Memory Card Readers: Why to Use and How to Choose

By: Christine Peppler

When it comes to capturing and enjoying the images on a camera or camcorder, downloading the data can be the most complex and time consuming part of the task for those who are a bit shy about all of the cables and inputs. There is a better way however to accomplish the job. Memory card readers allow users to skip much of the complexity and, in some instances, the computer altogether.

There are a number of good reasons for using a memory card reader:

&bullThey are affordable. Prices range from around $15 to over $200.

&bullThey are easy to use. In many instances the card reader remains connected to the computer and the user does not have to spend time reconnecting each time they want to download data.

&bullThey can save the camera or camcorder battery as these devices do not need to be powered on to complete the transfer.

&bullDownloading is generally a faster process. Most cameras and camcorders use USB1.1 whereas most card readers use USB2.0 which is 40 times faster.

&bullCard readers can allow the user to transfer information between cards.

&bullAll-in-one type card reader models support multiple file formats, thus they can be used with multiple devices; a camera, camcorder, or MP3 player.

There are many memory card readers on the market for consumers to consider. A few key points to think about before making a purchase include:

&bullIs the particular card reader being considered compatible with the buyers computer; either Mac or PC? If the card reader uses USB 2.0 or FireWire the computer must accept these inputs.

&bullWill the card reader support the file format used by the camera, camcorder or other devices used? Again, many card readers support more than one format making this a much easier decision.

&bullWhat other features are desired? Some card readers don't require a computer to download and burn to DVD. Others can attach to a television to play content. Does the buyer prefer a card reader powered by AC or with rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries? Is a card reader with write capabilities needed?

Memory card readers can certainly make the task of downloading data from a camera or camcorder a much easier task. Assuring compatibility with other devices and selecting the features that are desired are simple decisions that should allow buyers to make a selection free from the frustration of technology overload which accompanies many other home electronics purchases.

Gadgets
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Gadgets
 



Share this article :
Click to see more related articles