The 5 Best SD Cards to Buy in 2017
You need to pay a lot of attention to the specs when buying the right SD card for your phone, camera or video camera. Among the most important specs include capacity and transfer speeds. Capacity is apparently the most important since you will want to know how many images or videos can fit on a card. However, you also need to pay attention to the write speed. Slow speeds will slow down the number of images you capture in a given moment. This can at times prove to be tricky depending on what type of work you are doing. Here below, is a compiled a list of the best SC cards based on type and use.
- SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSDXC
The SanDisk Extreme PLUS is designed and tested for harsh conditions. Be it you are taking a shot at the top of the mountain or at the bottom of the lake, you can rely on the SanDisk Extreme Plus. It is waterproof, heatproof and freeze proof. It is relatively expensive but it also has some advantages to it. It has a write speed of 90MB/S and a read speed of up to 95MB/S. The SanDisk Extreme Plus is Class 3 designated meaning it can handle 4K Ultra HD video recording with ease and it also comes with a download offer of the RescuePRO data recovery software, which lets you recover files that have been accidentally deleted. The SanDisk Extreme PLUS is available in 16GB, 32 GB, and 64GB formats.
2. Polaroid 64GB
This plug-and-shoot high performance SD card is just the thing for photographers of all ranks, balancing speed with value and flexibility for a solid all-around memory result. It has class 10 and UHS-1/U3 compatibility, meaning it can handle 4k photos and videos, in addition to all other traditional file types. It hits 95Mb/s read speed and 90MB/s write speed, letting you transfer large files at quick speeds. It also supports burst mode for continuous shooting, and is shockproof and waterproof to survive adventurous outings.
- SanDisk Ultra Class 10 SDHC
If you’re looking for an SD card that is relatively cheaper and don’t mind the slower write speeds then you’re perfectly safe going with a budget SD card. The SanDisk Ultra is the card. It is available in 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB, and offers a moderate write of about 10 MB per second, meaning it could resist keeping up with burst shooting in RAW format. Read/transfer speeds are significantly faster at 80 MB/s. either way, it is a solid alternative for casual photographers who do not fire off 10 wide format shots a second. It’s waterproof, heatproof, freeze proof, X-ray proof, magnet proof and shockproof, and it’s got a 10-year warranty.
4. Samsung PRO Class 10 Micro SDHC
Samsung’s line of SDHC and SDXC cards are relatively cheaper than the SanDisk Extreme PLUS, other than that they offer the potential for read and write speeds that are every bit as aggressive. The 32 GB and 64 GB SDXC formats both offer read speeds of 90 MB/s and write speeds of up to 80MB/s, while the 16 GB SDHC offers a transfer speed of 90MB/s and a lower write speed of 50MB/s, which is still adequate for most photographers. And you can’t beat that price. These cards are ideal for action cams, smartphones and tablets, and feature all the weather proofing specs a photographer should expect from an SD card.
5. Transcend Class 10 SDXC
The Transcend Class 10 line of SDHC and SDXC cards offer some driven specs at a lower price point. Both the 32GB and 64GB offer read and write speeds of 285 MB/s and 180 MB/s, correspondingly, and both contain built-in ECC technology that helps detect and correct for writing and transfer errors. Buyers are also offered a free download of RecoveRx data recovery software. This is an ideal option for professional photographers and video producers who prefer to shoot in RAW or ultra-high quality 4K video modes.