A fantastic choice for video and photo
SD cards are an essential piece of kit for any content creator. Videographers and photographers are heavy users of SD cards. Today’s camera gear can take pictures faster than ever, and a great SD card is essential. The Samsung PRO Plus SDXC was designed for content creators and offered superb read and write speeds.
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
So let’s take a quick look at the Samsung PRO Plus SDXC card and find out if it’s worth buying to add to your kit. We have the 256GB version with Samsung SD card reader for review.
The Samsung PRO Plus SDXC has the following features and specifications:
- Storage capacity:
- 128 GB – Class 10, U3, V30
- 256 GB – Class 10, U3, V30
- 512 GB – Class 10, U3, V30
- Interface: UHS-I
- Read: Up to 160 MB/s
- To write: Up to 120 MB/s
- Speed class: U3, V30, Class 10
- Guarantee: Ten-year limited warranty
What’s in the box
- Samsung PRO Plus SDXC
- Samsung card reader
Oh man, I’ve reviewed SD card design more times than I care to count. The size and appearance of the PRO Plus stay the same because they have to. Since SD cards are used in many devices, the form factor should be the same for all manufacturers.
So that leaves little room for Samsung to make its SDXC cards look different. The most significant difference is that the Samsung PRO Plus SDXC is white instead of black. Most SD cards are black, and I prefer this lighter color because it makes it easier to find in a bag or desk.
The lock button is on the side, like all SD cards, and on the back are the gold connectors that connect to your device for the card to work.
The Samsung PRO Plus SDXC also comes with some worthwhile features in your kit. The PRO Plus can take abuse, and if you’re a professional photographer, that’s good news. Here are some of the features you can expect from this card:
- Temperature resistant
- X-ray resistant
- Magnet resistant
- Anti fall
- wear resistant
- Store up to 44,439 4K photos on the 256GB version
The Samsung PRO Plus SDXC is rated at up to 160MB/s read and 120MB/s write. Using the included Samsung USB 3.1 card reader, I ran three benchmark programs on my 2021 Mac mini. I used Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, ATTO Disk Benchmark, and DiskMark. Here are the results of each of these tests:
|ATTO disc sequence playback||150 MB/s|
|ATTO DISK Sequential Write||117 MB/s|
|DiskMark 2.2 Seq Read||146 MB/s|
|DiskMark 2.2 Seq Write||116 MB/s|
|Sequential Read Blackmagic Disk Speed Test||152 MB/s|
|Writing Blackmagic Disk Speed Test Sequence||117 MB/s|
I also ran these same tests using the same benchmark programs using the built-in SD card reader on my Satechi hub, and the speeds were noticeably slower. This is likely due to hardware limitations of the SD card reader on the Satechi hub. I’m comfortable concluding that these numbers get us close enough to the advertised “Up to” numbers.
As I do with all my SD card tests, I set my Sony A7iii to RAW and continuous shooting, and here’s what I got. I was able to capture 36 frames in about 8 seconds before the camera stopped capturing photos. The write operation was completed in 26 seconds. Of course, it’s not the most scientific test and your results may vary depending on the equipment you use.
I’m using a Lexar 1066x SDXC in my Sony A7iii, and it works perfectly. The Lexar is on par with the Samsung PRO Plus SDXC, and it earned a spot in both of my SD card slots. It performed very well and within its advertised speeds.
Overall performance will depend on your hardware. If your camera can handle the speeds of this SD card, you should technically get the best performance out of it. If not, you will only see the performance your hardware can deliver.
Pricing starts at $30 for the 128GB version and goes up to $118 for the 512GB version. I would say this is a very reasonably priced and affordable SD card, and it includes the reader SD card. It competes well with other cards in this price and spec range.
The Samsung PRO Plus SDXC is a solid choice for your SD card needs. It has excellent read/write speeds and the price is right for the money.
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Last updated March 5, 2022.
Samsung PRO Plus SDXC
US$30 – US$118
- Excellent read/write speeds
- 10 year warranty
- Designed for pros and rugged use
- Competitive prices
- Large card reader included
- I have no cons, it’s a great SDXC card