Lexar Silver Pro SDXC UHS-II memory card review

Here's proof that high-speed UHS-II SDXC cards from a reputable brand don't have to cost a fortune

Lexar Silver Pro SD card in hand
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Lexar Silver Pro SDXC cards are designed to offer rapid UHS-II transfer speeds at an affordable price. We came away very impressed by the performance of our sample card, and are happy to recommend the Silver Pro series if you're after an SD card that offers excellent value for money.


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    Rapid transfer speeds

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    Well priced

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    Suitable for 4K video


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    We couldn't quite achieve 280MB/s

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    Lower capacities are slower

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The SD card market is flooded with a multitude of capacity, speed, brand, and even bus speed options, so picking the right card for you can easily get confusing. You can split the market into two main sectors though – UHS-I SD cards are the older, slower variety, while UHS-II SD cards are roughly twice as fast, providing your camera can utilize that extra speed. If not, the card will still work, but at the slower USH-I rate.

Lexar's latest Silver Pro SD cards are in the UHS-II camp, with an advertised maximum read rate of 280MB/s and a peak write speed of 160MB/s. By comparison, Lexar's flagship 2000x Gold SDXC cards max out at 300MB/s read and 260MB/s write. However, the Silver Pro series isn't designed to break speed records - its aim is to offer quick UHS-II transfer speeds but at an affordable price.

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Real-world transfer speed test
Header Cell - Column 0 ReadWrite
Large single file254MB/s164MB/s
Multiple small files198MB/s140MB/s

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.