The Best SD Cards

The Best SD Cards

Our pick

SanDisk Extreme Pro (64 GB)

SanDisk Extreme Pro (64 GB)

Best SD card for most digital cameras

The SanDisk Extreme Pro is the fastest UHS-I card we tested and is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. It has a good price per gigabyte, too.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Previous generations of the SanDisk Extreme Pro have come out on top in our past testing, and the most recent version of this model is no different. This SD card’s quick read speeds minimize the time it takes to transfer photos and videos from the card to a computer, and the Extreme Pro’s equally fast write speeds ensure that images are captured quickly (especially when you’re shooting in burst mode). SanDisk, a subsidiary of Western Digital, remains a particularly reliable source in the narrowing field of external storage manufacturing and guarantees the Extreme Pro with a limited lifetime warranty. You should keep an eye out for counterfeit SD cards, which are still found at some retailers.

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Runner-up

SanDisk Extreme (64 GB)

SanDisk Extreme (64 GB)

The next-best option

The latest generation of the SanDisk Extreme has a slower write speed than our top pick, which translates to slightly slower in-camera performance, but it’s still plenty fast enough for you to shoot 4K video, and it has the same warranty.

Buying Options

$16 from Amazon

If the SanDisk Extreme Pro is out of stock, we recommend the SanDisk Extreme. Past versions of the Extreme couldn’t match the Extreme Pro’s performance, but in this year’s round of testing the most recent version had read speeds comparable to those of our pick, and its write speeds were slower than the Extreme Pro’s but still competitive with those of pricier cards from other brands. When you’re shopping, make sure you’re buying the newest generation of the SanDisk Extreme with a 150 MB/s rating, rather than the previous generation, which is rated at 90 MB/s. This card comes with the same SanDisk lifetime limited warranty, and you can typically find it for a few dollars less than the Extreme Pro.

Upgrade pick

Lexar Professional 2000x (64 GB)

Lexar Professional 2000x (64 GB)

The best UHS-II option

If you have a UHS-II–compatible camera and want faster read and write speeds (which increase in-camera performance and upload speeds), this Lexar card balances value and reliability with the advanced performance you might expect of a UHS-II card.

Buying Options

$81* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $75.

If you have needs verging on those of a professional photographer, if you use your camera to record a lot of 4K footage, or if you rely on burst mode and end up with full SD cards at the end of a full day of shooting, upgrading to a UHS-II SD card might be worth the investment. The Lexar Professional 2000x delivers blazingly fast read and write speeds and is covered by a lifetime warranty, yet it costs less than many other UHS-II cards.

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Our pick

SanDisk Extreme Pro (64 GB)

SanDisk Extreme Pro (64 GB)

Best SD card for most digital cameras

The SanDisk Extreme Pro is the fastest UHS-I card we tested and is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. It has a good price per gigabyte, too.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Runner-up

SanDisk Extreme (64 GB)

SanDisk Extreme (64 GB)

The next-best option

The latest generation of the SanDisk Extreme has a slower write speed than our top pick, which translates to slightly slower in-camera performance, but it’s still plenty fast enough for you to shoot 4K video, and it has the same warranty.

Buying Options

$16 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Lexar Professional 2000x (64 GB)

Lexar Professional 2000x (64 GB)

The best UHS-II option

If you have a UHS-II–compatible camera and want faster read and write speeds (which increase in-camera performance and upload speeds), this Lexar card balances value and reliability with the advanced performance you might expect of a UHS-II card.

Buying Options

$81* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $75.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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