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MicroSD as Memory Stick Pro Duo For Sony Photo Camera

December 20th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

On the picture above – my memory cards and on the most left the microSD with the adapters.

Recently I started shooting in RAW format with my DSC-R1 photo camera and I started needing much more space for my photos. I started looking for new 32 GB memory card, but buying 32 GB Sony Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo is $57.99 and way too expensive than I expected.

I searched for alternatives to the Memory Stick Pro Duo and found that there are Memory Stick adapters for microSD cards, which work pretty well. I found Micro SD SDHC TF to Memory Stick MS Pro Duo for $1.32 and bought two. Arrived in less than a week and it looked and felt as expected.
The adapter states that it is SDHC and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards, but I tested 64 GB PNY UHS-1 microSD card and it worked with my Sony DSC-R1. So it does support SDXC cards.

Memory Stick PRO Duo Compatible microSD Adaptor

You can find more about SD, SDHC, SDXC cards here.

I ended up pairing the this cheap adapter with 32 GB Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC 32GB UHS-II/U3. Reads and writes feel much faster than my old card. My photo camera recognized the card as it does any Memory Stick PRO Duo. Now my photo camera enjoys fast card with huge capacity.

I performed test for accessing taken pictures in RAW format at 10 MPx on my Sony DSC-R1 with three different memory cards. Below are the results:

512 MB Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo – capacity 96 normal photos and 18 in raw format / raw access time avg. 5s.
1 GB Sony M2 Duo – capacity 189 normal photos and 36 raw format / raw access time avg. 1s.
32 GB Lexar Professional microSDHC 32GB + Memory Stick PRO Duo Adaptor – capacity 6267 normal photos and 1213 in raw format / raw access time avg. 1s<.

I don’t like benchmarking my memory cards for read and write speeds, but I bet the card is on par with what it’s stated to read and write as speeds.

32 GB Lexar Professional microSDHC 32GB UHS-II/U3 [Amazon.com benchmark]

So this adapter saved me $37 and is paired with much faster card than the Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo. I’m excited to do my first full photo shooting with the new memory card.

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  1. Jumper
    February 27th, 2017 at 13:19 | #1

    Thanks for this great article!
    I was able to do the same for my Sony R1 photo camera! This is amazing! I confirm that the R1 works with 64GB MicroSD – Lexar Professional 1800x microSDXC 64GB UHS-II!
    It’s awesome! Thank you!!!! 🙂

  2. March 23rd, 2017 at 00:55 | #2

    You’re welcome!
    I shot almost 800 photos with my Sony DSC-R1 in RAW format for a day and the card is rock solid. I’m glad that I tried it! I’m also glad that it worked for you! 🙂

  3. May 5th, 2017 at 18:06 | #3

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  5. May 19th, 2020 at 12:25 | #5

    Hi GT,
    Thanks for sharing this trick!
    I was spending too much money on memory sticks, but now I can use microSD cards with this adapter. This is bringing me quite the savings!
    The Sony controllers don’t even need the whole bandwidth of a microSD cards.
    I already bought 10 microSD to Memory Stick adapters. They work like a charm!

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