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Compact Flash Cards

Compact flash memory cards (or CF) are high performance memory cards used by high-end DSLR cameras and video cameras. They are renowned for their reliability and memory integrity, which makes them valued by professional photographers and videographers the world over. Our comprehensive range of options span all GB capacities as well as read/write speeds and can be found at some of the most competitive prices in the UK.

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When choosing your CF Compact Flash card, there are 4 things you should consider:

The size of the card – this is written in GB for Gigabytes and is usually one of the biggest deciding factors as it dictates how many photos or how much video you can store on the card at any one time. Professional photographers and filmmakers generally consider it good practice to use multiple that are smaller in size rather than one large card as this spreads the risk of data loss. If one of many cards is corrupted then you’ve only lost part of your work, not all of it.

The maximum write speed – this is written as MB/s, meaning Megabytes per second and governs how quickly your images can be saved to the memory card. This term isn’t to be confused with MegaBITS per second (Mbps), which is how video quality is described, and 1 byte = 8 bits. Memory cards are rarely able to sustain this write speed, so you should always buy a card that has plenty of capacity for the speed your camera produces video or photos at.

The UDMA rating is the read speed of the card and shows the maximum bus speed at which the card can be read. So UDMA 1 rating supports a read speed of 16.7 MB/s, and UDMA 7 is ten times faster than this, with a read speed of 167 MB/s.

The minimum sustained write speed is the slowest speed at which the card will write data to it. This is less important to photographers as it is to videographers when a drop in the write speed can mean missed frames in recording. This minimum sustained speed is written as an MB/s figure inside a movie clapperboard.

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Trade in your old equipment

Fast and easy trade in service ensures your old gear is collected efficiently and you are paid quickly! It's very simple to trade in your unwanted photography gear. Just head over to our dedicated Sell or Part Exchange page, fill out the details, and we'll get back to you with an offer for your old gear. Take the cash, or put it towards the cost of your new gear. It's up to you! Find out more

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