Flash memory for camcorders has revolutionized the camera industry by making it easy to have smaller more portable camcorders and digital cameras that give you more power and reliability than ever before...!
Here's what you need to know about this digital camera storage media…!
Flash memory is the most popular form of digital camera storage media today. It was first developed by Toshiba in the early 1980's from EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) technology.
So ... What exactly is it…? Flash memory is high-density electronic memory (in the form of memory cells) that are stored on solid-state devices such as:
memory is non-volatile meaning: The data will not be lost when the device has no
can be erased and reprogrammed at will.
Camcorder flash memory is mainly used for storage and transfer of data and is very popular because of it's...
One of the many advantages of using flash memory for camcorders is that it involves no moving parts...
Unlike other digital storage media such as...
Hard drives ... Which use a mechanical arm that reads and writes to a rapidly revolving disc.
DVDs or Mini DVDs ... The DVD is a solid-state medium but the camcorder must use an intricate disc drive and a precise laser system to Read/Write to it.
Some of the only drawbacks with flash memory cards or sticks are...
Flash memory is subject to what is called "Memory Wear".
Flash memory is essentially a collection of tiny capacitors that are charged and discharged continuously as data is written or retrieved from memory.
The memory wear comes from this ...
To activate the capacitors...
A relatively higher voltage than normal is needed to push electrons across the insulating layer of the capacitor to charge it.
The insulating layer is extremely thin and the process of charging and discharging (reading/writing/erasing) will eventually burn a hole in the material.
This is "Memory Wear".
Most flash memory is guaranteed to withstand about 100,000 P/E cycles before the memory wear begins to affect the data integrity.
Actually... 100,000 P/E cycles is pretty good…! But… you just have to make sure that you're aware that at some point the flash memory will deteriorate.
So... Just remember that… Because at that point the memory stick or card will start to malfunction or fail.
Flash memory for camcorders has quickly
become the most popular form of memory storage for digital devices... and for good reason!
It's easy to use, compact and lightweight, fast, powerful and affordable.
The continuing advent of smaller and smaller digital devices will ensure that flash memory will be around for a long time...!
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