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Digital cameras', MP3 players, mobile telephones, digital videos have something in common. This equipment stores data on the internal memory or an external memory card. The digital images made by a digital camera are usually stored directly on a memory card. Most manufacturers prefer a certain type of memory card which is the reason why there is no standard in using one memory card. The digital images made by a digital camera can be stored in two ways: on the internal memory or on
a external changeable memory. Manufacturers use various memory cards or other storage media and sometimes they use a combination of storage media.
The advantage of using an external storage medium is that it can be taken out of the digital camera and transported without loosing the information that's on it.
Nowadays there are printers with a build-in memory slot, to make it possible to insert the memory card directly into the printer to print the images without interference of a computer. Below you'll find an overview of the most frequently used storage media.



Sony SD Memory Cards
Sony USB Flash drive for smartphones and tablets
Toshiba wireless memory cards
Toshiba memory products
SanDisk CFast 2.0 Memory Card
SanDisk Solid State Drive
SanDisk Connect flash storage
64GB microSDXC memory card
Toshiba CompactFlash memory cards
SanDisk microSDHC review
Kingston 64GB microSDXC Class 10 memory card
Lexar XQD memory cards
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2
Sony XQD S memory card
SanDisk smartphone memory
The Memory Stick has an oblong size, reminding of a strip of chewing gum. This type of memory card has many application possibilities: digital cameras, digital videos, notebooks, PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), MP3 players and remaining (Sony) equipment. The Memory Stick is immune to extreme weather circumstances and contains a mechanical button to prevent accidentally rewriting of the data. The Memory Stick weighs about 4 grams and is available with a storage capacity of 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB.
This Memory Stick has an extra function because of the addition of an extra memory chip and an extra mechanical switch. First by placing an extra 128 MB memory chip the maximum storage capacity redoubled to 256 MB. The storage capacity of 256 MB is divided in two parts that both have to be activated by the mechanical switch. Besides the redoubling of the storage capacity it is also possible to store digital data separately. Business data can be stored on the first memory chip, private data on the second. The Memory Stick with Memory Select Function is available with a storage capacity of 256 MB.
The Memory Stick Pro is a complete new generation of memory cards. This kind of storage medium is suitable to convert high resolution images very fast and is also able to record or play DVD quality video images. The Memory Stick Pro has been designed to have a minimum transfer rate to be able to record real-time and a maximum transfer rate of 20MB per second (160 Mbps). This new generation of memory cards opens a new period concerning storage capacity and speed. The present available storage capacities are: 256, 512MB, 1 GB and 2GB.
Memory Stick Duo has the size of only a third of a standard Memory Stick memory card. In spite of its compact size the Memory Stick Duo has a storage capacity of 128 MB. This type of memory card is presently mainly used in mobile communication equipment and in the Network Walkman from Sony. By using a so called Memory Stick Duo adapter the small memory card can also be used in a digital camera or other equipment. The Memory Stick Duo weighs about 2 grams (4 grams with the adapter).
The Memory Stick PRO Duo is a faster variant of the Memory Stick Duo memory card and it supports the MagicGate technology which makes the card very suitable for MP3 or similar players, digital video cameras and camera equipment, and mobile telephony. This type of memory card has a larger storage capacity, a faster data conversion, a built-in security to protect data with copyright and the possibility to record real-time high resolution photo's or video's. The Memory Stick PRO Duo is only one third of the size of the standard Memory Stick memory card. The Memory Stick PRO Duo weighs appr. 2 grams (4 grams with adaptor) and is available with a storage capacity of 128, 256 and 512MB.
A very fast card is a must for the demanding amateur or professional photographer, because speed in combination with high resolution images play an important role for these photographers. At this moment one the highest speeds possible is 9MB per second for writing and 10MB per second for reading. The Ultra II Memory Stick PRO card is meant for the professional digital camera at which high resolution and the amount of images per second in high resolution play a big role. The developments in the world of digital imaging continue. High resolution at the still images as well as moving images, faster series of images of 8 shots per second do require the maximum of a digital camera, but also of the storage medium. The Ultra II Memory Stick PRO card is available in different capacities: 256, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB.
If you are looking for the fastest Memory Stick PRO card available, because as a professional you need high speed in combination with reliability, the Extreme III Memory Stick PRO card plays an important role. At this moment the highest speed possible is 18MB per second for reading and writing. The Extreme III Memory Stick PRO card, which has a capacity of one and two gigabytes (GB), have essentially double the performance speeds of predecessor Extreme product line which currently has the fastest working cards in many of today's leading pro-sumer digital cameras. The Extreme III Memory Stick PRO cards are targeted primarily at advanced and professional photographers who require high-performance flash memory storage cards for new high-end digital cameras. The Extreme III Memory Stick PRO cards are available in 1 and 2GB capacities.
   
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