The Patriot EP is notable because even its largest versions are among the most affordable. It’s perfect for capturing high-definition video, and can store up to 256 gigabytes of content, as well as transfer and replay it seamlessly.
- Available in multiple sizes
- Uhs-3 classification
- Not the most reliable long-term
The Lexar 667x boasts an A2 IOPS rating, which means that mobile electronics like smartphones should have little trouble accessing applications and media very quickly. It also has a video speed class of 30, which makes it ideal for recording in full HD.
- 128 and 256-gigabyte capacities
- Comes with an sd adapter
- Not the best for 4k videos
With professional-level read and write speeds, the Lexar 1000x is a good answer for the videographer in search of reliable digital storage. It includes a full-size SD adapter and a USB reader for easy transfer of files between devices and computers.
- Available as large as 256 gigabytes
- Not the best choice for smartphones
- Pricier than comparable options
SanDisk Extreme Plus
One of the best all-around choices, the SanDisk Extreme Plus strikes a good balance between large-block data access and random input-output operations. For that reason, it’s great for high-end cameras as well as cutting-edge mobile devices.
- Loads apps quickly
- Very reasonable price
- Not many capacity options
Samsung Pro Endurance
Resistant to moisture, heat, magnetism, and X-rays, the Samsung Pro Endurance is a top choice for the transfer, recording, and playback of large files. This offering provides reliability coupled with competitive read and write speeds for handling many tasks.
- Extra-long lifespan
- Comes in 3 capacities
- A 5-year limited warranty
Samsung EVO Plus
Combining powerful read/write capabilities with near-universal compatibility and a 256-gigabyte capacity, the Samsung EVO Plus lives up to its U3 rating and delivers on the challenge of recording ultra-HD video in a wide variety of the latest multimedia gadgets.
- Ideal for phone storage
- Won't be damaged by x-ray machines
- Good value for the performance
Samsung EVO Select
Coming from a longtime industry leader, the Samsung EVO Select offers a reasonably-priced solution to any mobile needs. Available in up to half a terabyte, it will let you record and play high-quality media on your smartphone without interruption.
- Ideal for hd and 4k video
- Resistant to magnets and heat
- Highly reliable
Lexar Professional 1800x
In real-world testing, the Lexar Professional 1800x blows the competition out of the water when it comes to sequential recording. It is pretty expensive, but if you’re using a top-of-the-line camera, it’s likely worth the investment.
- Over 200 m-bytes per second each way
- Uses the uhs-ii bus
- Available from 32 to 128 gigabytes
In addition to its peak write speed of 80 megabytes per second and V30 class, the Arcanite A2 handles non-sequential data fairly well, making it ideal for tasks like running apps on smartphones. It’s available in sizes of up to 512 gigabytes, and comes with an adapter.
- Suitable for underwater use
- Great for ultra hd
- Reasonably priced for the capacity
SanDisk Extreme Pro
The SanDisk Extreme Pro may be a little expensive for its size, but that’s because it has an ultra-high-speed classification of 2, which means that, unlike models with a UHS-1 rating, it employs a bus system that allows it to simultaneously send and receive data.
- Fast transfer speeds
- Suitable for harsh environments
- Can capture high-definition videos