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Review Sony Tough SD Card UHS-II SD Cards: Is the faster speed worth it?


hey everybody it’s LAN Simon and I wanted to do an update on my SD card overview video from about two years ago I’ll put a link to it down below in the video description and the reason why I’m doing an update is that we have an update to SD cards and what they are capable of and we’ve now got another little logo to decipher on the card here so you can see next to the SDHC is a little Roman numeral 2 and that’s because this particular card supports the UHS 2 standard which means it’s a little faster than some of the older SD cards that are out there like this one but these old these newer cards actually work with older devices as well and in this video we’ll take a look at what you need to access this speed and what you can really do with it realistically now I do want to mention in the interest of full disclosure that the card here came in free of charge through the Amazon vine program and we’re also going to talk about ace and disk reader that I purchased with my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what

these new cards are all about so I thought we would start off just by looking at the sony card because it is kind of a unique one this is a ruggedized card it does have a rather high price tag so this 32 gig card cost sixty seven dollars you can get cards with similar performance that cost less but they’re not built as well so they say that this one will be less susceptible to bending it does feel a lot more rigid than some of the other cards i’ve looked at i still believe it’s made out of plastic but it feels like a much harder plastic it’s also waterproof and dustproof so if you are taking video or photos in really rugged environments this might be a safer way to go now SD cards now have more symbols printed on them than they did before this card you’ll see has this v90 here at the bottom what this means is that the card is rated to write things out at ninety megabytes per second sustained making it probably useful for 8k video in certain applications but you’ll need to make sure that your camera is providing video to the card at ninety megabytes per second or less and also note that these ratings that you see on these cards are not verified independently by the SD card Association this is what the manufacturer is representing that their card can do and generally if it’s a Sony or a SanDisk or another name-brand usually they are going to work as advertised they are reputable companies but some of the cheaper cards

you might see out there may not and there’s also some other V standards on these cards as well so you’ll see also there’s a V 64 60 megabytes per second on down you can see on the chart here provided by the SD card Association what all of those different speeds mean they’re also claiming you’ll get 300 megabytes per second of read and write speed and we’ll put that to the test in just a second now it makes this card unique is that it doesn’t have the little plastic ribs that a lot of other SD cards do you can see that it’s perfectly flush there and I found over time that these plastic ribs on these cards tend to break off especially on the cheaper cards now this is one of my older SanDisk cards these tend to hold up a little better but if you insert the card incorrectly at some point you might start breaking off those little ribs there it’s not a big deal but it can be if the ribs get stuck in your camera and you have to then take it in to get it removed so that is something I think they were thinking about with this card to just get rid of them because they’re really not all that necessary and you’re able to get a more rugged card as a result this card also does not have the right protect switch which is often on the side of SD cards you can see this one has it right here so if I flicked this down here for example I cannot write to the card and I found that I don’t really use that switch all that much I don’t know about you all but I don’t use it that much but it’s not on this new Sony card just to maintain that ruggedness to it so if you were looking for a rugged card and don’t mind the write-protect switch this might be

something worth looking at it really does feel like a very solidly constructed device now in order to make use of the faster UHS 2 cards you need to make sure you have devices that support the UHS 2 standard that’s because it uses additional pins over a standard SD card but all of the pins for a standard SD card are in the same place so for example my five year old camera here works just fine with this newer card I can load the card in here take a couple of photos and write those photos out to the card without any problems it works just like any other card does but I’m not getting the benefit of the faster speed here with this camera it’s still going to write out at the maximum speed that the older SD card standard can provide now just because we’re writing to this card slowly doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of its speed when we try to read the files out but you will need a card reader that supports UHS too and if your computer has a card reader integrated already and your computer’s a couple of years old chances are it may not support the faster standards so you’ll want to check your computer’s manual for that if it doesn’t support it you can get a pretty inexpensive card reader these are two options that I like quite a bit I use this one from SanDisk this is their Extreme Pro UHS to which I use on the road because it has an integrated USBC connector that works really nicely

with my Mac if you are not using USB C technology or want more options for reading cards this one from Kingston is a good pick I’ll put links to both of these down below in the video description this supports UHS 2 SD cards but it also supports a number of other card formats including the larger compact flash format but you will of course have to have a cable to use it they give you a cable in the box but if you are going to USB type-c you’ll have to get an adaptor or another cable of course but again both of these are inexpensive options that can read the files off this card pretty quick and my camera that you just saw shoots raw photos at about 30 megabytes apiece so having faster transfer speeds do make a difference let’s see how fast this card can go ok so we’ve got the sony card inserted into my SanDisk card reader and let’s pull up my Mac here and see how fast this card is reading and writing so we’re writing to the card at about 175 megabytes per second and reading at about 240 megabytes per second give or take which is very very fast for an SD card it’s not reaching those 300 megabyte per second speeds that they advertised but it is certainly a lot faster than some of the older SD cards we might have looked at but again having the right equipment here makes a big difference so I’ve got a pluggable card reader now plugged into my Mac with that same sony card this card reader does not support the UHS 2 standard and as you can see here on that same test we’re not doing as well we’re only getting about 80 megabytes in both directions versus the speeds you saw just a few minutes ago and again that’s because this card reader only supports the slower UHS one standard versus two and of course that impacts the performance that we get out of this so the bottom line here is that if you’re attracted to the speeds that these cards are being advertised at make sure your equipment can support those speeds I do think there’s an argument to be made if you’re older camera doesn’t support UHS 2 you can still copy the

files off at that faster rate of speed provided you have the right reader so do your research on your particular computer and see if you’ve got one already if not again about 20 dollars give or take we’ll get you a super-fast UHS 2 reader to get those files copied off a lot faster so that’s going to do it for this update on our SD card overview let me know what you thought down in the comments below and until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters Chris Allegretto the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht and Kellyanne Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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