Samsung memory stand out from the crowd as waterproof, shock proof and magnet proof. Samsung has now introduced a new range of Standard, EVO and PRO memory cards.
Available as both microSDHC or SDHC cards, they come with a 10 year warranty and the latest models are UHS I / Class 10 cards so should be extremely quick. We find out how the SDHC and microSDHC cards perform in our tests.
Samsung PRO EVO Memory Card Handling and Features
Samsung 32GB PRO SDHC UHS-I Card
The Samsung SD memory cards are waterproof, x-ray proof, temperature proof, magnetic-proof, and shockproof (excluding the MicroSD card). The memory cards have been updated to make it clearer how each product will perform, into Standard, Evo and Pro ranges, with the Standard range offering a budget option:
UHS-I U:1, Class 10
UHS-I U:1, Class 10
Upto 90MB/s, 80MB/s write
4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
The EVO range is an affordable performance option, while the PRO range offers the highest performance possible.
Samsung 32GB EVO MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with adapter
SD Card read speeds up to 90MB/s, write speeds up to 80MB/s
MicroSD Card read speeds up to 45MB/s
UHS I / U:1, Class 10 cards
Shock proof (SD card only)
10 year warranty
Samsung PRO EVO Memory Card Performance
To test the read and write times of these cards, we used a USB 3.0 card reader and CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64. For digital cameras, the write time is the most important aspect as this determines how quickly you can write photos from the camera to the card. The read time is important when you want to copy the photos from the card onto your PC or view them in playback mode on the camera.
Samsung PRO 32GB SDHC UHS I U:1 Class 10
Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB SDHC UHS I U:1 Class 10
Panasonic 16GB SDHC UHS I U:3 Class 10
Samsung EVO 32GB MicroSDHC UHS I U:1 Class 10
Leef Pro 16GB MicroSDHC UHS I U:1 Class 10
Prospec PRO 16GB 606x SDHC UHS I U:1
While read and write speeds from the Samsung PRO SD card are not as quick as specified on the box, the card does deliver high read and write speeds, and slightly quicker performance than the Sandisk Extreme Pro card. The Samsung card is also quicker than a number of other high speed cards.
The MicroSD card delivers quick read speeds, and reasonable write speeds, although is not able to keep up with the high speed SD memory cards.
Value For Money
The Samsung PRO 32GB SD card is available for £41.99, compared to around £43 for a Sandisk Extreme Pro card, while the Samsung EVO 32GB MicroSD card is available for £22.50 with the adapter, compared to around £16 for a Sandisk Ultra with adapter.
Samsung PRO EVO Memory Card Verdict
The Samsung PRO SDHC memory card offers some of the fastest read and write speeds available as well as offering a 10 year warranty that is also backed up by the card being waterproof, temperature proof, x-ray proof, magnet proof and shock proof, making it much more likely to survive when compared to more fragile cards. We would therefore be happy to recommend the Samsung PRO SDHC memory cards.
The Samsung EVO MicroSDHC card offers reasonably quick read and write speeds, and is also much more competitively priced. The Samsung EVO card offers a similar level of toughness, and for those that need a MicroSD card, it would be a good choice, although for the quickest performance the Samsung PRO SD cards are recommended.