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Which cards to use? … Card Size and Let’s back it up!

Updated: Apr 29

At TimeLapseCameras.com we ship all cameras with the manufacturer supplied 16 Gb SanDisk Ultra. There are two types of card speeds. ULTRA vs EXTREME.

In testing various brands we have determined the recommended card to use is the SanDisk Ultra line. The Afidus time lapse camera will accept cards up to 128 Gb in size. Although, there is little need for that large of a card to be used.


"SanDisk Ultra Plus is slower than the Extreme model with a speed of up to 100mb/s. The SanDisk Extreme is faster by about 60mb/s since its listed transfer speed is of up to 160mb/s from 64GB. The 32GB Extreme model has the same listed transfer speed as the Ultra Plus model."

More information regarding card speeds.


Format the card in the camera.

If you're like us and use multiple cameras (or devices which use the mSD cards) it's recommended "Best Practice" to always format the card in the camera before it's used. This is especially true in the new 200S camera. Any mSD Ultra card larger than 16 GB in size must be formatted prior to use.


Use a permanent marker to mark your 200S cards and we advise to keep them separate within the cameras/devices you use them in.

Now for the fine print with the ATL-200S

The ATL-200S has a better CPU with more features and better performance. ATL-200S uses FAT32 as its memory card format. The CPU doesn't support exFAT format.

The solution is: 1. Format memory card before recording. 2. Avoid the using the same memory card between ATL-200 and ATL-200S models. (This tip is for users who happen to have both models). Similarly this is a good practice to remember that its not recommended to switch your mSD cards used generally between devices. SanDisk states "swapping memory cards between different cameras is a bad idea. this can lead to disc corruption and dramatically reduces the life of the memory card."

Best card tips and practices article

"What about larger cards"

If you want to upgrade your card size-you can look to 32, or 64 in size. Stay with the recommended SanDisk ULTRA microSD 80MB/S UHS-I C10. Within the monthly recording guide, the16gb has enough storage for most recording and is compatible with Afidus camera.

Most applications don't need the larger 64 Gb and above cards. Surveillance work might be the exception where you need to capture a lot over 24 hours to capture whatever you are looking for.

Weekly Projects:

For most projects 16Gb is the best starting point between content and battery life. With the "minute-to-win-it-rule" a capture every minute for a month during a 10 hour workday (working Monday-Friday) is about 7.5 minutes of footage, for that month. This is around 3.4 Gb total, at which point we check the batteries and there is plenty of extra room.

Unique situations:

Surveillance and short term wildlife motion sensing projects might be the only application where we have needed 64 or 128Gb card sizes. These typically record for 24 hours a day with a capture every five seconds, this uses almost 3Gb a day. A 128Gb card would fill in around 40 days. You would need solar power or alternate power source to power the camera. For a month of recording you would have about 7 hours of footage to comb through.

Let’s talk Back-up

Our recommendation is to keep cards under 64 Gb in size due to the regular monthly checks for your projects. You never want to be caught in the situation your camera has disappeared and you have not saved your content for that month.

Backing up to a central drive, computer, and/or cloud storage allows for safe redundancy. As you move through your project, continue to save content to the folder structure you prefer.

How do you remove the card?

  1. Open the camera battery compartment

  2. Remove the batteries

  3. Tilt the camera upside down

  4. Press the card until it clicks to deseat it

  5. Use the tip of your finger to gently remove it from the camera.

Be sure to check out the rest of our User Guide for full camera operation.

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