With today’s smartphones, DSLRs and action cameras capable of capturing 4K videos, you need high performing microSD memory cards with high write speed to match.
Not all flash memory cards are created equal.
Most manufacturers advertise the read speed, typically around 45 to 150 MB/s. This is great but when capturing video, you need the write speed to be high and cards with high read speed come does not necessarily come with high write speed. Some have with very slow write speeds of between 10-20MB/s.
Typical write rate for microSD flash memory cards that support 4K Ultra HD video capture is between 60MB/s to 90MB/s or higher.
The only way to tell them apart is from the UHS Speed Class Rating. More common speed rating of U1 is given to cards capable of recording Full HD videos at 1080p or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
MicroSD cards capable of capturing 4K videos or Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution compatible with today’s high end smartphones and premium action cameras have UHS Speed Class 3 rating.
These cards are 4K Ultra HD ready and will capture 4K Ultra HD resolution videos on your device with no drop frame and not just watch them.
Make sure you choose the right microSD card for your next 4K Ultra HD Home Video ‘Blockbuster’.
What’s more, 4K videos take up a huge amount of storage and to be sure you do not run out of space in the middle of capturing all those special moments, you will need 128GB of bigger microSD cards.
Top 5 Best 4K Ultra HD Ready 128GB microSD Cards
Here are five of the best high performing microSD capable of Ultra HD video capture. Recording 4K videos and capturing high resolution photos will be a breeze with one of these.
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB UHS-I/U3 SDXC Flash Memory Card up to 275MB/s – FASTEST
- Samsung Pro Plus 128GB MicroSDXC Memory Card up to 95MB/s
- SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card up to 90MB/s
- PNY Elite-X 128GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I, U3 up to 90MB/S
- Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 128GB UHS-II/U3 up to 150MB/s
BONUS: SanDisk Extreme PLUS 128GB microSD UHS-I CARD up to 95MB/s
And if you think 128GB is not enough, check out the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSDXC card below, one of the few high capacity microSD card that supports Ultra HD video recording.
Ultra HD (UHD) Capture Capable MicroSD Comparison Chart
Here is a chart comparing the performance of Ultra HD capture capable microSD cards. The best overall performer is the SanDisk Extreme PRO. When considering write speed, three cards share the second spot with 90MB/s; they are Samsung Pro Plus, SanDisk Extreme Plus and Samsung EVO Plus. Due to lack of information we had to take the write speed of PNY Elite-X and Lexar Professional 1000x from benchmarks ran by users. These are at a respectible 75MB/s and 80MB/s accordingly. The slowest write speed in our list is the SanDisk Extreme at 60MB/s. Given that the SanDisk has two other front runners, the chart topping SanDisk Extreme PRO and SanDisk Extreme Plus, we see SanDisk Extreme is the affordable unit.
|4K Ultra HD Ready MicroSD Cards||Read|
|SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB||275||100|
|Samsung Pro Plus 128GB||95||90|
|SanDisk Extreme 128GB||90||60|
|PNY Elite-X 128GB||90||75|
|Lexar Professional 1000x 128GB||150||80|
|SanDisk Extreme Plus 128GB||95||90|
|Samsung EVO Plus 256GB||95||90|
The Big One
Due to speed limitations, not many 256GB microSD cards are capable of 4K UHD video capture. In time, I am sure more manufacturers will break the technological barrier and introduce bigger and faster microSD cards.
Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSDXC – BIGGEST 4K READY MICROSD
Samsung is already leading the way with the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSDXC card with transfer rate up to 95MB/s read speed and 90MB/s write speed. We have included the EVO Plus in our comparison table and chart above.