Through out the years the number of SD cards that have risen and fallen are just abundant. Brands come and go everyday but only some manage to hold the top positions until the next great SD card product comes in.
And, among all such cut throat competition, not seldom but most often finding the perfect SD card for your device can prove to be a really tedious job. But, no need to worry as today in the following article we have just the formula for you on not just “How to choose the Best SD Card for your DSLR” but also a list of the the “Best SD Cards for DSLRs”.
Thus, without anymore further delay let us head straight to the part where we look into some of the most important facts and points to look into before deciding whether an SD card at glance is the right one for you or not.
Top 5 SD Cards for DSLRs
As promised earlier, here is the section where we will look at and discuss as well as review some of the best SD cards for DSLR out there which will not only make your experience easy but also fun at the same time. So, without any more further delay let us start with our today’s list of the “Top 5 SD Cards for DSLRs” in 2019.
Right at the top of our list we have with us one of the most popular and widely used brands when it comes to storage devices, that is “SanDisk”. And if you have used any of its products then it is quite obvious you already have a good idea about the quality and service this brand has to offer.
Capacity: up to 1TB
Writing Speed: up to 95MB/s
Reading Speed: up to 90 to 170 MB/s
- Ideal for 4K quality video recording
- Good capacity space
- Less speedy
Similarly, as in the case of SD cards too, SanDisk have managed to gain quite a name for itself. The SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card is one of the most affordable yet powerful SD cards when it comes to performance and durability. Holding its brand name the Extreme Pro is just perfect if you have some heavy duty high definition video recording to do as well as is suitable for any kind of photography which requires some really peak performance to work in action.
Usually, this SD card comes in three variation sizes of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and finally up to 1TB. However, since we are talking about DSLRs which are ideal for both high quality photos and 4K videos if you are looking for something to go on the long run, I would recommend you to choose from either the 512GB version or the 1TB depending upon your needs.
Another very ideal choice, if you are more of a SanDisk person like me and would not opt for anything less than the SanDisk brand name, then opting for the other top favorite which is the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II, may also seem like a good idea.
As the card type is an SDXC along with UHS-II type, it is quite certain that it will be able to give you performance in case of transfer speeds better than our previous SanDisk contender, the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-I. Coming with a good writing speed of 260MB/s and reading speed of 300MB/s, the experience you have while recording high quality videos as well as shooting some really high definition pictures is just going to be smooth, easy and without any hassle.
Writing Speed: 260 MB/s
Reading Speed: 300 MB/s
- Perfect for 4K video recording
- Easy RAW files transfer
- Awesome transfer speeds
- Little costly
The only slight down-side however is the maximum capacity size available on this SD card which goes up to only 128 GB, slightly two houses lower than our previous SanDisk SD card. But, apart from that if you talk about perfromance, then I would say this Exptreme Pro SD UHS-II is far more ideal than the Extreme Pro UHS-I.
Another very awesome SDXC type SD card which is simply ideal for any professional videographer photographer is the Lexar Professional 2000X SD card. And the reason it has been able to bag the third position in our top 5 list of today is simply because the transfer speed rates it has to offer are just something you cant get over.
Coming with a Writing speed of up to 260 MB/s and Reading speed of 300 MB/s capturing some high definition videos and pictures is a piece of cake with it. And since, it is a Class 10 UHS-II type of Storage card, that gives even more reason for it to give you an experience you will not regret.
Capacity: up to 128GB
Writing Speed: up to 260 MB/s
Reading Speed: up to 300 MB/s
- Fast transfer speeds
- Good Lifetime warranty (LIMITED)
- Ideal for 4K video recording
- Quite pricey
Another UHS-II, Class 10 type of SD card whose brand name speaks it all is the Sony SF-G128/T1 SD card which comes in a maximum storage size capacity of 128 GB, quite or even completely similar to our previous SD card the Lexar Professional 2000X.
So when it comes to ranking and things like which one is better than the other, then I would say there is a draw between both the cards and there is just a slight sliver lining between both of them. And once again like the previous one, this Sony Storage card too comes a bit pricey. So unless you are into some really heavy duty shooting and know for sure that you need something with high performance, only then it would seem like a good idea to consider both the options.
Capacity: up to 128GB
Writing Speed: 299 MB/s
Reading Speed: 300 MB/s
- Durable and long lasting
- Perfect for Raw files and 4 Video recording
- Quite Pricey
Now, as long as there is not an affordable yet heavy duty option to choose from, our list is never complete. And hence, that brings to our last but one of the most popular SD cards in our list today which is the Samsung EVO Select that comes with a beautiful storage capacity size of 512GB along with an awesome performance range of writing and reading speeds of up to 60 MB/s and 100 MB/s respectively.
Capacity: up to 512GB
Writing Speed: 60MB/s
Reading Speed: 100MB/s
- Very Affordable
- Good transfer speed performance
- Sometimes issues with compatibility
And if you tally the performance features this SD card has to offer for the price it comes in, then I would say there is no need to think twice before you decide to go with it. A totally ideal option to opt for if you are a bit low on budget yet don’t want to compromise on quality, brand and performance.
How To Choose The Best SD Card For Your DSLR?
Most of you will most certainly agree with me on the part that just going to a store and merely buying an SD card for the sake of storing pictures and videos is surely not enough. Today with the growing variations in properties and features, just choosing an SD card on go is certainly not the privilege we have anymore.
And hence, just so that you are aware of the different facts and points to look for before selecting a particular SD card that suits your needs and taste, we bring to you a small on the go guide to help you point out as well as look for all the important aspects needed to choose the perfect card for yourself.
What Is The Type?
Unlike earlier times when we just had one or two types of SD cards for purchase, today we have quite a number of types comprising of various formats like XQD, CFast, Compact Flash, standard SD and so on. However, we will not go in detail at all the different formats but rather the most popular and widely used one, which are as follows:
Standard SD – These are a bit large in size and are typically found in size of 32x24x2.1 mm in dimension. They usually employ 9 pins for non UHS-II card and 8 pins for UHS-II and SD Express cards and work on an Operating voltage of 3.3 V.
MicroSD – These are much smaller in size and have a typical dimension of 15x11x1.0 mm in size. They usually operate on the same operating voltage as Standard SDs as well as have the same number of pins as the Standard SD.
Now, you may ask since both the cards work in the same way what is the main difference between both of them that one will suit your DSLR camera and the other wont. Well, that depends on the type of memory slot your camera employs.
If it has a larger memory slot, then it is quite obvious that the answer is the Standard SD card otherwise if there is a smaller slot than the answer is a microSD type. And hence, the size of your camera’s memory slot is the very first thing you must look into before you even start the process of choosing.
How Much And What Type Of Storage Capacity?
The second most important thing to look at while choosing an SD card is how much storage capacity it holds and what type of card capacity it employs. Usually if you are more inclined towards shooting high quality videos and photos, then obviously installing a small capacity SD card wont satisfy your purpose.
Hence, for that you will need at least a memory card with size ranging from 32 GB to 2 TB in size and even more if necessary. So usually if we need to categorize the size accordingly, then there are mainly 4 types. SD being the standard size which can go up to 2GB in size, the SDHC whose size ranges from 2GB to 32GB in size, the SDXC that comes under a range of 32GB to 2TB and lastly, the SDUC which can go up to a maximum size of 128TB.
What Is The Speed Class?
Finally, once you decide what size SD card you need and how much capacity it should hold, then there is the part where we will need to look at the speed of the particular SD card of choice. So, if you need a DSLR where you can smoothly and flawlessly record and shoot videos in 4k and HD quality, then surely you will need to have a high class SD card in your camera, otherwise an SD card with a low speed class will also do fine.
And when we talk about the types or classes of memory cards, then there are mainly 3 major modes and various classes under these modes. The three modes are UHS I, II and III whereas the various classes are as follows: C2, C4, C6, C10, U1, U3, V6, V10, V30, V60 and V90, where if you need to shoot high quality videos, then going with C10, V10, V30, 60 and 90 might seem to be like the best options.
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