If you have not purchased portable flash memory cards for a while, the affordability and wide selection of high-capacity, high-speed microSD memory cards may come as quite a surprise. Commonly used to increase the storage capacity of a range of electronic gadgets, microSD cards are now more popular on online stores like Amazon than all other flash memory card form factors.
If you – like many people today – take your entertainment with you on a mobile device or need to record High Definition or 4K videos, just any old microSD memory cards won’t do. We took a look at the various microSD card specifications and offer recommendations on memory cards that should be the best fit for your needs.
MicroSD Memory Cards Specifications
In July 2005, the SD Association gave its approval to the microSD spec. At that time, the cards available had a maximum capacity of 128MB of storage. However, this early limit has since been expanded with the introduction of 2 new class specifications – SDHC and SDXC, a large selection of which can be found In the Amazon memory cards section at prices that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
- microSD: With a maximum capacity of 2GB, 25 MB/s transfer rate and uses either FAT12 or FAT16 file system
- microSDHC: Storage capacity of 4GB up to 32 GB as well as transfer rates up to 150 MB/s. Typically, they run the FAT 32 file system.
- microSDXC: With storage of 32GB to 200GB, they offer the highest current transfer speeds for microSD memory cards of up to 312 MB/s. MicroSDXC cards use the exFAT file system.
Professional photographers and people who love to watch their music videos and movies on the go will inevitably look for the quickest and highest-capacity card they can get. Here, we look at three affordable SanDisk memory cards that you can buy today.
All these memory cards are Amazon Best Sellers, with 5 star ratings from thousands of satisfied users.
If you want to store your memories in full 1080p HD video at an affordable price, few microSD cards can match the value of this 32GB, Class 10 compliant memory card. Thanks to data read speeds of up to 80 MB/s it is specifically designed to meet the requirements of mid-range, compact cameras and cell phones. It allows you to save different types of files, including documents, music and movies, so you can take them wherever you go.
This card has an Ultra High Speed Class 1 rating, which gives you read speeds of up to 80 MB/s and write speed in excess of 10 MB/s. Its speed and impressive 64Gb capacity makes this microSDXC card ideal for capturing and transferring full HD videos, and its form factor means it can be used with any device compatible with the microSDXC spec. It also includes an adapter that lets you use it in a full-sized SD slot.
This is a micro sized SDEC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) memory card with 128GB of storage capacity; more than enough to store videos and photos that you capture with your smartphone or camera. It is a Ultra High Speed, Class 10 rated card and has a lifetime warranty in the USA and several other countries too. Similar to the SanDisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC, it comes with an SD slot adapter too.
When you decide to buy SD memory cards, it is vital that you get one that is the right size, capacity and speed class to fit your needs. While cost has been a major factor before, today, there are plenty of affordable, high-speed microSD cards available to choose from. Get yours from Amazon today!