Will magnets damage my camera gear?
In as few words as possible, we can confidently say: ABSOLUTELY NOT.
But to make you feel a bit more comfortable about the idea of having powerful magnets around sensitive electronics, we made a video showing you how magnets are completely safe around flashes, cameras, memory cards, radio transmitters, and other sensitive electronics we use everyday as photographers.
To further prove that our magnets won’t harm the vast majority of your electronic equipment, we ran the same test against our iPhone and Macbook. The iPhone and Macbook both have solid-state hard drives, which is the same type of storage as your CF and SD memory cards. As long as your electronic devices are using solid-state media, your electronics are going to be just fine around magnets. In fact, most smartphones and tablets today have magnets inside of the devices themselves!
We do want you to be aware of certain types of electronics that should definitely be kept far away from all types of magnets, including:
- older spinning hard drives
- credit cards
- older televisions
- and most importantly, pacemakers.