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A friend of mine bought a Samsung SMX-F34SN video camera which comes with 16 GB internal memory which stores 8 hours of video. The camera also accepts SD cards. I can't figure out what the SD card is for? Why would you store something on the card rather than the internal memory? thanks for the help. rick
 
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Because in most cases transfers from the camera would happen in real time. Copying from the SD card via a card reader would be "Much" faster.
 
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The main reason for recording or shooting to a card as opposed to the internal memory of a camera is so that you can quickly download the video/shots without tying up the camera. Also if you're downloading from the camera, the camera has to be on and therefore using battery if not plugged in.
Card readers tend to be faster than downloading over USB connected cameras.

I shoot in HD via a Canon VIXIA HF10 and although it has 16GB of internal memory, I NEVER shoot to the internal memory. When I get back to my computer, I can pop the card in my card reader and IMMEDIATELY start editing the footage in Premiere Pro even right off the card if I choose to.

Using the internal memory is an extra step that I just don't need.

Lastly, by shooting to cards you never have to worry about running out of room during your shoot as long as you have multiple cards. Once the internal memory is full, you have no choice but to stop and download or delete.

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Originally posted by Rick:
A friend of mine bought a Samsung SMX-F34SN video camera which comes with 16 GB internal memory which stores 8 hours of video. The camera also accepts SD cards. I can't figure out what the SD card is for? Why would you store something on the card rather than the internal memory? thanks for the help. rick


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With the Canon camera its a royal pain to go direct, because it must be *plugged in* - it will now allow you to just use the battery. It's just way easier for me to pop the card into a card reader and plug that into a USB port than crawl around on the floor for a plug for the camera.


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