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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.



SanDisk USB drive for iPhone and iPad
Class 10 memory cards from Kingston Digital
Toshiba Wireless SSD
SanDisk Ultra II SSD
SanDisk flash memory and 4K storage solutions
Toshiba USB 3.0 drive
Delkin Black SD cards
SDHC memory cards with embedded wireless LAN
Toshiba USB 3.0 flash drive
SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive
Toshiba microSD memory cards
Toshiba Exceria 1000x CompactFlash memory card
Sony SD Memory Cards
Sony USB Flash drive for smartphones and tablets
Toshiba wireless memory cards
Those of you who are looking for a line of budget-priced flash memory cards just to have something to store on, can look for the Shoot & Store concept. The cards, which are rewritable and function just like standard cards, are offered in capacities of 32 megabytes (MB), which holds up to 50 photos, and 64MB, which holds up to 100 photos, when used at a resolution setting of 1 megapixel. Shoot & Store is aimed at consumers who want the convenience of leaving their flash cards with professional photo finishers, as they were accustomed to doing with traditional analog film, or who don?t have time or the intension to download their images to a computer or burn them to a disk. The line is available in four formats: CompactFlash, Secure Digital, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card.
This storage medium, size of a stamp, has been developed by Matsushita, SanDisk and Toshiba. The Secure Digital memory card can store the data encoded, to prevent improper use. It also contains a button to prevent accidentally rewriting of the stored data. This type of memory card is being used for digital cameras, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), digital video cameras, MP3 players etc. The memory card is low on battery use and weighs about 2 grams. The card is available with a storage capacity of 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 MB and 1 GB.
This variant of the standard Secure Digital memory card is quicker with converting data. Reading and writing speed has increased, so the owners of high resolution cameras have to wait less time using the Ultra Secure Digital memory card. Extreme weather circumstances do not influence the performance of this memory card. This type of storage medium is being supported by all equipment that is provided with the standard Secure Digital memory slot. The Ultra Secure Digital memory card is available with a storage capacity of 128, 256 and 512 MB.
For the demanding amateur or professional photographer a fast memory card is a must, because speed in combination with high resolution images play an important role for these photographers. At this moment the highest speed possible is 9MB per second for writing and 10MB per second for reading. The Ultra II Secure Digital memory 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 cards are available in two different capacities: 256 and 512MB.
Sometimes you need the fastest card available, because as a professional you need high speed in combination with reliability, the Extreme III Secure Digital card plays an important role. At this moment the highest speed possible is 20MB per second for reading and writing. The Extreme III Secure Digital card, which has a capacity of one gigabyte (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 digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. The Extreme III Secure Digital 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 Secure Digital cards are available in 1GB capacity.
The MiniSD card is 21.5mm long, 20mm wide and 1.4mm thick, and has a volume of 430 square mm and 602 cubic mm. The new size has been developed by the three original designers of the SD card, namely: Toshiba, Matsushita and SanDisk and is recently accepted by the SD Association, an organisation that represents over 500 members. Compared to standard SD cards, the miniSD card saves more than 40% of the printed circuit board area and more than 60% of the volume required to support the card in a portable device. The miniSD card is mainly meant for the new generation 2.5G and 3G cell phones that offer intensive storage possibilities like: digital photography, video clips, MP3 players, video games, personal information management (PIM), e-mail and voice mail. The miniSD card fits in every Secure Digital memory slot through an adapter, to serve as a storage medium.
Better known by the name of SanDisk Connect; SanDisk developed a combination of Secure Digital memory and wireless communication. This combined memory card makes it possible for users of a notebook and PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) to send and receive all data fast and wireless. The Wi-Fi Secure Digital memory card is being inserted in a notebook via a PC Card adapter. The wireless communication (Wi-Fi) takes place with a maximum speed of 11 Mbps. The Wi-Fi Secure Digital is available with a storage capacity of 128 MB.
The MultiMedia memory card is in general exchangeable with all equipment supporting the Secure Digital memory card as well. The memory card is very compact, size of a stamp, and weighs about 2 grams. Because of its size it's very popular amongst the manufacturers of compact products such as digital cameras, digital videos, mobile phones and MP3 players. The MultiMedia memory card is shock proof and is available with a storage capacity of 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB.
   
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