Digital Camera Storage Media:
What Type Is Best for You?

Digital camera storage media

There are many types of digital camera storage media today!

But...way back... in the 1970s and 1980s we had just one type of video recording media... large videotape!


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Well… Videotape back then was big and bulky, video cameras were large and heavy and video editing was mostly done in-camera. Wow... It doesn't seem that long ago!

Sony portable video camera 1970

But you can shoot high definition video with your smart phone...

Which has a digital image storage capacity that would have been hard to comprehend 30 – 35 years ago...

And then quickly upload or download it to almost anywhere with the push of a button... Amazing...!

Believe me when I say digital storage media has really come a long… long... way since the 70s and 80s!

In this series of articles I'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of the current digital camera media storage formats and how you can choose the right one for you!

What Is Digital Camera Storage Media?

Definition of Digital Camera Storage Media


* Digital camera storage media is... A device or material dedicated to securely and accurately holding the digital data files being written to it by your camera's image processing system when your camera is in operation.

It is from this recording media for digital cameras that you can upload or download the digital image files for viewing and/or further processing.

These days flash memory is the digital storage media of choice but there are plenty of cameras out there that use other types of media.

All of these various types of digital media storage have their strengths and weaknesses... Let's take a look at some of them!

Popular Types of Digital Storage Media...

These devices or material are mainly in the form of:

  • Flash memory
  • Hard Drives
  • Optical Media (CD/DVD)
  • Videotape

We will take a look at the pros and cons of each one of these forms of digital storage media.

Flash Memory… The Most Popular Type of Recording Media for Digital Cameras…

Flash memory storage media is now, far and away, the most popular format for digital video cameras.

This type of memory was first developed by Toshiba back in the 1980s and it is extremely popular because of its:

  • Super-fast read access to your file data.
  • Data compressibility (meaning, a lot of data can be stored in a very little space).
  • The device itself can be very compact (such as a slim and small card or stick).
  • And the device can be made to be very durable.
Digital video camera flash memory

Even though flash memory has many advantages… There's still some drawbacks to using it.

In the article below on camcorder flash memory basics I will go over exactly what flash memory is and the pros and cons of using it.

Optical Media (CD/Mini DVD/DVD)...

A few years back the DVD camcorder was one of the most common and popular camcorder media storage formats in use.

It's a good and reliable digital storage medium and many of these types of camcorders are still on sale and are still in use today all over the world.

There are some nice advantages to using it as well as some drawbacks...

Below are a couple articles on this common recording media for digital video cameras and camcorders.

DVD camcorder

Other Types of Digital Storage Media...

Here are some of the other types of digital media storage used in and with digital video cameras that will be covered in later articles:

  • Solid-State Disk Drives (SSD)
  • Hard Drives (HDD)
  • Cloud Storage (Digital Media Storage websites)
  • Videotape
  • Mini DV (cassette tape)
  • NAS video storage

I'll go over each in depth... Giving you the pros and cons of each one.

Some of the Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Digital Storage Media...

All types of digital camera storage media have their advantages and disadvantages. A lot of it however really depends on your preferences as far as:

  • Ease-of-use
  • Durability and reliability
  • Read/Write speeds
  • Storage capacity
  • Size and portability of the device
  • How and where you upload or download your video footage to
  • Cost considerations

Hopefully the articles in this section will give you the information you need so that you can make the best decisions when you're buying storage media for your camera!

The type of digital storage media you will use is a key consideration when buying a digital camera or camcorder... in this section we will go over the information that will help you choose what type of digital camera storage media is best for you!

 Have fun...!  Dan

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