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What’s Your Favorite Brand Of Memory Card – [POLL RESULTS]

3152014316_96fcf43332_o Recently we ran a poll on DPS asking: What’s Your Favorite Brand Of Memory Card.  The poll garnered an enthusiastic response with over 12,000 votes and over 70 comments.  While the poll is non-scientific and only represents DPS readers, the numbers represent a broad range of photographers, from beginners to professionals.  I read through the comments (yes, I do read all comments on posts I write) to see if they’d help shed a bit more light on the purely numerical results.

SanDisk was by far the most favored, garnering 68% of the votes.  I have been shooting with one brand almost religiously for that last five years and that brand is not SanDisk, so this result seemed a bit lopsided to me.   Digging through the comments from those voted seemed to have a common theme:

  • “Sandisk extreme series give always what they promise: reliability and speed. ” – Nikos
  • “The only reason I’ve used it is because it’s reliable and fast.” – lionking
  • “SanDisk Extreme III in all our cameras. Fast and trustworthy.” – moses
  • “I always use SanDisk for storage, great quality as needed.” – 3afsa
  • “For CF cards, Sandisk – fastest and most reliable cards around.” – D. Travis North

Lexar was a distant second place with 11% of the votes and while there were some comments noting problems in the past with errors, those in support seemed just as enthusiastic as the SanDisk owners:

  • “I used to use SanDisk, but then I was reading Rob Galbraith, and he mentioned Nikon/Lexar optimization, so I tried out the Lexar 300x cards. They’re my primary cards now.” – jdepould
  • “I use a Lexar Professional 2GB 133x speed and have taken over 80thousand images with them, mostly sporting images, and have had not trouble with them if in rapiture mode when doing the bikes. I am a believer that when your on a good thing stick to it.” – david donovan

The remainder of the cards filtered out as follows:

  • Kingston – 10%
  • Transcend – 4%
  • Other – 3%
  • Sony – 3%
  • Adata and Patriot – Less than 1%

In the comments section a fair number of respondents noted the importance of speed and a name brand over being brand loyal.  “My choice really should have been “the reasonably fast one that fit my budget.” It happened to be SanDisk, but the speed and price were more important.” stated Kathy A.  jon echoes her comment with, “I buy based on what’s on sales[SIC] (taking into account the brand, speed and memory size) and now have a collection of panansonic,toshiba, sandisk, kingston, transcend and adata ranging in memory size from 2GB to 8GB.”

The full poll results and comments can be found here.

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Peter West Carey is a world traveling photographer who now is spending a large amount of time going back through 6 years of travel photo and processing them like he should have to start with. He is also helping others learn about photography with the free series 31+ Days Of Photography Experiments which builds off of the 31+ Days To Better Photography series on his blog.

  • http://foodientravelbug.blogspot.com MeiTeng

    I have a collection of Toshiba and Sandisk (Ultra and Extreme III) memory cards.

  • M.Patrick

    Yap SanDisk is very good, I got 4 2gb Ultra and one 2gb Extreme III, its very good

  • http://www.seraphicimago.com RJS

    I mostly have SandDisk, and 1 Transcend card – personally, I don’t see much of a difference between them-

  • michael

    I’d say that the main reason so many people use sandisk is because it’s often included as a package with their cameras.

  • Michel Keijzers

    I use only Transcend after having a problem with Kingston SD cards. Kingston was quite thinner than other brands and SanDisk is quite expensive. I have now about 8 transcend SD cards (4 GB and 8 GB class 6 and one 2 GB 150x) and they never broke down. However I have them only for half a year (except for the 150x which is already 5 years and I use that one most of the times).

  • Michael

    Memorex SD cards are great. They are the only ones I use!

  • Carleton Akana

    Darren, i’ve been using all Sandisk III up until now. However, have recently changed over to Transcend. Here’s the problem i’ve encountered. Took the shots w/ the Sandisk cards but when it came to printing photos, bummer. Error message showed on the printers’ control panel.

  • peter k

    I use an 8Gb CF Sandisk extreme IV and I’m quite happy with it. I think that Sandisk gives the best quality / price ratio.

  • Enzo

    I love sandisk and pentax for that matter which barely gets a mention

  • Kay Bryan

    Well, you can’t tell us you use a different card and then not tell us which one it is. Come on, spill the beans Peter.

    Thanks.

  • http://thecareyadventures.com/blog Peter Carey

    Kay, Truth be known, I use Transcend exclusively unless I really need a card while on the road. I’ve found them highly reliable and priced well.
    Beans all over the place now. :)
    pwc

  • AMADOR

    i have an olympus stylus 6020 waterproof camera and it came with a SD sadisk memory card, what is the diffrence between mine and a SD Transcend card?

  • http://ejamdaroy.500px.com/ Maje Daroy

    so far the latest and fastest Memory card I found is 16GB PNY memory card for roughly 43bucks…

    I have mostly SD cards in different GB sized and one 8GB Toshiba Brand and I recently bought another 16GB SD card but i have to return it for it is so slow…

Some older comments

  • Maje Daroy

    October 27, 2011 02:48 pm

    so far the latest and fastest Memory card I found is 16GB PNY memory card for roughly 43bucks...

    I have mostly SD cards in different GB sized and one 8GB Toshiba Brand and I recently bought another 16GB SD card but i have to return it for it is so slow...

  • AMADOR

    July 9, 2011 09:10 am

    i have an olympus stylus 6020 waterproof camera and it came with a SD sadisk memory card, what is the diffrence between mine and a SD Transcend card?

  • Peter Carey

    August 22, 2009 03:44 pm

    Kay, Truth be known, I use Transcend exclusively unless I really need a card while on the road. I've found them highly reliable and priced well.
    Beans all over the place now. :)
    pwc

  • Kay Bryan

    August 16, 2009 08:43 am

    Well, you can't tell us you use a different card and then not tell us which one it is. Come on, spill the beans Peter.

    Thanks.

  • Enzo

    August 15, 2009 11:31 pm

    I love sandisk and pentax for that matter which barely gets a mention

  • peter k

    August 7, 2009 07:13 pm

    I use an 8Gb CF Sandisk extreme IV and I'm quite happy with it. I think that Sandisk gives the best quality / price ratio.

  • Carleton Akana

    August 7, 2009 03:46 am

    Darren, i've been using all Sandisk III up until now. However, have recently changed over to Transcend. Here's the problem i've encountered. Took the shots w/ the Sandisk cards but when it came to printing photos, bummer. Error message showed on the printers' control panel.

  • Michael

    August 7, 2009 01:40 am

    Memorex SD cards are great. They are the only ones I use!

  • Michel Keijzers

    August 7, 2009 01:29 am

    I use only Transcend after having a problem with Kingston SD cards. Kingston was quite thinner than other brands and SanDisk is quite expensive. I have now about 8 transcend SD cards (4 GB and 8 GB class 6 and one 2 GB 150x) and they never broke down. However I have them only for half a year (except for the 150x which is already 5 years and I use that one most of the times).

  • michael

    August 3, 2009 01:53 am

    I'd say that the main reason so many people use sandisk is because it's often included as a package with their cameras.

  • RJS

    August 2, 2009 10:43 pm

    I mostly have SandDisk, and 1 Transcend card - personally, I don't see much of a difference between them-

  • M.Patrick

    August 2, 2009 10:37 pm

    Yap SanDisk is very good, I got 4 2gb Ultra and one 2gb Extreme III, its very good

  • MeiTeng

    August 2, 2009 05:08 pm

    I have a collection of Toshiba and Sandisk (Ultra and Extreme III) memory cards.

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