9. SanDisk Extreme PRO 64 GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
As hardy as it is speedy, with protection against the elements joining fast transfer speeds
Read speed: Up to 95 MB/s | Write speed: Up to 90 MB/s | Video speed: C10, U3, V30
There’s nothing more frustrating than slow memory cards that leave you hanging or missing shots, but there's little chance of this happening with the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC. Fast read and write speeds for dealing with images, together with UHS Class 3 and V30 for video recording, make it a winner. Better still, the card is water and shockproof and comes with a lifetime warranty.
10. PNY Performance Class 10 SDHC 32 GB
Good value card for everyday stills photography
Read speed: Up to 80 MB/s | Write speed: Up to 40 MB/s | Video speed: C10, U3
Memory cards can get VERY expensive, very quickly, so you need to make sure you’re not buying performance you don’t need. So if you’re primarily a stills photographer, 32GB capacity is probably fine, even if you shoot raw files, and you’ll only need a bigger or faster card if you start getting serious about video – or you shoot very high volumes of sports shots in burst mode.
11. Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II 128GB
It’s pricey, but this Lexar SD card is big and very, very fast
Read speed: Up to 300 MB/s | Write speed: Up to 260 MB/s | Video speed: U3, V90
These cards are expensive, but what you’re buying is not just sheer storage capacity but high-speed data storage and the ability to capture high-resolution video. This is a UHS-II card, so it has an extra row of contacts on the back to boost the transfer speeds (make sure your camera has a UHS-II compatible card slot, though).
12. Deyard K020 Memory Card Case
This water-resistant, shockproof case will leave you with change from a tenner
Capacity: 12 SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and 12 MicroSD cards
There’s no point shooting great images if you aren’t going to protect your memory cards. The bargain Deyard K020 memory card case protects up to 12 SD-type cards from water, dust and shock, and has a silicone inner design to securely hold everything inside. Very cleverly, each space even has an additional chamber for Micro SD cards.
13. Western Digital My Passport 4TB
One of the most popular external hard drives around – and for good reason
Capacities: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB | Interface: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible | Password protection: Yes | Warranty: 3 years
Western Digital's My Passport line has evolved over the years. The Western Digital My Passport 4TB is the latest iteration and boasts a USB 3.0 port for speedy data transfer, together with password protection and a design like no other. Right now you can grab the 4TB option for a great price, but 2TB and 1TB alternatives also exist.
14. Transcend 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Military-grade shockproofing makes this perfect for securing images on the move
Capacities: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities
The Transcend 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive came out on top in the Storage Solutions category of the recent Digital Camera Awards. We loved the fact that it was small for a rugged drive, yet without any compromise on data transfer speeds. Perfect for those on the move – as well as those with curious youngsters.
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