Not another sort of memory card!

Panasonic 2GB SDHC cardOver the years there’ve been a dizzying variety of memory card formats, from the hulking old CompactFlash (CF) to the exceedingly tiny microSD – nearly all of which can still be found in shops. The variety of cards available for purchase can bewilder even those who aren’t altogether new to the game.

Here, then, is yet another sort of memory card, the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card. It’s a definite improvement over the SD cards it sort of supersedes; that sort can handle only up to 2GB of data, which isn’t very much these days. The new cards are good for a whopping 32 GB (which in and of itself should be more than enough to make this sort of memory card stand out). Unfortunately, though, SDHC cards will only work with card readers compatible with the FAT-32 format; the older sort run on the FAT-16 format.
Panasonic 2GB SDHC cardOver the years there’ve been a dizzying variety of memory card formats, from the hulking old CompactFlash (CF) to the exceedingly tiny microSD – nearly all of which can still be found in shops. The variety of cards available for purchase can bewilder even those who aren’t altogether new to the game.

Here, then, is yet another sort of memory card, the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card. It’s a definite improvement over the SD cards it sort of supersedes; that sort can handle only up to 2GB of data, which isn’t very much these days. The new cards are good for a whopping 32 GB (which in and of itself should be more than enough to make this sort of memory card stand out). Unfortunately, though, SDHC cards will only work with card readers compatible with the FAT-32 format; the older sort run on the FAT-16 format.

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