When taking SD cards into consideration, whether it be for your camera, or video camera such as a dashboard camera, you need to take a few things into consideration. The first, is at what speed does the SD card transfer, read, and shoot at? Transfer speeds vary quite a bit, and are important because the less time you have to wait to get access to your favorite moments in life, the better. Shooting speeds on an SD card will allow you to capture every moment. Think about it, if your SD card is only capable of shooting at 40 MB/s, you are going to potentially miss the best shots. Traditionally, 80MB/s is the industry standard, and what you should aim for. Capacity is next on the list. Obviously you want your SD card to be able to capture as many photos, or hours of video as possible. But, at what cost? The cost of SD cards usually originate through the amount of storage it can hold. We have compiled a list of the best SD cards for consumers in terms of speed, and storage.
|SD Card Name||Storage Space||Read Speed||4k Capable?||Pricing And Availability|
|SanDisk 64GB Ultra||64GB||80 MB/s||No|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SD Card||32GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|Toshiba 16GB FlashAir 4th Gen Wi-Fi SD Card||16GB||90 MB/s||Yes|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SD Card||128GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|PNY Elite Performance 64GB SD Card||64GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|Lexar Professional 633x 64GB SD Card||64GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|PNY Elite Performance 32GB High Speed SD Card||32GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|Samsung EVO+ 128GB SD Card||128GB||80 MB/s||No|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB 4K SD Card||512GB||95 MB/s||Yes|
|Transcend 2GB Budget SD Card||2GB||Unspecified||No|
We’d be lying if we said that SanDisk didn’t run the market with SD Cards. Realistically, you cannot go wrong with purchasing a SanDisk SD Card. We do, however, highly recommend the SanDisk 64GB Ultra as your beginner SD card. This is the all-around best SD card on the market. It is twice as fast as ordinary SDHC cards, allowing you to easily, and quickly take, as well as transfer files quickly (at 80MB/s). The SanDisk 64GB Ultra comes with the ability to record full 1080p hd video. This SD card, on top if it’s remarkable speed, is also waterproof, temperature-proof, x-ray proof, magnet-proof, and shockproof. Think of all of the different places you can record using this SD card. It comes with an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty. Can you really beat it?
The SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB falls short in comparison to it’s brother, the SanDisk 64GB Ultra in one field, it’s capacity. While it is faster at reading files, and shooting at 95MB/s, and 90MB/s, respectively, it is only a slightly cheaper for 32GB less of data. Keep in mind though, the 64GB SD card is just a bit too much data in certain situations. The SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB comes with the capability of recording at 4K UHD video, which bests that of it’s brother. If you’re looking for a bit more space, on the same SD card, it is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. But, expect to pay pretty penny when upgrading your SD card in terms of GB. That is where the price points usually differ greatly with SD cards.
The Toshiba 16GB FlashAir SD card is something special. It is actually a Wi-Fi SD card. Neat, huh? It is capable of transferring photos, and video files directly to your mobile device through a Wi-Fi connection. You would think that the transfer speed of this SD card, being Wi-Fi, would be slow, but it still maintains the Class-10 speed rating. Impressive, yes; we agree. For being a Wi-Fi SD card, it has quite the impressive capacity. If you’re wondering if it is only capable of transferring to mobile, don’t. The Toshiba 32GB FlashAir III Wi-Fi SD card is also capable of being accessed by a PC and a tablet. We highly recommend this SD card if you’re looking for a wireless version.
With the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SD card you get incredible transfer speeds, and pristine video capturing ability at 4k UHD video, and a video speed class of 30. I have this SD card personally, because I tend to record a lot of video and the 128GB capacity on it is perfect for me. I found that when I bought the SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SD card, I ran out of space fairly quickly. If you’re like me, and you enjoy taking pictures, and recording some good video content, then you are going to want to go the route of the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SD card. Keep in mind, the SanDisk Extreme Pro is also available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Pick your poison, and begin a new chapter in SD card performance.
The PNY Elite Performance 64GB SD card is a fantastic choice if you’re someone that likes to go against the crowd, and not buy a SanDisk SD Card. Some people swear by the PNY Elite Performance for exactly that, it’s performance. Recording at a spectacular 4K Ultra HD Video, and reading at 95MB/sec, you’re going to have the shortest wait time of any SD card with the best picture quality. Less wait time, means more recording time. This SD card is capable of coming in 32GB,128GB, 256GB, and 512GB on top of the 64GB. I must warn you, though. The 512 GB SD card is a huge chunk of change. The PNY Elite Performance is compatible with SDHC, and SDXC devices, and is durable. Magnet proof, shock proof, temperature proof, and waterproof, what more do you want out of an SD card? Step up your game with the PNY Elite Performance.
The Lexar Professional 633x 64GB SD card thrives in a few different capacities. It is capable of reading at 633x, which is the equivalent to 95MB/s. The high-speed transfer rates from the SD card to the computer allow for more efficient working capabilities. On top of that, it thrives in capturing high-quality picture through an extended length of recording. The Lexar Professional offers 1080p, 3D, and 4K ultra HD video recording with a DSLR camera, HD camcorder, or a 3D camera. The 3D feature especially stood out to us, as not many SD cards are capable of recording this type of video. The The Lexar Professional is also available in 16GB, 32GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. You cannot go wrong with this durable SD card.
The PNY Elite Performance 32GB SD card is a killer. Likely the most powerful SD card on the market for it’s price. It is capable of reading at 95MB/s. It’s important when taking ultra fast action shots. No one wants to miss a moment, or a shot. Why would you hinder yourself with a sub-par SD card? Ideally, you will want to use the PNY Elite Performance in DSLR cameras, and HD camcorders. This SD card will record for you at an admirable 4K HD with a camcorder, or DSLR camera. The PNY Elite performance has a Class 10 speed, and is UHS-I rated. If your SD card can’t keep up , you can’t keep up. Make sure you’re not missing any moments moving forward with the PNY Elite Performance 32GB SD card.
Being already known for their ability to make hard drives, Samsung will not fail you with the Samsung EVO+ 128 GB SD card. This SD card is temperature proof, shock proof, x-ray proof, and magnet proof making sure that your precious data will be protected in the worst conditions. It is cheaper than it’s PNY, and Lexar counterparts for a few reasons. It’s ability to read/write the data is significantly slower at 80MB/s, and 20MB/s respectively. A lot of people have plenty of time, would rather save the $10, so the slower work efficiency on the SD card isn’t too important. The Samsung EVO+ will record at fully hd videos through your smartphone, tablet, and camera. It is capable of saving 10,940 photos, and up to 16 hours, 20 minutes of Full HD video. Keep in mind, you are able to transfer these photos to your computer, delete them on your SD card and then continue snapping your favorite life moments. We highly recommend the Samsung EVO+ 128 GB SD card for it’s reliability, and durability.
With a whopping price tag of around $300+, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SD card is going to make sure you have the capacity to capture your entire life, probably? With SanDisk SD cards being the leader in the industry, you can expect this SD card to be reliable. Capable at shooting at speeds up to 90MB/s, and transferring up to 95MB/s, you’re surely not going to miss a shot. With the 4K Ultra High Definition recording ability, and a UHS Speed Class 3, we highly recommend this for professional photographers. It is temperature, water, x-ray, magnet, and shock proof. Don’t worry about your SD card being cheap ever again with the SanDisk Extreme 512GB SD card.
Generally speaking, if you’re purchasing this card, you know exactly what you’re going for. The Transcend 2GB SD card is good at what it does, but it can only do so much of what it does given the capacity. I have often found myself buying one of these for quick projects. Instead of removing the content from the SD card, you will generally leave it there, and organize them accordingly. Do you have a budget camera? This is the budget SD card to buy. There’s no reason to spend a lot of mulah when your camera isn’t capable of recording, and shooting fully HD video, and picture. If you know you aren’t going to be shooting often, the Transcend 2GB SD card is the perfect option for your small projects needs.