent digital cameras than use SDXC

Best Compact Digital Cameras with SDXC

The following digicams are some of the best which support SDXC

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $798
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
from $619
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $447
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
from $270
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.0
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
920k dots

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

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Micro SD

MicroSD Card
San Disk MicroSD 2GB memory card
  • First iteration of the micro format
  • Released in 2005
  • Provides up to 2GB of storage
  • 80% smaller than regular SD memory cards

Recent digital cameras than use Micro SD

Micro SDHC

MicroSDHC Card
San Disk MicroSDHC 8GB memory card
  • Second iteration of the micro format
  • Released in 2007
  • Provides up to 32GB of storage
  • 80% smaller than regular SD memory cards
  • Offers increased speeds over microSD

Recent digital cameras than use Micro SDHC

Eye-Fi

Eye-Fi Memory Card
8GB Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wi-Fi memory card

Eye-Fi cards are a unique type of SD card with Wi-Fi built right into the SD memory card. Eye-Fi allows your photos and videos to be immediately uploaded over the wifi network instantly clearing up space on the memory card for limitless shooting. You can upload not only to your computer but if you're on the road they can be uploaded to your favorite online service, including flickr, facebook, snapfish, youtube, picasa, etc. Eye-Fi provides a free hotspot access service internationally for eye-fi owners and also permit you to easily add Wi-Fi networks you have access to. Finally some Eye-Fi cards can utilize the wireless signals to do geolocation allowing it to geo tag your photos similar to a GPS (although less accurate but available indoors where GPS is not).

No recent digital cameras found that support Eye-Fi

Compact Flash

Eye-Fi Memory Card
8GB Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wi-Fi memory card

Compact flash, introduced in 1994, was one of the first memory card type for 16 years provided the highest level of storage and fastest transfer rates despite introductions by many competing formats. Due to its large 128GB maximum storage capacity and fast speeds compact flash has remained popular in professional digital SLRs. Secure digital has long since replaced compact flash in smaller cameras, entry level and increasingly in semi-pro SLRs. The SDXC format provides higher theoretical storage and transfer capabilities to compact flash and will finally provide an alternative storage format for pro photography cameras.

Advantages of Compact Flash

  • Extremely high transfer rates - 90MB/s in available cards
  • Large capacities
  • Many photographer like the larger size - easier to handle, harder to loose
  • Most pro SLRs require compact flash
  • Some feel compact flash is more durable

Recent digital cameras than use CompactFlash

Memory Stick

Sony launched the memory stick format in 1998 and has developed several improvements/revisions of the format since then. In typical Sony fashion they developed a proprietary format instead of utilizing industry standards like compact flash and secure digital - their format never really caught on with other manufacturers. Although memory stick is still around most Sony cameras also support Secure Digital, having won the digital camera format war.

Memory Stick

Memory Stick
Sony 128MB memory stick
  • First iteration of the memory stick format
  • Released in 1998
  • Provides up to 128MB of storage

Memory Stick Pro

Memory Stick Pro
Sony 1GBB memory stick pro
  • Second iteration of the memory stick format
  • Released in 2003
  • Provides up to 4GB of storage

Memory Stick Duo

Memory Stick Duo
SanDisk 128MB memory stick
  • First iteration of the compact Duo style Memory Stick
  • Released in 2003
  • Provides up to 128MB of storage
  • About 1/2 the size of a regular Memory Stick

Memory Stick Pro Duo

Memory Stick Duo
Sony 8gb pro duo memory stick
  • Second iteration of the compact Duo style Memory Stick
  • Released in 2006
  • Provides up to 32GB of storage
  • About 1/2 the size of a regular Memory Stick

Recent digital cameras than use Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo

Pro-HG Duo
Sony 4gb hg-pro duo
  • Most recent iteration of the compact Duo style Memory Stick
  • Released in 2008
  • Provides up to 32GB of storage
  • Provides faster read/write vs Pro Duo

Recent digital cameras than use Memory Stick PRO Duo

MMC - MultiMediaCard

MMC plus
Transcend 4gb mmc plus memory card

The MultiMediaCard also known as MMC, is not a currently supported standard the last revision of the standard was in 2005 and most cameras do not accept MMC formats. MMC provides a maximum of 4GB of storage.

No recent digital cameras found that support MMC

SLRs with High Speed Memory Support

SLRs with Compact Flash Support

The following DSLRs support compact flash for those who prefer it.

Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $6,497
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,074 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $3,297
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP

Learn more about the Nikon D810

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
from $1,799
Focus points Many focus points Help
65
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
10 fps
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel

Learn more about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Best SLRs with SDXC Support

The following DSLRs support SDXC, the best new storage format.

Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,797
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

Learn more about the Nikon D610

Nikon DF
Nikon DF
from $2,747
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,279 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

Learn more about the Nikon DF

Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $3,297
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP

Learn more about the Nikon D810

Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
from $904
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,216 ISO
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
25
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

Learn more about the Pentax K-3

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Discussion

Showing 8 comments

Avatar for Surendra P Surendra P (5:56 PM, October 06, 2014)
There are different Types of Memory cards. All of them differ in terms of the data rate of the computer.
 
Austin (3:22 AM, June 18, 2014)
About 8-16gb with class 10 works great.
 
Avatar for Warren Woodhouse Warren Woodhouse (0:15 PM, September 24, 2013)
Seems like a useful article for my college work. :D Very happy
 
nodate!! (0:35 PM, January 29, 2013)
when did you write this? - would be great if your article had a date on it !!
 
Avatar for mike dicks mike dicks (7:18 PM, October 26, 2011)
can i use a CF cards for ready boost
 
Martinohansen (1:55 PM, July 27, 2011)
How much space do you typically need?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:15 PM, April 25, 2011)
Hi Noah, can you give me an example of what you're asking about?

Generally CF cards are used in higher end DSLRs, and all other cameras use SD variants. One reason to stick with CF might be if you already have an investment in CF cards and card readers.
 
Avatar for Noah Van Heukelom Noah Van Heukelom (6:22 AM, April 25, 2011)
Can you explain the difference and compatibility factors between the different types of CF cards and SDHC cards within in their respective groups?