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Published on April 25th, 2013 | by Mike Corey


How To: Choose the Best Memory Card for your Camera

For most travellers, bringing a good camera to document your travels is an important aspect when it comes to packing. But what most people don’t realize is how important memory cards are to documenting your travel experiences (especially if you plan on shooting video). Mike Corey from Kick the Grind TV shares his tips with us on how speed plays a factor, and what to look for when you purchase your next memory card:

Imagine this: You’re embarking on your dream trip; filming the sites, the colours and the food, when suddenly something pops up on your LCD screen saying ‘Movie recording has been stopped automatically‘. You’re left thinking something is wrong with your camera, but in actuality it’s your memory card. Mike explains how to avoid this problem in his video below:

The most common thing to understand with all memory cards is the class system. When shopping for SD cards you’ll notice a number written on it. This lets you know how many megabytes per second the card can transfer. Generally for most cameras, you want to make you have at least a class ‘6’ if you plan on shooting video. Here are some of Mike’s recommendations based on the type of camera you have:

tips for choosing the right memory card


Friendly tip: If you plan on shooting lots of photos or videos, chances are you’re going to go through a lot of memory cards during your trip. Invest in something like a case to store your cards in to keep them all in one place, while also protecting them from elements like water.

tips for choosing the right memory card

Cheers and Happy Documenting!


Have any great videos you’d like to share from your travels? Leave a link in the comments below!


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is a breakdancing biologist turned travel videographer. He captures our world with a curiosity that comes from never growing up. Experiences over Possessions is his motto.

4 Responses to How To: Choose the Best Memory Card for your Camera

  1. Megan says:

    Great post, thank you for the information. I’ll be upgrading my card soon as I was told by the store any class 10 would be fine. However, I’ve had that error message when shooting video.

    • Mike Corey says:

      Frustrating eh? Not what you need when you’re shooting something you’ll only see once. People who don’t shoot video don’t know. There are some great prices online, I usually go with Sandisk, but have never had any problems with any brand.

  2. Koemsie Ly says:

    Yes, it’s really great for the Photographer!

  3. Jame Brown says:

    Great post, thanks for guide me how to choose the best memory card for my camera.

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