Micro SD Cards are a well-known electronic gadget for everyone. These are the compact storage devices used in smartphones, cameras, and so on. You will get SD cards with different capacities, among which 16GB to 64GB variants is mostly used.
In today’s topic, I will tell you about the best SD card out there in the market. After a small research, I have prepared a list of the top 10 Micro SD cards available in India. Stick till the end to know.
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Best SD card Types in the Market
Among so many types of SD cards, you don’t need to confuse about what type you will use. Camera manufacturers already divided SD cards for your use. So, you can’t use a CFexpress card with a micro SD card in the camera. However, it’s worth knowing the benefits and drawbacks of each memory card out there.
SD (Secure Digital)
While thinking about memory cards, SD cards will immediately strike your mind. But, these cards are no longer manufactured as the technology has moved onto SDXC and SDHC cards.
You can also use old SD cards in newer cameras having the SD card format. But, the performance and capabilities wouldn’t be the same as the new generation memory cards.
SDHC is an upgraded version of the standard SD card that offers memory capabilities between 4GB and 32GB. This is great for an entry-level user to use it daily without needing a large storage capacity.
SDXC cards are found in capacities of 64GB and more. These cards are designed for cameras with large sensors, different megapixels, 4K video shoots, and other data-intensive applications for photographers and videographers. However, must check the read and write speeds to be sure about the performance you need.
Micro-SDHC and Micro-SDXC
Micro-SDHC and Micro-SDXC cards are siblings to the larger ones and deliver similar performance as well. These are one-third of the size used in smartphones and the best action cameras.
CompactFlash is used in higher-end DSLRs for the preferred format. This is a new memory card format that improved the performance of SDHC and SDXC cards. However, CompactFlash is growing rarely.
Although CFast cards look like CompactFlash cards in terms of size and shape, these aren’t compatible with old DSLRs. These new-generation high-speed memory cards are found in professional cameras for still photography and videography.
I am sure that you don’t hear of XQD cards. Because these cards are a little more niche and only compatible with selected Sony camcorders and Nikon DSLRs. It’s pretty much superseded by CFexpress and offers great performance for high-speed shooting and video recording.
CFexpress cards, an evolution of the XQD cards, are one of the best memory cards. But, these cards are used in a limited number of high-end cameras like Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. There are two types of CFexpress cards among which cameras compatible with CFexpress cards used Type-B cards. Whereas CFexpress Type-A cards are smaller and slower.
List of the Best SD Card
Among so many options, it’s tough to choose the best SD card. After a short research, I have prepared a list of the top 10 SD cards. Let’s move straight to the list without taking any time.
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I
SanDisk is a well-known SD card manufacturer. A team of manufacturers came together to make a good, reliable, and standard SD card at a decent price. In terms of speed test, they claimed Extreme Pro UHS-I will deliver a dip performance with the write and read speed of 63.6MB/s and 65.9MB/s respectively.
Even the user can use it to shoot stills and 4K videos making it worth paying the money. Moreover, the card comes with a lifetime warranty (up to 30 years) for any risen fault direct from SanDisk. Overall, it’s not bad. But, we probably won’t need SD cards in the far future.
✅ Fast data speeds
✅ Good for professionals
✅ Great rapid-fire performance
✅ Also, good for stutter-free video
❌ Fairly pricey
❌ Doesn’t match claimed speeds
According to the capacity, the price varies. The cost of 64GB is RS. 1,299/-, 128GB is RS. 2,850/-, and 256GB is RS. 4,550/- (Subject to change)
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II V90
The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II, one of the biggest names in the SD card industry, is limited to 128GB in card capacity. It’s an ideal SD card for continuous burst shooting with high-resolution stills in JPGE and format, 4K, and even 8K video capturing. According to the speed test results, it’s 30MB/s slower than the claimed speeds. Whereas the actual read and write speed is 268MB/s and 233MB/s respectively.
However, the transfer speed of both the fast V90 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) make these SD cards ideal for users for capturing fast-paced action photos, sports stills photography, and high-resolution videos. The card is waterproof, Shockproof, temperature proof, and X-ray proof.
✅ Fast, consistent write speed
✅ Perfect for 4K and 8K video
❌ Limited capacity range
❌ Not the cheapest
The price of 128GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-II V90 is RS. 17,009/- (Subject to change)
SanDisk Extreme SD UHS-I V3
If you are searching for an inexpensive SD card that doesn’t lag too far, Extreme SD UHS-I V3 will be a brilliant option. Starting from 16GB of capacity, it claims to deliver write speed up to 71.6MB/s. It offers an extremely low cost with such a high capacity of up to 256GB.
All SanDisk cards come with a lifetime warranty, including shock-resistant water resistance, temperature resistant, and X-ray resistant. Even UHS speed class 3 and video speed class 3 make it ideal for shooting high-resolution photos and 4K UHD videos.
✅ Good write speeds
✅ Priced competitively
❌ Read speeds a little slow
❌ Not as fast as UHS-II
The price of 128GB Extreme SD UHS-I V3 is RS. 1,949/- (Subject to change)
Transcend SDXC UHS-II U3
Among the Class 10, V90, U3, and UHS-II Transcend SDXC UHS-II U3 are the best and fast enough to capture anything. The Transcend has claimed to deliver write speed up to 224MB/s but falls slightly short 180MB/s on the read speed.
This SD card is ideal for high resolution, rapid-fire stills photography and recording 8K, 4K, and HD videos comfortably. Moreover, it’s waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, temperature resistant, and static proof. However, at a reasonable price, you can use it in almost any condition.
✅ Incredible transfer speeds
✅ Very durable
❌ Average pricing
❌ Not completely indestructible
The cost of Transcend SDXC UHS-II U3 is USD 76.99. (Subject to change)
PNY Elite Performance SDXC
At a low price PNY, Elite Performance SDXC cards are a surprisingly well-protected magnet, shock, temperature, and water. This makes it a rugged SD card for the users to use in any conditions.
Although the Elite Performance is slightly slower than UHS-I – it’s the bigger brother of it. With an advertised of 100MB/s of write speed, it fell short of that and offers 65.7MB/s. Also, the read speed is much slower 20.8MB/s. But, as a durable SD card for shooting still images and a few HD videos, PNY Elite Performance will be a good option at a reasonable price.
✅ Magnet-proof and waterproof
✅ Very cheap and easily available up to 128GB.
❌ Slow-ish write speed on the test
❌ Not ideal for heavy users
The cost of 128GB PNY Elite Performance SDXC is RS. 3,386/- (Subject to change)
Lexar Professional 633x UHS-I
Lexar is well-known for its memory card line-up and was the world’s first manufacturer to build a 1TB SD card in 2019. The 633X UHS-I also performs well under scrutiny. As the price goes higher with the higher capacity cards, 633x makes suitable small capacity cards for a wide range of professional use.
However, with a slow write speed compared to other UHS-I cards, it’s value for money and also able to shoot 4K videos. The write speed is close to V30 classification, i.e. 33MB/s, and the read speed is 82MB/s that’s good enough. If write speeds are important to your work, then you might face difficulty.
✅ Capacities up to 1TB
✅ Durable design for longevity
❌ Bigger capacities are quite expensive
❌ Not the fastest in its class
According to the capacity, the price varies. The costs of 32GB is RS. 749/-, 64GB is RS. 1,650/-, 128GB is RS. 2,090/-, and 256GB is RS. 6,447/- (Subject to change)
Lexar Professional Class 10 UHS-II 2000X
With the UHS-II technology, the 2000X SD card delivers fast read and write speeds at a slightly expensive price. As the ‘Lexar’ name is known for the consistency and reliability of the SD card in terms of performance. I found that the read and write speeds are significantly better than other SD cards.
It claims to deliver write speed up to 241MB/s and read speed up to 253MB/s which makes it ideal for larger data transfer, 4K and 8K video recording, and more. That’s why it would help sports and wildlife photographers, and shoot rapid bursts of high-resolution photographs. Moreover, it’s one of the fastest SD cards of V90 classification.
✅ Fast transfer speeds
✅ Lifetime warranty
❌ Slightly pricier than competitors
❌ Only up to 128GB capacity
The cost of 64GB Lexar Professional Class 10 UHS-II 2000X is RS. 6,699/- (Subject to change)
Lexar Professional 1667x SDXC UHS-II
The 1667X SDXC UHS-II comes with the smallest capacity of 64GB SD card which might be problematic for some users who need less capacity SD cards like 32GB. However, a UHS-II classification indicates the capability of handling 4K video recording and some hefty files, without having a 32GB version.
It claims to provide read speeds up to 254MB/s, and write speeds drop by 20% to 101MB/s. So, the 1667X does well while transferring. Moreover, consistent fast speeds and a limited lifetime warranty make the 1667X a good option for creatives to shoot at a higher resolution.
✅ Consistently fast read speeds
✅ Up to 256GB card versions
❌ 4K video is the limit for the film
❌ 64GB minimum capacity
The cost of 64GB Lexar Professional 1667x SDXC UHS-II is RS. 2,875/- (Subject to change)
Samsung EVO Plus micro-SD-XC
Samsung EVO Plus is a class 10 SD card, available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities of Micro- SDXC and Micro-SDHC format. You will get an SD adapter in the box that allows you to use standard SD card cameras also.
The smallest capacity of 32GB offers read speeds of 100MB/s, and a write speed of 30MB/s which should be more. Comes with a 10-year limited warranty, the SD cards are waterproof, magnetic proof, temperature proof, and X-ray proof.
✅ Generous read speeds
✅ Proofed against accidental damage
❌ Tiny and fiddly without an adapter
❌ More easily lost than larger SD cards
According to the capacity, the price varies. The costs of 32GB is RS. 429/-, 64GB is RS. 905/-, 128GB is RS. 1,099/-, and 256GB is RS. 2,399/- (Subject to change)
Sony SF-G Series TOUGH UHS-II
The Sony SF-G Series Tough UHS-II claims to have some extra ruggedness at a premium price. It is dirt-proof, dust-proof, waterproof, and grime-proof. A unique resin-moulded design makes it 18 times stronger compared to standard SD cards. It also provides a noticeable protective protrusion at the back.
It delivers the write and read speeds up to 246MB/s and 251MB/s respectively that’s very impressive. In terms of price, this SD card is a little more expensive, but professionally its design, and ability to withstand any situation make it a good option to choose. Also, it is known to be the World’s toughest and fastest SD card.
✅ Durable, tough design
✅ Dust and waterproof
❌ Maximum 128GB capacity
❌ Pricier than other cards
The price of 64GB Sony SF-G Series TOUGH UHS-II is RS. 12,950/-, and 128GB costs Rs. 26,670/- (Subject to change)
This is all about the best SD card. I hope you will gain some knowledge about different types of SD cards and makes your choice to buy the right one as per your requirement. Please share this content to help others as well.
Don’t forget to comment and share your experience after using any one of the given cards. Also, you are using any SD card, if that belongs to our list, comment and let me know.
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