We bring to your attention the top reliable, time-tested brands that create the highest quality, durable and advanced memory cards.
How to choose the right card
SD-drives have three forms of execution, differing in size:
SD – the largest option (32 x 24 mm);
miniSD – 20 x 21.5 mm. Currently out of production;
microSD is the most popular form factor (11 x 15 mm). Such drives are used in all kinds of gadgets – smartphones, cameras, cameras, etc.
The key characteristic that determines the speed of writing / reading data. The corresponding marking (Speed Class) is marked on the body of any memory card. Note:
- SC 2 – write speed just over 2 MB / s. Rarely used at present.
- SC 4 – write speed of 4 MB / s and higher. This is quite enough for shooting in HD format.
- SC 6 – more than 6 MB / s. The minimum class of cards that are suitable for filming Full HD video. Suitable for budget class gadgets.
- SC 10 is a common class with speeds above 10 MB/s. Used in DVRs, Android devices, DSLRs, etc.
UHS-enabled drives deserve special attention – the standard for ultra-high data processing speed. In this case, the memory card has a speed measured in tens of MB / s. All models with UHS support are classified as Speed Class 10. There are several versions of the UHS standard:
- U1 (UHS SC 1) – identical in speed to Class 10 drives, but the demand is higher.
- U3 (UHS SC 3) – often used in devices capable of creating 4K video. Speed - from 30 MB / s.
- UHS I – supported by most devices. Bus speed (max) – 104 MB / s and higher.
- UHS II – cards of this class are used on the top models of devices, since they have several additional contacts and require a non-standard connector. The bus speed in theory is 3 times higher than its predecessor – about 312 MB / s.
- UHS-III – cards with the latest bus interface, providing an incredible increase in speed – up to 624 MB / s. Suitable for 8K recording and 360-degree video shooting.
The standard response of managers at specialized points of sale will sound “the more the better”, but in reality this is not entirely true. For starters, many devices are limited in the amount of storage they support. In addition, why pay for gigabytes that will not be fully used. So, consider the most popular memory cards on the market:
- At 32 GB, it holds a little over 30 minutes of Full HD video. Relevant for portable gadgets, compact cameras, but on condition that the drive is not used for shooting above the specified resolution and RAW format.
- At 64 GB – holds about 90 minutes of Full HD video. Relevant for smartphones, any photo equipment and video recorders.
- At 128 GB – holds about 180 minutes of Full HD video. Relevant for laptops, as well as photo and video equipment. The best option for shooting in RAW.
- 256 GB and above – applicable in the professional field, as well as an intermediate drive.
If we are talking about a budget model, then you may not feel the difference between a simple and advanced memory card. But for flagships that shoot video in 4K, a low speed indicator is contraindicated. For shooting Full HD movies, we recommend choosing a class 4 or higher model. For top-end smart phones capable of shooting 4K UHD video, you need a much more “nimble” drive – an U3 class product with a speed of 30 MB / s or more is optimal.
For Camera/Action Camera
For high-quality photography, Class 6 is optimal: files will be saved in 1-1.5 seconds in RAW format. But for continuous shooting, it is better to pay attention to a higher speed class – U3 or V30. You need to choose the storage capacity based on your own needs: for amateurs, 64 GB is enough, and for professionals it is better to take 128 GB and above.
High-quality video shooting requires a high speed class. Look for V30 class cards or higher. If you take a simpler option (for example, V10), such a card is capable of Full HD video – higher-quality video will slow down and be recorded in jerks.
DVRs often shoot video of rather average quality – with a resolution not higher than Full HD, which means that Class 10 is enough. It is also worth considering that the DVR writes data for hours, day after day, saving information cyclically, regularly replacing the old file with a new one. Such a load significantly accelerates the consumption of the drive resource. Therefore, it is better to abandon the low-capacity model.
Advice. On sale you can find special cards for CCTV cameras and DVRs. They have an increased resource. Our experts recommend paying attention to such models as Kingston MLPMR2 (very fast), SmartBuy Professional microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I U3 + SD adapter (optimal for DVRs supporting cards up to 32 GB), ADATA Premier microSDHC UHS-I U1 V10 A1 Class 10 + SD adapter (inexpensive option for regular DVRs).
There is no specific standard for this type of device, since different drone options have different parameters. And yet, a number of manufacturers set specific characteristics that are relevant for their drones. For example, a DJI drone requires a card with a capacity of up to 128GB and speed class 3. The Kingston brand has a product that meets these characteristics – Canvas React microSD cards.
The best memory card manufacturers
The best memory card manufacturers
One of the few brands in its niche that constantly develops and implements innovative solutions, which allows it to remain at the forefront of the best. SanDisk, a subsidiary of the world giant WDC, often finds itself in the top independent international ratings (both foreign and domestic).
The American company became one of the first manufacturers of compact information media (it was SanDisk, together with Motorola, who developed and implemented the familiar microSD), and introduced many modern world standards in computer electronics.
The range of SanDisk memory cards is represented by a wide range, including several dozen types of products in various price segments. Today, the American brand is one of the world market monopolists in its industry. As for the most popular memory cards, SanDiskUltra microSDHC is especially popular in the Russian market, corresponding to the Class 10 speed class – inexpensive, durable, fast, as well as SanDisk Extreme microSDXC (also in the Class 10 speed class) with an adapter to SD in the kit.
Country: South Korea
Thanks to a powerful scientific and technological base, the South Korean giant has managed to achieve tremendous success in the field of electronics. Today, Samsung is a recognized global leader in its industry, one of the top ten leading brands. Samsung makes some of the fastest and most reliable cards that rarely fail before the company’s stated lifespan.
For more than 30 years, the brand has been successfully operating in Russia, selling high-quality memory cards that meet modern world standards. This is the best solution for advanced smartphones and professional cameras. But there are some nuances – a small range of models. Although for some this is a plus – you can easily and quickly choose the best product in a particular category. The microSDXC EVO Plus memory card is especially in demand in the domestic market – capacious, fast, reliable.
Kingston is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of quality storage and recording solutions that are widely demanded by consumers. An adequate pricing policy and a very wide model range with a minimum of marriage also played an important role in this. The company has dozens of modern lines for the production of memory chips, each of which is 100% tested.
The brand is the owner of many awards for technological developments in the field of data storage, and in the domestic market it is considered one of the best manufacturers of SD and microSD cards, which are excellent in operation on cameras, smartphones and video recorders. Among the top models in Russia, the inexpensive and “hard-working” Kingston SDCS2 32/64 GB card stands out brightly – a practical and high-speed model.
This rather young manufacturer cannot yet boast of an impressive “piece” of the market occupied in its niche, but it is steadily improving both in product quality and in its demand among consumers. Our experts recommend the A-Data manufacturer – this is an excellent alternative to world brands: an inexpensive, practical, high-quality product.
The company is the winner of dozens of international awards in the field of technological innovation. The choice of memory cards cannot be called huge, but all the drives presented in the catalog are distinguished by a balanced performance and a reasonable price. By the way, consumers have noticed that often with similar performance characteristics, the price of A-Data products is slightly lower than that of the top manufacturers in the world market. Among the most popular inexpensive and efficient cards, we can distinguish A-Data Premier microSDHC speed class 10.
One of the top brands, although less popular than the world’s giants, it boasts a consistently wide consumer segment – Transcend products have fans around the world. The company not only develops and manufactures its products, but also sells it on the market itself. The manufacturer guarantees the quality of the created memory cards: Transcend uses the concept of comprehensive control and gives a 5-year warranty.
A feature of the brand’s products is an emphasis on wide variability: the company’s catalog contains flash memory such as SD, microSD, MLC, Compact Flash and memory expansion cards for mac. The Taiwanese company is one of the top compact flash cards in the segment, and its microSD cards are in great demand in the domestic market.
MicroSD 300S and microSDXC 300S are in great demand. Both have a speed class of 10. If you need a super-fast, high-performance card, thermal and moisture resistant, you can’t imagine a better microSDXC 340S: it’s even suitable for recording, for example, on a GoPro10.
The Japanese corporation is known as one of the brightest representatives of the segment of high-tech products, electronics (including professional) and game consoles. Sony is also one of the largest media conglomerates: it owns two film studios, record companies and even provides financial services.
The company offers not the most diverse assortment of memory cards, but this is not necessary in this case. Sony products are one of the best in the segment of ultra-fast XQD standard drives with incredible read speeds of up to 440 MB / s. Such devices are indispensable for intensive shooting in 4K format, continuous shooting using digital SLRs – Sony products are in great demand among professionals. Special attention should be paid to cards for Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo camcorders with information protection from unauthorized access and a 10-year warranty.
A remarkable fact: the brand not only offers high-quality technological products, but also works to achieve a zero footprint in the environment during their development.
The brand began its activity with the production of optical discs, gradually expanding its range to one of the world’s largest developers of information media, accessories for computers, electrics, LED lighting, etc. The company focuses on creating a product of decent quality at an affordable price. Consumers in the reviews note the acceptable “performance” of SmartBuy memory cards at a low cost.
SmartBuy sells a wide range of models, including classic micro SD options, as well as many SDHC models, and roomy high-speed SDXC. For those who are interested in the high speed and quality of shooting in 4K format, we recommend that you pay attention to the models of the SmartBuy Class 10 U3 High Speed series. But most of the products of the SmartBuy brand are intended rather for inexpensive smartphones, simple cameras and DVRs.
Another Taiwanese brand in our ranking, which is not inferior to other representatives of the industry in terms of perseverance in its work. SP is rapidly gaining momentum in the media market. Silicon Power sells an impressive range of memory cards. These are standard microSD and more advanced models (including for filming 4K Ultra HD format), for example, the “hardy” Superior microSDXC with a capacity of up to 1 TB, class 10 with read and write speeds of 100 and 80 MB / s, respectively – suitable for operation in extreme conditions.
The brand also offers consumers full-fledged compact SATA solid-state drives – the assortment includes CFast memory cards. The brand also offers budget options for mid-speed cards. One of the top models of this type on the Russian market is Silicon Power ELITE microSDXC. The company gives up to 5 years warranty for its products.