DSLR: Digital camera accessories Digital camera memory card reader

Sandisk memory card reader

A memory card reader, attached to your computer, is a better way of transferring photos from camera to computer than linking the two with a USB cable. It's quicker and saves camera battery life. Memory card readers are cheap, around £5 upwards.

Multi-card readers are also available. These can read many different types of card – useful if you have several cameras or electronic devices that use different types of memory cards. Most can read standard Secure Digital (SD) and high capacity (SDHC), Compact Flash (CF), Memory Stick (MS) and xD cards.

To see which camera brands and models are compatible with which types of memory card, see our digital camera and DSLR reviews.

Use the interactive media card capacity calculator to see how many photos, MP3 files or videos you can fit on a memory card.

 

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Media card calculator for SD Video (MPEG2)
Memory card sizeXP 10MbpsSP 5MbpsLP 2.5Mbps
1GB12.52550
2GB2550100
4GB50100200
8GB100200400
16GB200400800
32GB4008001600
Media card calculator for digital cameras
Memory card size5Mp6Mp7Mp8Mp10Mp12Mp16Mp
Jpeg Photos (normal quality)
1GB670590500430340290220
2GB133011801000870690590430
4GB267023502000174013801180870
8GB5330471040003480276023501740
16GB10670941080006960552047103480
32GB213301882016000139101103094106960
Jpeg Photos (fine quality)
1GB350310260230180150110
2GB700620530460360310230
4GB140012401050920730620460
8GB281024802110183014501240920
16GB5610495042103660290024801830
32GB11230991084207320581049503660
RAW
1GB90807060504030
2GB180150130110908060
4GB350310260230180150110
8GB700620530460360310230
16GB140012401050920730620460
32GB281024802110183014501240920
Media card calculator for HD Video (AVCHD 1920x1080)
Memory card sizeSuper (HA) 15MbpsHigh (HG) 13MbpsStandard (HX) 9MbpsExtended (HE) 6Mbps
1GB7.5101522.5
2GB15203045
4GB30406090
8GB6080120180
16GB120160240360
32GB240320480720
Media card calculator for an MP3 player
Memory card size128kbps192kbps256kbps
1GB310210160
2GB630420310
4GB1250830630
8GB250016701250
16GB500033302500
32GB1000066705000