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How To Choose The Best Memory Card for Your Camera
Hello world, today with this post being my first article which I publish on my blog, I would like to get into one small but important thing in your photographic equipment.
So if I ask you what the most important thing is when you look at your gear, what would you answer me?
Maybe it’s your camera or lenses, or your backpacks or tripods?
But despite lenses and cameras being expensive and costing you thousands of dollars, the most essential part might be something simple and small like your memory card, which stores all your hard work, your pictures.
Today I received my Sony Tough SD Memory Cards which I ordered on Amazon a few days ago.
I bought the previous generations version V60 with 64GB with 277MB/s Reading and 150MB/s Writing Speed. Since I am mainly photographing landscapes I always treat myself to a bargain and I almost always buy the previous generation SD Cards.
So maybe if you are mainly photographing sports for example, or if you rapidly shoot 35 to 40 megapixel photos in sequence, you would need to buy the fastest card which is as of today 08.03.2020 available with the version V90 with 300MB/s Read and 299MB/s Write speed from the Sony tough SD Cards lineup.
Both SD Card versions from the Sony Tough Models are SDXCII Class 3 Cards and can be used with high speed UHS-II compatible products.
To keep it simple: That means memory cards that support the newer UHS-II standard are faster than the previous generation UHS-I standard models.
The main reason I bought this card is because of it’s exceptional sturdy build quality.
All my SD Cards from SanDisk which I have been now using for years, started to fall apart after a year of use and I had to glue them with Loctite to keep the parts united.
Most SD Cards consist of 4 Parts, the SD Card Chip, two plastic parts for the outer enclosure and the write protection switch which is a small plastic part. It is the tiny grey part, which can be seen on the photo above on the left side, if it comes off or if you lose it, the card thinks that write protection is on and the card can only be read but not be used to take photos with your camera.
Compared to the San Disk SD card counterpart the Sony Tough SD Cards are molded from one part.
If you are someone like me who invests a lot of money and time in traveling and photographing, I would strongly recommend to invest in good and reliable equipment, especially if it comes to memory cards, which will contain your best shots and all your efforts, time and hard work.
SD Cards can fail, that can happen with memory cards from any manufacturer, but memory cards which are designed to withstand and resist the elements are rare and helpful because unwanted surprises can be avoided.
Sony offers a File Rescue and SD Card Utility through their website. The SD Card Utility software enables you to check the status of your cards health.
Also it displays when the maximum amount of read, write cycles are reached, so that you can efficiently plan for the future to exchange/change/upgrade to a new card to avoid problems like write error, data loss and so on.
Should anything still go totally wrong, File rescue software helps to recover files, also the SD Card it is backed up by a limited five year warranty.
To be honest I haven't tried those apps yet, because the product description doesn't say that it's compatible with mac OS Catalina, which I am using now.
SanDisk also offers a recover software Rescue Pro Deluxe, which is included for free if you buy a SD Card, but it has no tool which checks the health and status of your SD Card.
The Sony Tough SD card may be not for you, if you really need the write protection function, which is physically enabled through the small grey plastic switch, which most of the standard make SD Cards have.
But if you need exceptional sturdiness and protection from the elements in extreme environments, in which we landscape photographers are exposed to, this card is definitely for you.
I didn’t had much time for testing this card yet, but I can feel that when touching it, that there are no flimsy parts on it, it’s one monolithic design, it feels substantial despite being such a small plastic part, it's simply sturdy and stiff, compared to my other SD Cards I know and own that are more flexible and give in when I try to bend them.
There are also no ribs that can bend or break, or parts that can fall apart.
According to Sonys product description it’s the world thoughest and fastest SD Card today.