Memory Related Matters

We aren't speaking human memory here – although that kind of memory is important too. We are talking electronic camera memory. Digicam memory is where your image information or pictures are stored in your digital camera.

Almost all of the more recent cameras have limited amounts of internal memory. Virtually all digital cameras rely on media or memory cards for storage. A memory card is like re-useable film. Fill it with your photographs, download the pictures, and then fill the card continually. Media cards don’t wear out easily.

To use a digital memory card, put it into the equivalent slot on your digital camera. When you snap, the machine saves the picture data to the memory card. If you memory storage device has reached max capacity, it must be backed up to your PC’s drive. There are a few techniques to try this. One way is to insert the card into the correspondent slot on the computer. Software does the rest. An alternate way is to connect the camera to the computer using USB or Firewire technology. The newest methodology is wireless or Wi-Fi technology-no removing the card from the camera or hooking up cables. At about that point in time, only the most recent camera models use Wi-Fi.

There are a few kinds of digital memory. The choice of media is dictated by the camera. SmartMedia, SecureDigital, Compact Flash, Multimedia, Memory Stick and xD Picture cards are the commonest. Media cards are available with capacities ranging up to 2 gbs. (GB).

After your photographs are moved to you computer’s drive, remember to back up your pictures to a separate storage device. As reliable as hard drives are, failures do occur. A second internal hard drive, an external disk drive, a Zip disk, a CD or DVD is common back up devices. Web sites are available to store back up pictures for a little fee.

Geoffrey Bond is a professional photographer. He writes extensively on all things camera related and specifically on memory cards for digital cameras.

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