Memory cards are a type of permanent storage that is commonly used in portable electronic devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones and various handheld devices. This type of memory is available in different fitments such as Compact Flash, Memory Stick, MicroSD and Secure Digital. USB memory card readers are available to allow quick and easy access for reading and writing data to the memory card. Updated
These flash cards are of the CFast 1.0 form factor. Using the Micro SATA interface connection. Due to the SATA connectivity, they offer much higher transfer speeds than Compact Flash memory. Note that CFast cards are physically and electrically different to Compact Flash and are not interchangeable.
The CFast 2.0 specification high performance memory cards are designed for the next generation of professional broadcast, cinema, and stills cameras and camcorders. Due to the SATA-III connectivity CFast 2.0 cards are ready to shoot Full HD and cinema-quality 4K video (4096x2160p) with unprecedented transfer speeds of up to 525MB/ and write Speeds of up to 445MB/s. Designed in parallel with leading-edge camera manufacturers, CFast 2.0 are compatible with a growing range of models from Arri, Blackmagic and Canon.
Note that CFast 2.0 cards are physically and electrically different to Compact Flash and are not interchangeable.
Updated 20/06/15 by JF
A solid state memory card, Compact Flash is a small removable mass storage device that uses flash memory technology. These cards as with all flash storage will retain data indefinitely. They are popular in the higher end specialist applications such as various digital cameras, tapeless video recorders, data logging and compact recording devices for example. Note that Compact Flash are not are not physically or electrically the same as CFast cards.
These portable memory card readers and writers use a USB interface to connect with a computers USB port. These devices can accept a range of memory cards/sticks that simply plug in and are ready to be accessed. These card readers / writers allow simple and quick transfer of music, photo, video and data files to and from a flash memory card.
Floppy disk drives are used to read from and/or write to floppy disks. Modern floppy's are of 1.44MB capacity. They are available in either internal or external fitment.
Sony's Memory Stick is a series of small, flat, rectangular cards that contains flash memory. Designed for Sony's own brand of devices such as their camcorders, MP3 players, digital cameras. Note that there are different form factors of Memory Stick fitments such as PRO, Duo, PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, Micro (M2), XC.
A SmartMedia card consists of a single NAND flash chip embedded in a thin plastic card, although some higher capacity cards contain multiple, linked chips. Back in 1995 It was one of the smallest and thinnest of the early memory cards, only 0.76mm thick, Updated
These memory cards are designed to expand the storage for mobile devices such as phones, camera and MP3 players with a MicroSD slot. Choose from a wide variety of capacities and performance levels, which is an important consideration if you are storing high resolution photos or videos.
Our range of desktop and portable media card readers and drive hubs for creative professionals use a Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 interface for simple plug & play access to your Windows PC or Mac, allowing high-speed ingest and back up of your video, photo, music and data files. These devices accept a wide range of flash-based memory cards including SxS, SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD, CFast 2.0, P2, expressP2, microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-I formats. Updated
These memory cards are designed to expand the storage for mobile devices such as phones, camera and MP3 players with a SD slot. Choose from a wide variety of capacities and performance levels, which is an important consideration if you are storing high resolution photos or videos.