Sony Memory Cards: Formats & Features

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Most Sony memory cards are specifically designed to work with Sony devices like camcorders and digital cameras. These cards have a unique memory card format specific to Sony devices, but there are other products out there that have built-in compatibility with these Sony memory cards. However, Sony also offers memory cards with more universal formats like MicroSD and SD.

Memory Stick Duo

This memory card is designed to be as compact as possible, being a third of the volume of most standard-sized memory cards. It features MagicGate, which is a form of copyright protection technology, and parallel data transfer which ensures high speed data transfer. It is a durable piece of storage equipment than allows for reliable data transfer via its flat 10-pin connector and guide grooves.

MicroSD with Adaptor

MicroSD cards are used in very compact electronic devices like mobile phones. In order to use them with Sony devices, an adaptor is needed since Sony devices only allow for its own memory card format. This is not an issue with Sony’s series of MicroSD and MicroSDHC memory cards that come with adaptors. These are not just versatile storage devices, but they also come with security thanks to the File Rescue service offered by Sony to help memory card users recover data from damaged or malfunctioning memory cards.

Expert Series

Sony’s Expert series of SD cards feature the same File Rescue capability of MicroSD cards that can help users recover files. It is a high performance SD card that is perfect for tasks that require high speed reading and writing like burst shooting of still photos. It is perfect for Full HD camcorders and DSLR cameras.

Memory Stick PRO Duo Media

This is the basic type of Sony memory card available for high performance devices like digital video camcorders and digital cameras. It allows fast data transfer optimized for high resolution still photos and high definition videos. With capacities of and 2GB, 4GB, 16GB and 32GB, this type of Sony memory card offers high performance and secure storage of photos and videos for Sony devices such as Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital cameras.

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo Media

This memory card has a read speed of 30MB per second and a write speed of 20MB per second. It is essentially 4 times faster than the regular Memory Stick PRO Duo memory card, so if it is speed that you are looking for, this is your best bet among the available Sony memory cards. This is perfect for people who like continuous shooting like those who are taking videos or photos of live events. It comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

8GB Memory Stick with TransferJet

This memory card is designed for easy and fast data transfer between TransferJet devices. It has the capability to do the data transfer wirelessly, which saves you time and energy in not having to deal with connecting cables and positioning devices near each other. Even with non-TransferJet devices, it can also be used by employing the services of an MSACM2 adapter which is sold separately. If you have several TransferJet devices, this memory card has the capability to make your personal and professional life easier and more efficient. It is definitely one of the more specific yet highly efficient types of Sony memory cards.