Memistore lets you keep your spare memory cards safely attached to your camera

Dec 13, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Memistore lets you keep your spare memory cards safely attached to your camera

Dec 13, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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So this is an interesting idea I haven’t seen before. Called the Memistore, it’s an SD card “wallet”, of sorts. But it’s not like any others I’ve seen. This is a small unit that sits either in your camera’s hotshoe or screws into the tripod socket. The Memistore is being funded through Kickstarter. and has only just launched, so there are plenty of early bird specials for those interested.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/memistore/memistore-store-your-extra-memory-cards-and-images

The Memistore hods two SD cards and has a 1/4-20″ thread on top to screw into your camera, as well as a 1/4-20″ socket in the bottom. So, you don’t need to remove it to mount the camera on a tripod or monopod. A hotshoe mount adapter is also included.

It’s splashproof, and designed to be opened with one hand – presumably as your other will be holding the camera. And if you are tripod mounted, you don’t need to remove the camera to access it.

It’s quite a neat idea and seems pretty handy for more casual photographers, or light travellers. I do wonder, though, how practical it would be for professional use.

I usually take 4 cameras out with me on a shoot. Primary stills + backup, primary video + backup. Three of these cameras have dual card slots. I also take a waterproof memory card case with me that holds a dozen microSD cards (for action cameras, phone backup, etc), and a dozen regular sized SD cards.

The cost of that case was less than a single Memistore unit. But it’s just the way I’ve always worked. Storing spare memory cards in a holder in my bag. I don’t just have them loose floating around in my pocket as the Memistore campaign might suggest.

I do like the idea, though. It could be handy for when I’m out just doing family stuff with the camera and don’t have a ton of gear with me.

If you want to back the project and order your own Memistore, head on over to Kickstarter. The early bird prices are very cheap (starting at AUS$12 – a mere US$9), so you’ll have to be quick. After those go, the next cheapest are AU$20 (US$15), 50% off the regular retail price.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7 responses to “Memistore lets you keep your spare memory cards safely attached to your camera”

  1. Don Barnard Avatar
    Don Barnard

    Vs buying a bigger memory card? I’m going to say nope ?

  2. Martin Ricki Vinš Avatar
    Martin Ricki Vinš

    I would be afraid of accidental broking of this device. I would stick with bigger memory card, though.

  3. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    Pentax already does this with in the battery grip ;)

  4. Hasmukh Patel Avatar
    Hasmukh Patel

    My Camera Bag, Top Shirt pocket is just as practical, so a No for me

  5. Michael Ciurleo Avatar
    Michael Ciurleo

    I’d get one for a mirrorless however not my D810

  6. Ghislain Côté Avatar
    Ghislain Côté

    I always have a lens on my DSLR… This leaves with a back lens cap and a body cap always handy… Turns out, these make a great box ! With enough space for two SD (in box or striped original packaging) + a compressed micro fabric cloth to keep them from moving around. It’s light, splash proof, dust proof, does not attract attention and is always in my bag… Done !

  7. WillMondy Avatar
    WillMondy

    That looks like it will get knocked on something and break.
    Also it doesn’t look like it will play nicely with all tripods, though the 3LT head seems to work.