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    Best memory cards: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 10/03/2013 02:00am
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    What are the best memory cards on the market? We compare six Compact Flash and SDHC cards to find out which one offers the best combination of storage, speed and value for money.

    Best memory cards: 6 top models tested and rated

    Best memory cards tested and rated

    SanDisk Ultra 30Mb/s CF

    Price: £29
    Buy it: www.sandisk.co.uk
    The SanDisk Ultra offers reasonable performance and is cheaper than some cards that are only slightly faster. The highest capacity is only 16Gb, but this is plenty for lower-resolution cameras like the D300s, where it’s a great value choice.

    Score: 3/5

    Kingston Ultimate 600x CF

    Price: £28
    Buy it: www.kingston.com
    The fastest card on test for write speed in a Nikon D800, the Kingston Ultimate 600x beats even the Lexar 1000x, although it’s a bit slower than the Lexar for downloading files to a computer via a USB 3.0 reader. It’s also outstanding value.

    Score: 5/5

    Lexar Professional 1000x CF

    Price: £71
    Buy it: www.lexar.com
    The 1000x has good write speed, both in-camera and via a card reader. For USB 3.0 read speed, it’s the fastest card here. It’s also the most expensive per Gb and, considering that many other cards write data faster, it’s not the best value.

    Score: 4/5

    Integral Ultima Pro UHS-1 95Mb/s SDHC

    Price: £29
    Buy it: www.integralmemory.com
    The 32Gb Integral card offers great performance. Bear in mind that the 95Mb/s rating is only for read speeds. The claimed maximum write speed is 45Mb/s, but overall, it’s excellent value.

    Score: 4/5

    SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 45Mb/s SDHC

    Price: £15
    Buy it: www.sandisk.co.uk
    This SanDisk has excellent write speeds both in-camera and when using a USB 3.0 card reader. However, read speed is less impressive, so it takes longer to download your photos to a computer.

    Score: 4/5

    Lexar Professional 600x UHS-1 SDHC


    Price: £24
    Buy it: www.lexar.com
    If you want the ultimate in speed from an SDHC card, look no further. It delivers the fastest
in-camera and USB 3.0 write speeds in the group, and just beats the Integral Ultima Pro.

    Score: 5/5

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    Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 2:00 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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