Best Selling SD Cards – Reviews

So many files to keep, yet, so much less phone storage available. This is one of the most cumbersome situations that almost every individual has to deal with. Some factors such as music, movies, games, or even memes could be held responsible for eating up all our phone storage. However, there are certain apps that offer cloud storage, but these apps require a sufficient memory space as well. The only option now left, is to choose SD cards ( Secure Digital Cards ).

If you too want to increase the available space on your device, choose from a variety of SD cards available. Considering the storage capacity, memory cards are available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and  512GB. However, on an average, most of the mobile phones supports memory expansion up to 32GB. Which eventually makes 32GB SD cards a good choice. Companies like Samsung, Strontium, Sandisk, Kingston, etc. make a good buy.

But which is the best SD card?

How must it be chosen?

What must be the pros and cons that should be looked into while buying?

Considering all of these questions and much more, here is a list of the Top 10 Best Memory Cards. We have mentioned the positive, as well as; the drawbacks of each card which may help you in determining which is suitable.

Types of SD Cards

1. PRO

These cards have a writing speed of 60MBPS to 90MBPS. PRO cards are perfectly suitable for recording Full HD 4K videos, DSLR camera photography, and other purposes which require continuous shooting or time-lapse. Such as used in sports photography, etc.

2. PLUS

These SD cards have a speed up to 45MBPS and are primarily used for purposes which are non-professional. Such as landscape photography, single-shot, and movies up to Full HD resolution.

3. STANDARD

Having a speed limited up to 30MBPS, these SD cards are used in compact cameras. These are not suitable for recording 4K UltraHD movies.

SD Cards Speed Class

“Speed Class” is used to measure speed of SD cards. Its the minimum speed in worst case scenario. Guidelines for linking speed with class is provided by SD Association.

SD cards are available in four different speed classes — 10, 6, 4, and 2. 10 is the fastest, while 2 is the slowest.

Using Class 2 you can easily do standard definition video recording, Classes 4 and 6 are good enough for high-definition video recording, and Class 10 for Full HD video recording

You can also find two Ultra High Speed (UHS) speed classes, for professional use.

Top 10 Best Memory Cards in India

Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32Gb

Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32Gb

This memory card from Lexar is one of the best in class UHS-II model. The highest speed recorded was as high as 150MBPS. Which is the best for any UHS-II card? This memory card is a blessing for professional photographers especially in sports photography where continuous shots are needed. High-resolution images, 4K UltraHD videos can easily be recorded on this card.

Features

  • Mentioned read and write speed of 150MBPS – 90MBPS.
  • Actual read and write speed: 82MBPS and 75MBPS.
  • Belongs to Class: 10 in UHS-II U3.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD recording
  • Lifetime limited warranty.

Pros

  • Recover files with Image Rescue software.
  • Backwards compatible with UHS-I devices.

Cons

  • Expensive.

 

 

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 32Gb Memory Card

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 32Gb Memory Card

This memory card is perfect for those seeking the best. There is no compromise in this card being one of the fastest. It perfectly fits the needs of people who make use of continuous shots very frequently and doesn’t want to miss on a moment. Such as hunting, safari, sports photography, etc. People who focus on recording UltraHD videos in 4K can consider this as their best companion.

Features

  • Mentioned read and write speed: 280MBPS and 250MBPS.
  • Actual read and write speed of 278.3MBPS and 247.8MBPS.
  • Belongs to Class: 10, UHS-II U3.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD recording as it is UHS-II U3 class.

Pros.

  • Can be used for taking continuous shots.
  • Is ideal for recording high-resolution 4K videos.

Cons.

  • The product is a bit overpriced.

 

 

 Transcend U3 UHS-I 32Gb

 

This can be used to record 4K videos, similar to any other card in the U3 UHS-I class. The transcend memory card is also suitable for high-speed photography, which is mostly done in sports, jungle safari, hunting, and for a series of other purposes. These are suitable for Nikon D810.

Features

  • Reported read and write speed: 95MBPS and 85MBPS
  • Actual read and write speed of 91.3MBPS and 82.8MBPS.
  • Belongs to Class: 10 UHS-I U3.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD.

Pros.

  • Can be used for a variety of professional purposes.
  • Suitable for tasks demanding quick photography.

Cons.

  • Comparatively less writing and reading speed than the preceding ones.

 

 

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 32Gb

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 32Gb

This card is suitable for situations where include continuous shots to be taken. Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 32Gb card is incredibly fast in reading with a speed of 95MB/s making file transfers to PC very fast. It also has a fast writing speed reaching up to 84.5MB/s that allows operation with any cameras and camcorders. Excellent if used with SLR cameras.

Features

  • Reported read and write speed of 95MBPS and 90MBPS.
  • Measured read and write speed of 95.02MBPS and 84.48MBPS.
  • Belongs to class: 10, UHS-I U1-U3.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD recording.
  • Lifetime limited warranty.

Pros.

  • Good reading and writing speed.
  • Ability to quick record 4K videos.

Cons.

  • It has a high price tag

 

 

Samsung SDA PRO+ 32Gb

Samsung SDA PRO+ 32Gb

The card introduces a brand new concept of using the MLC NAND-type which enhances durability and performance, whereas the other cards use TLC. It is slightly faster than the preceding one in writing but is slower in reading. However, with 75MBPS write speed, it can be utilized in recording 4K Ultra HD videos. It is also certified as UHS-I card which makes it fast enough for use in Full HD 1080p videos.

Features

  • Mentioned read and write speed: 90MBPS and 80MBPS.
  • Actual read and write speed: 87.4MB/s and 76.8MB/s
  • Belongs to Class 10 UHS-I.

Pros.

  • MLC NAND-type technology which enhances durability and performance.
  • Faster than the preceding one in writing.

Cons.

  • Slower in reading.

 

 

Kingston SDA UHS-I 32Gb

Kingston SDA UHS-I 32Gb

This is another U3 class SD card class, which enables the card to record video in 4K UltraHD. Also suitable for taking continuous shots, this card is an excellent choice for those who are in search of a good writing speed. This memory card is recommended for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs as well. The card is fast with a read speed of around 90MB/s and a whopping write speed of 80MB/s.

Features

  • Reported read and write speed of 90MBPS and 80MBPS.
  • Measured read and write speed of 88.7MBPS and 77.8MBPS.
  • Belongs to Class: 10, UHS-I U3.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD.
  • Lifetime limited warranty.

Pros.

  • Good writing speed.
  • Suitable for continuous shots.

Cons.

  • Expensive.

 

 

Lexar Professional 600x 32Gb

Lexar Professional 600x 32Gb

This SD card finds a place between the PRO cards and the PLUS ones. The read speed is by the PRO cards mentioned here, but the writing speed is where this card slows down. It is 45MB/s. Lexar has an advantage over its competitors that it has reached up to 256GB capacity, while the others still struggle around at 128GB. The brand, however, is known for its reliability.

Features

  • Expected read and write speed to be 90MBPS and 45MBPS.
  • Actual read and write speed 87.4MBPS and 45.8MBPS.
  • Class: 10, UHS-I U1.

Pros.

  • Reliable.
  • Good durability.
  • High Capacity

Cons.

  • Less writing speed.

 

 

Sandisk Extreme PLUS U3 32Gb

Sandisk Extreme PLUS U3 32Gb

This SD card is suitable for photographers who record high-resolution videos like 4K Ultra HD or FullHD 60p. This card is fast in reaching 83MBPS as its read speed and 61MBPS as writing speed. With this speed, any operation can be performed. This Sandisk Extreme card is suitable for SLR cameras, such as the Nikon D610 or Canon 6D.

Features

  • Stated read and write speed of 80MBPS and 60MBPS.
  • Measured read and write speed of 82.7MB/s and 60.8MB/s.
  • Supports 4K Ultra HD.
  • Lifetime limited warranty.

Pros.

  • Fast in writing and reading.
  • Suitable for SLR cameras.

Cons.

  • Not a PRO SD card.
  • Not meant for professional purposes.

 

 

Samsung Evo 32Gb

Samsung Evo 32Gb

This SD card is one of the best-seller memory cards of Samsung. The company released its EVO line in the year 2014, having an excellent performance in reading, that is, 45 MBPS, and with a writing speed of 20MBPS. The price dropped down as compared to the time when it was released, making it a very competitive SD card. This Memory Card can be used for DSLR cameras, for single shots, and also in camcorders, smartphones or tablets.

Features

  • Reported read and write speed: 48MBPS and 20MBPS.
  • Measured read and write speed of 44.6MB/s and 19.89MB/s.
  • Belongs to Class: 10, UHS-I U1.

Pros.

  • Bestseller.
  • Can be used in DSLR cameras.

Cons.

  • Not meant for professional purposes.

 

 

Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32Gb Class 10

Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32Gb Class 10

This is a normal working card with a great price and good performance. But if you are looking for a card to be used for professional purposes, this is not the appropriate one.

This card has “basic” performance and hence is not suitable for those who make pictures in continuous shooting. Also, it is not appropriate for shooting videos at resolutions of 2K and 4K, superior to FullHD.

However, the SD card allows taking individual photos, with entry-level SLR cameras and resolution up to FullHD.

Features

  • Reported read & write speed of 40MBPS & 20MBPS.
  • Measured read & write speed of 38.7MBPS & 16.4MBPS
  • Belongs to Class: 10, UHS-I U1.

Pros.

  • Low price.
  • Good performance.

Cons.

  • Is a standard SD card.
  • You can’t record 4K videos.
  • Is suitable only for normal purposes.

 

 

Conclusion

The best SD cards are mentioned here, and you now have a bunch as to what you should look into while purchasing memory card. Still, if confusion bothers you, here’s my opinion.

If you need to buy a card for professional purposes, it is advisable to go with Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 32Gb or with Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32Gb variant. Both these SD cards are best in class.

Further, for ordinary purposes, either go for Samsung Evo or Sandisk Ultra SDHC.

 

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