The Canon Digital Rebel has a single card slot and can use a Compact Flash card with a maximum capacity of 8GB. The Digital Rebel was branded as the Canon EOS 300D in Europe.
If you try to use a card larger than 8GB you'll encounter errors. That limits the selection of memory cards available as the current largest Compact Flash memory cards being sold are 256GB. Few devices have an 8GB limit so there is very little demand for cards of that size.
Your main concern should be with the card read and write speed as this can shave minutes off of file transfer times. It also means that the card will be compatible with new and newer products.
My recommendation for the best memory card for the Canon Digital Rebel is:
- 30MB/s Read and Write Speed.
- Highest quality card available new.
- The ideal combination of value, performance, and reliability.
Once you have a working CF card, expand your options with an additional lens. Check out the 7 Best Canon Digital Rebel lenses.
Recommended CF Cards
- Up to 50MB/s read speed.
- 20MB/s write speed.
- Supports up to Ultra DMA transfer mode 4.
- 30MB/s read and write speeds.
- High-performance card.
- Type I format.
- Low power consumption.
Memory Card Reader
The UGreen 4-in-1 memory card reader can read four memory card formats. These include all card types camera manufacturers implement in all but the most recent professional-level cameras.
The UGREEN memory card reader has a USB 3.0 connection. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will have faster transfer rates than what the Digital Rebel can reach transferring files with the USB mode.
There are overwhelmingly positive customer reviews for the UGREEN card reader, which I agree with. It's a good product because it has been compatible all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have plugged it into.
The cable prevents memory card slots from interfering with other devices or accessories that are plugged in.
When I searched for a more compact card reader that would be easier to travel with, I had to go through the return process with multiple orders. I came across the most frequently found problem in customer reviews, the card readers did not work with my computer.
The UGREEN card reader supports the memory cards below:
- CompactFlash Cards
- SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards (UHS-I supported)
- Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
- MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards
Compact Flash Card Types
Two types of CF cards exist. A card is either Type I or Type II.
The difference between the types is the thickness of the cards. The width and length of the CF cards are the same.
- Type I - 3.3mm thick
- Type II - 5mm thick
The Type II specification allowed for the use of Microdrives in the Canon Digital Rebel. A Microdrive was a little mechanical harddrive.
When Compact Flash cards were first released they had high prices and had limited storage capacities. Microdrives made it possible to get larger amounts of storage.
Microdrives have not been manufactured for many years. Due to their mechanical parts, the drives had a high failure rate.
Another usage of the Type II slot is for Compact Flash card adapters. The adapters can allow you to use MicroSD or SD cards in a Compact Flash slot.
Avoiding Card Read Errors
A prevalent problem with cameras that use CF cards are damaged card slot pins. When a pin is bent, you may see any of the following errors:
- Err 02
- Err CF
- No CF
If you want to avoid bent pins, never force a Compact Flash card into the Canon Digital Rebel. The additional room for a Type II card enables a card to end up being misaligned.
If the CF card does not easily slide into the card reader, take it out and check the alignment of the card. Also, check the card for any damage.
If there is no damage, carefully line up the card and try inserting it again.
Now that you know why the SanDisk Ultra 8GB Compact Flash card is the best Canon Digital Rebel memory card, you'll be able to pick out the best CF card for any future camera.
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