Learning About Memory Card Readers (SD & Micro SD Card Readers)
Memory card readers provide a fast and convenient way to transfer data from digital storage devices such as Secure Digital (SD), CompactFlash (CF), or MultiMedia (MMC) cards to a computer, tablet, or dedicated backup device. This allows still or video photographers to edit their images and films, send them to end users via the internet, or archive them securely. They can also erase and reuse the cards if desired.
Types of Memory Card Readers
Memory card readers either come with an integrated plug for connection, or as a box with slots that take the cards, and with the connection plug on the end of a cable. Readers are available as single card readers, which can handle just one type of card, or multi-card readers. These vary from dual readers to models with multiple slots that can take almost all types of cards.
Most models are USB card readers. They connect to standard USB 2.0 ports, with many also compatible with the newer, faster, USB 3.0 standard. If you use an Apple computer, you’ll need a model with a compatible Lightning connector. This can be a dedicated model, or a card reader that features both USB and Apple connectivity.
How to Select Memory Card Readers
When choosing a memory card reader, ensure that it accepts the type of card you use regularly. There are over twenty different types of cards, with SD and microSD cards being the most popular. SD card readers can also work with microSD via a simple adapter.
The next consideration is whether to pick a compact model that takes just one type of card, such as a microSD card reader or CF card reader. These are a good solution if you only work with one card type. Investing in a universal card reader lets you handle cards from all devices, including mobile phones and other accessories.
Another key factor to look at is transfer speed. Class 10 SDHC cards are fine for general use. However, if you work with huge image files, or carry out 4K video recording, you’ll need a high-speed reader, which can work with models such as PRO CFast 2.0 memory cards from SanDisk.
What Accessories Work Well with Memory Card Readers?
Card readers are necessary to transfer and save your data, and for even more security and convenience, you have a choice of memory card back-up devices. Likewise, you can use memory card duplicators to make copies of your data for distribution or storage. Other key accessories are memory card cases that keep your cards safe and orderly.
Look for high-quality memory card and back-up accessories, including memory card cases, at B&H Photo and Video.