Memory Cards For 3D Cameras
If this was a blog about cars than this page would have been about engines. The 3D memory cards for cameras have the same performance effect on the cameras, like different engines have on cars. You may buy a great new 3D camera, but get lousy results because the card is not suitable for the camera needs or for your needs.
Memory Cards = Camera’s Engine
Memory cards have two main aspects you need to take into your consideration before purchasing a card for your 3D camera (or digital camera):
- Storage Capacity – How much GB of video and/or still image content the card can hold.
- Speed Class – How fast can the data be written to the card.
These two parameters are critical for the best results from your 3D camera. Most of the non-professional people who buy 3D cameras, do get lost before purchasing the memory cards, and in this short review we will try and help clear things out.
No Memory Cards Needed For Sony 3D Cameras
Sony has taken over this awkward feeling and their leading 3D cameras come with an internal memory, so there is no slot, nothing to buy or replace. Having an internal memory has some advantages for the ‘regular’ users, as it takes off the dilemma which card is best for 3D camera.
The best card for Sony 3D cameras is already installed and ready to use. This is true for the Sony 3D Bloggie Touch and for the super advanced Sony 3D handycam camcorder. The main disadvantage for these kind of internal cards, is that when they get filled, they can not be replaced by new cards but need to be downloaded before new videos and stills are recorded.
Storage Space Or Speed Class
One of the most frequent asked questions many people ask, is what to buy “a larger storage or a faster card?”. The simple answer is if you can afford it, get the largest storage capacity with the fastest speed writing capabilities. Unfortunately these cards are for pros, and they cost as much as the 3D camera it self.
For regular digital cameras, with regular family and private usage I would recommend getting the large storage, up to 32GB. This will allow endless minutes of video capturing with thousands of pictures saved to the card. The cons for such large capacity, is that you may hold all your memories on the card, and never need to download, if the card gets corrupted.. you may lose everything.
For HD cameras (they are all HD today..) and for 3D cameras, the speed aspect becomes more important. A low speed card may slow down the camera! Video clips you record may suddenly be paused to allow the content be written to the card.
Some functions may not work properly, like ‘burst shooting’ modes when s fast series of frames is recording a one second with hundreds of frames.
3D videos in HD may be low resolution of not clear as they could be, because of slow card speed limits.
Choosing Memory Cards For 3D cameras
So if you are buying a new camera today, which has 3D or HD recording, the speed should be high class. Prefer a Class 10 speed with a smaller storage space (8GB), than a Class 2 with 16GB storage.
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