Memory Cards for Camcorders

Most modern camcorders are small and can be used single handed. These lightweight types of camcorders are designed to be used with SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) or SDXC (Secure Digital ‘Xtra Capacity’) memory cards. The two important questions to consider when buying a memory card for a camcorder are the speed rating and the storage capacity. The higher the quality of video and the length of video, the greater the storage capacity, especially for high definition video. The storage capacity of SDHC cards are 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. The storage capacity of the SDXC format is a 64 GB or 128 GB card. The speed you need relates to processing large quantities of data quickly. Speed Class 4 and Class 6 are available in SDHC card types for high definition video. Speed Class 10 is available in SDXC card types for high definition video.

 

Memory Cards for Camcorders: What is Backward Compatibility?
As products such as camcorders improve their specifications from one generation to the next, there are compatibility issues to consider. Devices that only accept the original SD (Secure Digital) card format will not be compatible with SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) or SDXC (Secure Digital ‘Xtra Capacity’) memory cards. However, both SDHC and SDXC memory cards are backwards compatible, enabling them to read previous format cards. A device such as a camcorder is backwards compatible if products designed for the new standard can receive, read, view or play older or less powerful standards and formats.

  • SD devices can only use SD memory cards - SD capacities range from 128MB to 2GB
  • SDHC devices can use both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards - SDHC capacities range from 4GB to 32GB
  • SDXC devices can use SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards - SDXC capacities range from 64GB to 2TB 

Memory Cards for Camcorders - Which type of Memory Card is right for your Camcorder?
Which type of Memory Card is right for your Camcorder? Before buying a memory card make sure it is compatible with your Camcorder. All you really need to consider are 3 questions before you buy. How much storage capacity do you need? What speed do you need? What kind of memory card does your Camcorder use? To find out what memory card you need check information from the manufacturer, your user manual or for a logo on the device. Or have a glance at our Camcorder compatibility list.

Memory Cards for Camcorders - Compatibility List
Check our Camcorder compatibility list for details of your device.

Memory Cards for Camcorders - Compatibility List

 
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