SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC 32GB UHS-I Memory Card
SanDisk is perhaps the single most respected producer of flash memory cards for both still and video cameras. Anecdotal evidence abounds regarding success stories from users who've put their SanDisk cards through the ringer and their data lived to tell the tale. However, there have been published reports crowning SanDisk cards as the least RMA'd memory card from various large retailers, so one doesn't have to rely simply on the anecdotal. Suffice it to say, SanDisk cards are extremely popular among professionals who demand reliable data storage and fast transfer speeds for critical work.
SanDisk's latest high-end Extreme card boasts the fastest transfer speeds yet by a SanDisk card. Rated at a whopping 280MB/s for reads and an equally impressive write speed of 250MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO is a real burner. In fact, it's the fastest all-around SD card on the market, a title SanDisk Extreme PRO's have often held. If your camera is UHS-II rated, like many 4K video cameras, this is the card for you. This pretty much makes it an excellent card for ANY use. Remember, the camera you use today may not be the one you use tomorrow, and your future camera might accept and push data at a much faster speed than your current gear.
Where future-proofing is so often prohibitively expensive, the modest premium Sandisk charges for the Extreme PRO might make more sense when future use is a concern and why not? This card will probably last longer than your actual picture-shooting career! Speaking of lasting a long time, the Extreme PRO is shockproof, X-ray proof, and waterproof and has a safe operating temperature range of -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you are planning a trip to the Libyan desert, this is a card you can trust to secure the vacation photos.
As a nice bonus, SanDisk includes effective data recovery software with each card. RescuePro Deluxe is a popular data recovery application that can find and recover files you might have accidentally deleted, or outright deleted on purpose and later changed your mind. So long as the needed data has not been written over, RescuePro Deluxe can probably find it and save the day.
Really, the only difficulty is determining the best memory card is trying to decide between which flavor of SanDisk Extreme PRO. The SD version of Extreme PRO was chosen as this list's best because the SD format has both surpassed the performance of CompactFlash and has surpassed it for popularity. Many cameras now only take SD cards and of the professional cameras that accept CompactFlash, many of those also take SD cards.
If you are looking for a blazingly fast, long-lasting memory card that will last and most importantly, has a proven track record for reliability, look no further than the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-II memory card.