SD (Secure Digital) memory cards are the primary accessory we use to expand the storage of our portable devices. When purchasing a good SD memory card, we should consider its size, speed and storage capacity. Aside from the mentioned major factors, we should also consider the SD card’s other features, like the integrated WiFi, card security, warranty and, of course, compatibility.
Keep in mind that, usually, when it comes to microSD cards the use of adapters is required, so that we can read the content on gadgets such as camcorders, digital camera, laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
Since there are so many types of memory cards available out there, we decided to come to your aid with our list of the best SD cards on the market.
1SanDisk MicroSDXC UHS-I
SanDisk recently launched a 256GB SD card that is said to be the fastest (UHS does mean Ultra High Speed), and a true storage magnet. The MicroSDXC UHS-I has two variants: the Extreme and the Ultra. The Extreme is the memory card ideal for drones, camcorders, and cameras. The card is capable of storing 4K Ultra High Definition videos and up to 14 hours of video footage. The speed is stunning, because it can READ/WRITE data up to 100MB/s and 90MB/s respectively. The Ultra is a class 10 micro SD card that is perfect for expanding a smartphone’s or a tablet’s storage. It is also capable of recording HD videos for about 24 hours.
The Ultra will be available on the market this month, at $149.99, while the Extreme is expected to be released next year and you will be able to get one for $199.99
2SanDisk Extreme PRO 16 GB SDHC UHS-II
The Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-II is one of SanDisk’s kickass memory cards in today’s market. The card is specially designed by experts in the field of videography and photography. This monster card can deliver a lightning speed of up to 280MB/s READ and 250MB/s WRITE. The SD card can handle all types of weather and it has a data recovery software with a lifetime warranty. The best and most suitable choice for power users, with a $50 price tag.
3SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB UHS-I SDHC U3
Another great card from SanDisk is the Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3, and it is the king of cards in the $30 price bracket. It can deliver a performance of 95MB/s READ and 90 MB/s WRITE. The card is suitable for camcorders and digital cameras and comes with a lifetime warranty and a one-year rescuePRO subscription included in the package. The Extreme Pro with a 512GB capacity can also be found on the market.
4Samsung PRO+ UHS-I SDHC U3
The 32GB PRO+ UHS-I SDHC U3 is Samsung’s fastest SD card, with a price tag of only $25. The WRITE speed is up to 95 MB/s and its READ speed is 90 MB/s. Samsung’s PRO+ UHS-I SDHC U3 is great for high-end camcorders and digital cameras. Elements of heat, dust, water, magnetic field and X-rays are just a piece of cake to this card.
5Sony 16 GB UHS-I SDHC Memory Card
Sony will not let other tech firms outrun them and dominate the SD card market. The 16GB capacity, UHS-I SDHC, is a top-notch memory card that is able to store excellent quality 4k videos and high-resolution images. The card’s speed is 95MB/s READ and 90 MB/s WRITE. This Class 10/U3 memory card is the best SD card you can have in a $15 price range, and the package includes a one-year warranty.
6Lexar Professional UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (U3)
Lexar’s UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (U3) is one of our top picks, because of its reliability and performance. Plus, it comes with a price tag of only $18. The card’s READ speed is 90MB/s and 45MB/s for the WRITE speed. It may not be as fast as the new SanDisk model, but the card’s ability to handle a 4K video is not questionable.
7Samsung PRO UHS-I SDHC U3
The 16GB capacity Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 is a really good deal for its price and performance. The card also comes as 65GB capacity and it can deliver a READ and WRITE speed of 90MB/s and 60MB/s respectively. It will definitely fit the 4K video rendering cameras. Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 is a tough nut to crack, all-weather proof SD card, available for only $15. Plus, Samsung is generous enough to expand its warranty at 10 years.
8PNY Technologies High-Performance SDHC Class 10 UHS-1
If you are on a tight budget and you are looking for a reliable SD card, for only $8 you might want to consider the SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 memory card. With 16GB capacity, it can deliver an optimal data speed of up to 65 MB/s. Ideal for action shoots and everyday photography, the Class 10UHS-1 is “everythig-proof” and fits both novice and proffesional devices.
9Transcend 160GB SDHC Memory Card Premium Class 10 UHS-I
This $7, 16Gb memory card should not be belittled, because it can deliver a WRITE speed of 45MB/s and READ speed of 25MB/s. This card is best suited for digital cameras, Chromebooks and an affordable Windows 10 notebooks. Transcend also offers the Class 10 UHS 64GB capacity for only $20.
10Transcend 128GB SDXC Class 10
The card is capable of READ/WRITE data up to 30MB/s and you can get it for around $50. A great buy for devices compatible with SDXC and SD3.0 that need some storage expansion. Although it’s not recommended to buy one if you only have SDHC or SD compatible gizmos. The card is best partnered with DSLR cameras and is able to support 4GB files and larger.
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