Best Memory Cards 2022

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
Best Memory Cards 2022
The best mem­o­ry cards. Pho­to: pixabay.com

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.

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1. SanDisk Extreme microSDXC Class 10 UHS Class 3 V30 A2 160MB/s (average price 1500 rubles)

San­Disk Extreme microS­DXC Class 10 UHS Class 3 V30 A2 160MB/s. Pho­to: San­Disk

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)

West­ern Dig­i­tal W.D. Pur­ple. Pho­to: West­ern Dig­i­tal

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
Write speed could be faster

3. Transcend TS*USD300S‑A (average price 800 rubles)

Tran­scend TS*USD300S‑A. Pho­to: Tran­scend

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
Unsta­ble qual­i­ty

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4. Kingston SDCR (average price 800 rubles)

Kingston SDCR. Pho­to: Kingston

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)

Sil­i­con Pow­er ELITE microS­DXC UHS Class 1 Class 10. Pho­to: Sil­i­con Pow­er

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)

Sony SR*UY3A. Pho­to: Sony

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)

ADATA Pre­mier ONE microS­DXC UHS-II U3 ​​Class 10. Pho­to: ADATA

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)

Qumo microS­DXC class 10 UHS Class 3. Pho­to: Qumo

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

9. Toshiba THN-M203K0320EA(TU (average price 450 rubles)

Toshi­ba THN-M203K0320EA. Pho­to: Toshi­ba

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.

Pros and cons

Famous brand, work­man­ship
Write speed is unsta­ble

10. SmartBuy microSDXC Class 10 UHS‑I U1 (average price 570 rubles)

Smart­Buy microS­DXC Class 10 UHS‑I U1. Pho­to: Smart­Buy

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.

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