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What You Need to Know About Memory Stick PRO Duo Memory Cards

Sony developed this flash memory format in 1998 for use in their home consumer products. It was part of a larger product line of flash memory that began with their proprietary memory stick format. Their 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards can be used with cameras and other Sony-branded products.

What products use 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo?

Sony products that use the Memory Stick PRO Duo include:

  • Cyber-shot cameras: PRO Duo flash memory can be used for additional media capacity. If this model has a standard-sized memory stick slot, it will require use of a memory stick Duo adapter. These memory sticks will enable you to store photos and video footage.
  • Sony VAIO computers: These computers offer native support for this PRO Duo memory stick and do not necessarily need an adapter. You can use these sticks to transfer files to or from your computer. It will appear when connected as a new drive to be written to.
  • Sony handheld video game systems: This Memory Stick PRO Duo can be used with both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation portable. These memory sticks can be used to store photos, movies, and more. For example, you can store game updates on these cards and apply them after you are finished playing.
How do 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards work?

The Memory Stick PRO Duo employs a storage capacity that is electrically written and erased to. Unlike a hard drive, the card contains no moving parts, but instead records data to cells. It is capable of fast read and write speeds, minimal noise, and low power consumption.

Another feature of the PRO Duo format is that it is smaller in size and weight than the previous flash memory used by Sony. They are less vulnerable to mechanical shocks, liquid damage, and internal data corruption. PRO memory cards can transfer data at speeds of 15Mbs or higher, which is fast enough to record close to DVD-quality video.

What are possible media capacities of memory sticks?

When recording video and photos, the amount of media you will be able to record depends on the quality you prefer. For example, if you are recording video with a 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo on the Memory Stick Camcorder, you can shoot approximately 69 hours and 10 minutes of MPEG-4 video at a resolution of 320 by 240 at 15 frames per second. If you wish to trade quantity for quality, you can record with the same resolution at 30 frames per second for 39 hours and 30 minutes of recorded video.

These cards are useful for taking extra photos when on the go.

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