Lexar Professional 600x 32GB SDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card LSD32GCTBNA600
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- Ultimate high-speed, Class 10 performance-leverages UHS-I technology for blazing-fast 600x (90MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed
- Capture amazing high-quality images and stunning 1080p full-HD video with any SDHC compatible DSLR camera, HD camcorder, or 3D camera
- Blazing-fast file transfer from card to computer to dramatically accelerate workflow
- Includes downloadable Image Rescue 4 software to recover lost or deleted photo and video files
- Free, dedicated professional technical support
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The premium Lexar Professional 600x SDHCTM UHS-I card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver professional-level, high-speed performance and reliability, with 600x (90MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed.The card is an excellent choice for capturing high-quality images and 1080p HD video with your SDHC-compatible camera. And when using a USB 3.0 card reader, you'll speed through post-production with blazing-fast card- to-computer file transfer, accelerating your workflow and getting you back behind the camera faster. The card includes downloadable Image Rescue 4 software to recover lost or deleted photo and video files, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
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Impressive Professional-Level Speed and Capacity for Capturing High-Quality Images and HD Video
The Lexar Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card leverages Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) technology to deliver ultimate high-speed performance and reliability, with 600x (90MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed.* This high-capacity card is an excellent choice for capturing high-quality images and 1080p HD video with your SDHC-compatible camera. The Lexar Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.
Improve Capture, Capacity, and Workflow
Ultimate, Professional-Level Speed and Performance to Dramatically Accelerate Workflow. Designed for professional photographers and videographers, as well as advanced photo and video enthusiasts, the Lexar Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card leverages UHS-I technology to provide blazing-fast performance and reliability with industry-leading 600x (90MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed.* This dramatically accelerates your photography workflow so you can save time and get back to the business of photography.
Capture, Store, and Transfer Files at Blazing Speeds. The ultra high speed, Class 10 Lexar Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card offers industry-leading, high-speed performance. This means that whether you’re using mid-range DSLR, HD camcorder, or 3D camera, you’ll be able to leverage all the latest photo and video features available for capturing high-quality images and stunning 1080p HD or 3D video. What’s more, when you’re back in the studio or at your home PC, you’ll speed through file transfer or post-production with blazing-fast card to computer file transfer when using a USB 3.0 card reader—getting you back behind the camera faster.
Includes Valuable Downloadable Software. The Lexar Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card includes the latest version of award-winning Lexar Image Rescue software. Image Rescue 4 provides reliable recovery of most photo and video files, even if they’ve been erased or the card has been corrupted.** The software is available for free download with purchase of the card.
Outstanding Performance, Reliability, and Compatibility.The Lexar team works with major camera manufacturers to ensure all Lexar memory cards are compatible with their digital cameras—from the simplest to the most complex. To further ensure compatibility and performance, all Lexar memory cards are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 800 digital cameras and memory card devices. The Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I card provides outstanding performance, reliability, and compatibility, and also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and free dedicated professional technical support.
Lexar offers a comprehensive line of innovative, award-winning memory products in several categories, including memory cards, card readers, USB flash drives, and portable backup drives. With so many options, it’s easy to find the right Lexar solution to fit your needs.
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*Minimum 90MB/s read transfer, write speeds lower. Speeds based on a TestMetrix certified tester. Actual sustained speed may vary depending on host device. x=150KB/sec.
**Image or other data recovery is not 100% guaranteed.
- Ultimate high-speed, Class 10 performance—leverages UHS-I technology for blazing-fast 600x (90MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed*
- Capture amazing high-quality images and stunning 1080p full-HD video with any SDHC-compatible DSLR camera, HD camcorder, or 3D camera
- Blazing-fast file transfer from card to computer to dramatically accelerate workflow
- Includes downloadable Image Rescue 4 software to recover lost or deleted photo and video files**
- Free, dedicated professional technical support
- Limited lifetime warranty
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- Lexar Professional 600x 32GB SDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card LSD32GCTBNA600
- SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 95MB/s SDSDXPA-032G-AFFP
I had two Lexar 32GB Professional 133x SDHC cards before, but being the owner of some SanDisk SSD's and USB Flash Drives, and the SanDisk Extreme Pro being a few bucks cheaper at the time of purchase, I figured they'd hold up against the Lexar Professional 600x.
Since I couldn't decide, I ended up picking one of each. Here are some tests I've decided to share with anyone trying to make the same decision.
Test Setup: I set my Nikon D7100 Image Quality to RAW. Then I put a card into Memory Slot 1, formatted it, set the camera for Continuous high-speed [CH] and Manual mode, Shutter Speed at 8000, F-stop to F3.5, and the lens cap ON.
I took 100 shots on each card. During that time, I also recorded the difference in speed (which you can see in the video review). Keep in mind, these shots in RAW are about 22MB's in size, with a resolution of 6000 x 4000.
After 6 shots, both ended up slowing down quite a bit. However, the SanDisk Extreme Pro was definitely faster.
2. JPEG (fine)
I took 100 shots on each card. After 15 shots, the Lexar Professional 600x started to slow down a bit. The SanDisk Extreme Pro never slowed down for all 100 shots. That is quite a result!
Test Setup: A USB3.0 connection from my computer to my camera. The computer has Windows 7 x64 Operating System, an i7 980x overclocked to 4.2GHz (6 CPU cores, 12 threads), and 24GB's Triple Channel memory at 9-9-9-24-1T timings at 1344MHz speeds. It uses a Crucial M4 256GB SSD (which is faster than the SDHC cards), so there is no bottleneck coming from the test machine.
While this has no bearing on these tests, I just want to brag that the computer also has a Quadro 6000, fully watercooled (along with the CPU), and overclocked to 665MHz Core Clock. It's so quiet that you wouldn't know that it was on and doing work except for the lights and a little warmth emanating from it.
Ahem, anyways, here are 3 real-world Read tests:
1. Time it takes for all files on the SDHC card to appear in the Windows Folder from the camera.
a. Lexar Professional 600x took 19 seconds to load all files.
b. Lexar Professional 133x took 19 seconds to load all files.
c. SanDisk Extreme Pro took 21.5 seconds to load all files.
That's not much of a difference, although most of the performance for this is coming from the computer.
2. Time it takes to transfer all 2.19GB's of 100 photos to a dedicated folder on my SSD.
a. SanDisk Extreme Pro took 80 seconds to transfer all photos.
b. Lexar Professional 600x took 82 seconds to transfer all photos.
c. Lexar Professional 133x took 122 seconds to transfer all photos.
That's around 27MB's per second for Sequential Read for the Lexar 600x and SanDisk Extreme Pro for photos. You'll most likely hit the specified 95MB or 90MB per second Read Transfer speeds for large video files, but you won't see Read Transfer speeds anywhere near that with photos.
Doing some calculations, you could end up with 1400 RAW files on one of these cards. If that happened, it would take about 5 minutes for all the files to appear in your Windows folder, and almost 20 minutes to transfer all those photos to your computer (if your computer wasn't slow). The Lexar Professional 133x would take 28 and-a-half minutes to transfer all those photos to your computer. That's not much of a difference, in my opinion.
3. Time it takes to delete all the files on the SDHC card in the Windows Folder.
a. Lexar Professional 600x took 11 seconds to delete all photos.
b. SanDisk Extreme Pro took 11 seconds to delete all photos.
c. Lexar Professional 133x took 11 seconds to delete all photos.
Nothing exciting here.
Both SDHC cards are supposed to have up to 95MB or 90MB's per second in Read Transfer speeds, but in real-world tests for photo transfers, it's actually more like 27MB's per second. They weren't actually that much faster than some of the older Class 10 cards (like my Lexar Professional 133x). The real difference you will see compared to those older cards is the Write Speed!
If you're going to get one of these cards, it should be for the Write Speed, which performance-wise, the SanDisk Extreme Pro is the faster of the two. You can see the obvious difference in Continuous High-speed captures between the two in the video, and if you want to shoot continuously in JPEG (fine), then definitely get the SanDisk Extreme Pro.
The real question is... can your camera even make use of the write speeds of these SDHC cards? Even my Nikon D7100 hits a wall when shooting RAW in Continuous High-speed mode. Shooting with that Image Quality, I can stick with my Lexar Professional 133x card and it won't make much of a difference. I would only be able to get my 6 quick shots in, and then I'd have to wait for another opportunity.
The only reason to get any of these cards, and especially the SanDisk Extreme Pro, is if you don't mind shooting in JPEG (fine) mode with a capable camera. Not to say these cards aren't good. They are quite good, but the reason to get them is quite limited. If you're not an action photographer with at least an enthusiast-end camera, then stick with the older, cheaper card, and you really won't notice much of a difference except in the pocketbook, where it really matters (so you can save up for getting a better camera body or lens).
Previously, I was able to shoot a handful of photos continuously if I was lucky, then the camera would stop me from shooting to write to the card. Now, I can keep going and going. It does slow down after about 17 shots, but it still continues to shoot and write to the card, rather than stop me from shooting to pause and write to the card like my old one did. That, I consider a really big deal and a major boon for this card.
I haven't noticed a difference in the time it takes to transfer my photos to the computer, but I think that may have more to do with other factors outside of the card. Format time seems slightly faster, but I have not done any specific test to gauge if that's true or just my perception.
Either way that bottom line is that I'm very happy with it and therefore highly recommend this card.
Read speed: 81.46MB/s
Write speed: 56.29MB/s
It's a huge upgrade (twice as fast writes and nearly twice as fast reads) over the SanDisk Extreme 8GB card I was using, which had these test results:
Read speed: 44.87MB/s
Write speed: 27.30MB/s
Pricewise this card is in a league all its own, even cards that cost double have a very hard time being any faster.
The Lexar Professional 600x 16GB SDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card is generally well respected by most users, as can be seen here. I bought a pair of these in the 16GB variant for specific purposes and for two different cameras: one for my Nikon P7700 and the other for my Fujifilm X20. Both of these cameras are capable of high-speed sequential imaging, or burst mode shooting, but the results are highly dependent on whether or not the camera is up to the speeds of the card.
If you're looking for performance numbers and statistics on how fast these cards may perform, you won't find them in this review, as that can vary from camera to camera, and the difference can be surprising. The focus here will be on how to make this SDHC card work to the bast advantage, though your results may differ from mine.
The Nikon P7700 lists the Lexar SDHC cards among those on the tested and approved list (see page 21 in the manual), though it's also noted: "When recording a movie onto a memory card, a memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended. If the transfer speed of the card is slow, the movie recording may end unexpectedly." Fujifilm notes that their own SDHC cards and those from Sandisk are on their approved list (see page 18 in the X20 manual) and notes that a Class 10 or better speed is recommended when shooting HD or high-speed movies.
The key to getting peak performance from this (or any other SD/SDXC memory) is to format the card within the camera in which it is to be used. The P7700 places its images within a 'DCIM > 100NIKON > Filename' directory, while the X20 nests the images in a 'DCIM > 100_FUJI > Filename' structure. Both cameras are capable of shooting in their own RAW versions, which can lead to other issues, so it's wise to remember a couple of simple rules:
1. Don't format this SDXC card in your PC or Mac.
2. Always format the card within the camera it is to be used.
3. Always re-format the card within the camera after you've downloaded your images.
I've generally had no issues reading files from the native SD card reader in either my MacBook Pro (used for mobile purposes) or my Windows 7 PC, but both have occasionally hiccuped, which can be a nuisance if you're operating under pressure or trying to meet a deadline. To remedy this, the PixelFlash USB 3.0 SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD Memory Card Reader and the Transcend Information USB 3.0 Card Reader have both proven themselves to be very reliable. Both are backward compatible to USB 2.0 for computers without the newer technology.
Another advantage to this Lexar Professional 600x SDHC is that the card includes the downloadable Lexar Image Rescue 4 software, which helps in recovering lost or deleted photo images and video files, and does it from any brand or type of memory card. It works with Windows XP and Windows 7 & 8, and there's a version for Mac OS X. I was skeptical and tested this software on an old and very sketchy 1GB SD card from another manufacturer, and it worked. Note that there's a little pamphlet that comes with the SDHC card that has an activation key, and you'll need to input this key at time of installation, so don't lose it.
As far as performance goes, this card Lexar Professional 600x SDHC card works as well as any of my SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 or Hoodman RAW Steel SDHC UHS-1 memory cards, which have been personal standard for high-speed shooting. As with any such product, your results and performance may be different from mine.
This Lexar Professional 600x 16GB SDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card has proven to be one that has not only met but exceeded my expectations. After trying the first one for a few months, I came back for a second, and this won't be the last. Keeping things simple, this card is highly recommended, and it's about as good as it gets.