The Best Memory Cards For Digital Cameras

Memory cards are the “film” for your digital camera. You don’t want to have a card failure and lose your important photos. A reliable brand is important.

The Very Short List:


There are other good brands but these two are very popular with working professionals due to their high reliability. I have had other brands fail but I’ve never had a Lexar or SanDisk memory card fail. Be sure you get the right kind of card for your camera.

How Much Memory?

One very important piece of advice. Eventually, memory cards do fail, even from the best manufacturers. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. And I get emails from people who have had a memory card failure.

So it is an excellent idea to have several cards with less memory rather than one card with a huge amount of memory. Four cards with 8 GB of memory are better than one 64 GB card. When I do a major photo shoot, I split it up among several memory cards. If one card fails, I haven’t lost the whole shoot. The same goes for a photo trip. It is not unusual for me to fill up 8 or 10 memory cards on a trip. If I have a memory card failure, I will lose 1/8 to 1/10 of the trip, not the whole trip. The saddest emails I get are from people who lost all of their photos from a special trip because they were all on one big memory card that failed.

Memory Cards and Lost Photos

Read: Memory Cards Part 1: The Best Way To Use Memory Cards To Avoid Lost Images

Read: Memory Cards Part 2: Lost Photos


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This is one in a series of articles that will guide you to the best of all things photographic. The rest of the series is here: Buyer’s Guide: Recommendations For The Best Photography Equipment, Software, Books, Magazines, DVDs, Online Photo Labs and More.