Without additional memory, it is now difficult to imagine the life of a photographer, videographer or motorist. KP will tell you how to choose the best memory card for your needs
Flash memory cards have come into our lives for a long time. The SD standard, dominant in the early 20s of the 21st century, was still introduced at the end of the 20th century. And if in smartphones the departure from cards has become quite a popular phenomenon (although most consumers still do not understand why the possibility of expansion prevented vendors from living), then such flash memory is indispensable in photo, video and audio. Moreover, you often have to buy cards in almost handfuls — this one will go to the tablet, this one — to the DVR, and that one — to the action camera. In short, a small piece of plastic with contacts is indispensable in the digital economy. But the choice is often confusing — all the memory cards look the same, so which ones are the best? For ease of comparison in our rating, we will indicate versions of cards with a capacity of 32 or 64 GB. Of course, most of the presented memory cards in the top have options for 128, 256 and even 512‑2048 GB.
Top 10 rating according to KP
1. SanDisk Extreme microSDXC Class 10 UHS Class 3 V30 A2 160MB/s (average price 1500 rubles)
An advanced memory card from SanDisk, the same company that pioneered the SD standard. The 64 GB card stands out among its competitors for its price — a conventional gigabyte of memory will cost more here than many. The so-called “golden series” gives an advantage in read speed — 160 MB / s. The record here is declared at the level of 90 MB / s. By the way, this is enough for comfortable work with 4K video with an average bitrate, but it could be more. Fans of shooting video will also like the declared speed class UHS 3. The card has a lifetime warranty, but keep in mind that if the Extreme breaks down, you will most likely have to directly negotiate a replacement with the official representative office in Moscow.
Pros and cons
UHS 3 fast reading
Slightly overpriced, although the warranty is lifetime, but not very convenient
2. Western Digital WD Purple (average price 1000 rubles)
A spectacular card attracts attention with its purple color. We know more about Western Digital as a manufacturer of hard drives, but they also make flash drives. Here, a gigabyte of memory will cost even more than the previous model. The card claims UHS speed class 3 with 100MB/s read and 60MB/s write. The latter figure is not very inspiring, for example, for videographers shooting material in 4K 10-bit. But the declared speed is honest. In addition, the card is distinguished by good survivability — users almost never encounter memory failure.
Pros and cons
Excellent quality, no glitches while recording
This model, as they say, folk. A 32 GB card can be bought for 800 rubles, and if you look, it’s cheaper. The declared read speed is 95 MB / s, but the write speed is only 45 MB / s. This means that it will be difficult to write video even in FHD with a “fat” bitrate on this card. But that’s okay, the problem of TS*USD300S‑A lies elsewhere. The manufacturer in this model obviously saves on the rejection of chips, so how long a particular instance will live is a lottery. For someone, the card works every day in the car registrar for more than a five-year warranty, and someone complains about a failure after a month and a half in a smartphone. So do not rush to throw away the packaging and receipt.
Pros and cons
Inexpensive, good performance in its price range
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4. Kingston SDCR (average price 800 rubles)
Relatively inexpensive but fast memory card from renowned flash memory manufacturer Kingston. There is support for UHS‑I and VSC. The last three letters mean that the card is optimized for recording video in resolutions up to 8K at speeds up to 90 MB/s. In fact, the recording ceiling for this card, as the manufacturer honestly states, is 70 MB/s, which is also not bad. The read speed is kept at 100 MB / s. But there are nuances. for example, some users complain that the card gets very hot during recording. It is possible that frequent failures are also associated with overheating. Please note that the warranty period here is only 1 year, which is much less than that of the main competitors.
Pros and cons
Good writing speed, VSC certified
Hot, short warranty
5. Silicon Power ELITE microSDXC UHS Class 1 Class 10 (average price 700 rubles)
What are we all about the recognized giants of the memory card market? Maybe look at the second tier? For example, this 64 GB Silicon Power card sells for 600–700 rubles. Tempting? Yes, but the write speed here is only 15 MB / s. And this immediately puts an end to any attempts to write a video for her. No, in simple DVRs and with smartphone videos for Instagram, the card will cope. But it is better to use it to consume ready-made content. For example, watch a series on a tablet — reading here at a decent 85 MB / s. Surprisingly, the card is quite reliable, marriage is rare here. Well, if you are still unlucky, there is a five-year warranty.
Pros and cons
Affordable price, five-year warranty
Not suitable for video recording
6. Sony SR*UY3A (average price 1900 rubles)
Nearly 2 thousand rubles is not cheap for a 64 GB memory card. But Sonyboys are well aware that if you want Sony, you have to pay. Let’s make a reservation right away, this model is rather middle-aged and has been on the market for several years without changes. Its real write speed is hardly higher than 20 MB / s. Reading — 90 MB / s, which hints at the scope of this memory card. There are no complaints about the reliability of the card, but the year of the guarantee is alarming. For such a price, the Japanese could be more gallant with customers.
Pros and cons
There are no questions about reliability, sony
Low write speed, unreasonably high price
7. ADATA Premier ONE microSDXC UHS-II U3 Class 10 (average price 3000 rubles)
It may seem that three thousand rubles for a 64 GB memory card is a robbery. But ADATA Premier ONE is made according to the UHS-II speed standard. If your gadget is compatible with it, for example, it is a professional mirrorless camera, then the recording will reach 155 MB / s, which is very, very much. Reading in general is 275 MB / s, which is at the level of SSD drives. Therefore, when choosing such a card, you need to understand for what purposes it is needed and with which device it will work.
Pros and cons
Huge write and read speed, cheaper than direct competitors
You have to pay for record speed
8. Qumo microSDXC class 10 UHS Class 3 (average price 680 rubles)
Another budget instance in the ranking of the best memory cards. A card with a capacity of 64 GB can be bought for 680 rubles, which is interesting. The manufacturer claims that the write speed is 45, and read 95 MB / s. If the second figure still inspires confidence, then the first is embellished by 15–20%. UHS Class 3 seems to guarantee sane work with video recording in 4K, but this model has its own nuances. Some users complain about the card refusing to write new data after two to three months of operation in the DVR. Well, at least a five-year warranty will help out.
Pros and cons
Cheap, five year warranty
The recording speed is clearly too high, it may fail in the DVR
Relatively inexpensive memory card in microSD format under the famous Japanese brand Toshiba. The card is not too “agile” — the read speed is 90 MB / s, and the write barely reaches 30. Moreover, the latter does not even accelerate to this mark on all devices. It’s funny that the manufacturer claims shock resistance and moisture protection — any more or less high-quality memory card is not afraid of falling or splashing water. However, there are no complaints about this Toshiba — everything is reliable and predictable. And if something goes wrong, there is a five-year warranty.
Such memory cards can often be seen in chain supermarkets, so do not be surprised that they will ask for less than 600 rubles for 64 GB. The actual read speed of this card, and here there is UHS Class 1 support, falls a little short of 90 MB/s. Of course, the bottleneck is the write speed — only 25 MB / s. And be prepared for the random quality of the map — there are complaints about the instant death of the “patient” after a couple of months of easy work.
Pros and cons
Very cheap, you can buy almost in the nearest supermarket
Often fails suddenly
How to choose a memory card
A memory card is a mere trifle, in many ways. But the information that is stored on it can be very valuable. Or it’s a shame to find out that after shooting an interesting video, it was damaged due to a flash memory card failure. So, you need to choose the right model wisely. And how exactly, will advise Vitaly Polovinkin, salesman of gadgets in a store of a large federal network of household appliances.
The triumphant monotony
The card storage market has evolved to the fact that now the vast majority of the presented models of microSD memory cards with the declared speed class 10. Of course, there are some progress. Huawei is not the first year, but so far unsuccessfully trying to promote its NM format. Sony offers ultra-fast XQD cards in cameras, but they are very expensive and hardly used by anyone. I will say more — even if you choose, for example, a memory card for the camera, you should not buy its SD size. It’s better and cheaper to find a “mikruha” and just insert it into the adapter.
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Write and read speed
When working with a memory card, the speed with which the memory card will write or read data is the main characteristic. In ancient times, cards were divided into 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 classes. The number denoted the speed with which the card writes data. The record in general was and is the main indicator of the advancement of the map. So, now even very cheap cards outperform the 10th class, although for some reason manufacturers continue to indicate class data.
You need to focus on the abbreviation UHS (Ultra High Speed). There are UHS‑I and UHS-II. The former are supported in all modern devices, the latter have tricky contacts and are supported only by advanced photo and video cameras. Speed in UHS is indicated on the front side of the card by a number inscribed in “U”. 1 means that the card is running at a speed of 10 MB / s. 3 — at a speed of 30 MB / s. Volume Here everything is very individual. In general, now I advise taking cards from 64 GB. The cost of a gigabyte is falling year by year, even in Russia, where electronics are constantly becoming more expensive due to the ruble exchange rate. But when choosing the best memory card, you must also consider your needs. If you put it in a car DVR, then with a picture quality of 1920 x 1080, these 64 GB may not be enough for a day. If you shoot video on an action camera in 4K, then 128 GB may not be enough. But for a surveillance camera and 32 GB is enough.
Reliability and warranty Memory cards have one unpleasant feature — they can break down quite suddenly. That is, you have a card in your smartphone from the moment of purchase, you do not load it with a large number of rewriting cycles, but one day it stops working. And it’s still good if it goes into read-only mode, but it can completely cover itself. Large manufacturers do not save on quality control, so such “horror stories” are rare there. Although it also happens. An indirect indicator of the reliability of a memory card is the stated warranty. Some firms even give life, but five years is enough. I personally changed the memory card for a person whose card broke in the fourth year of operation. Most importantly, keep the receipt and packaging.