Here are performance measurements for various memory cards. Remember that for digital cameras write performance is the most important because it can limit a camera's shooting speed. Read performance is important when a digital camera is in playback mode. The following measurements were all done using the same USB 2.0 multi-format card reader. The contents of the table below show that practical performance can be very different from advertised performance. Memory cards are often advertised with either a speed rating (4X,10X,40X, etc.) or a memory bandwidth (4MB/s, 8 MB/s, 12 MB/s etc.) rating yet read and write speeds are very different.
|Type||Card||Size||Write Speed||Read Speed|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||ATP MicroSD 80X||256 MB||3209 K/s||5693 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Corsair 60X||512 MB||1776 K/s||6270 K/s|
|Accepts xD memory.||Fuji||16 MB||688 K/s||4270 K/s|
|Accepts xD memory.||Fuji Type M*This abysmal write-speed does not seem to affect the Fuji Finepix F10s speedy performance, but makes it very slow to download images and video. And yes, we triple-checked the performance!||1 GB||147 K/s||1957 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Fuji xD to CF Type 1 Adapter*Size depends on the xD card inserted into the adapter.||0 MB||564 K/s||822 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash memory.||Hitachi Microdrive*FAT32: The raw performance of the 6 GB microdrive is supposed to be higher but that is what we measured. We suspect that the FAT32 file system must cause some devices to operate extremely slowly. The 6 GB microdive operates that slowly in our benchmark system and our Konica-Minolta digital cameras. At this time, we are unable to confirm since this is the only FAT32 memory we have.||6 GB||177 K/s||1758 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash memory.||IBM Microdrive||1 GB||1482 K/s||4216 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Kingmax 150X||2 GB||2149 K/s||5478 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Kingmax Platinum 66X||512 MB||1591 K/s||6158 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Kingston Elite Pro 50X||2 GB||2898 K/s||5718 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Kingston Ultimate 100X||2 GB||1767 K/s||6272 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Lexar 40X||512 MB||1869 K/s||4771 K/s|
|Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.||Lexar Platinum II||1 GB||2373 K/s||7691 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Lexar Pro 80X||2 GB||2990 K/s||5475 K/s|
|Accepts xD memory.||Olympus Type H||1 GB||567 K/s||3478 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Sandisk||16 MB||1200 K/s||4720 K/s|
|Accepts Memory Stick memory.||Sandisk Pro||512 MB||1099 K/s||7655 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Sandisk Ultra II Plus*Has a built-in USB interface||2 GB||1537 K/s||6858 K/s|
|Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.||Sony MS Duo Adaptor*Size depends on the Memory Stick Duo card inserted into the adapter.||0 MB||1636 K/s||3312 K/s|
|Accepts Secure Digital (SD) memory.||Verbatim||256 MB||1760 K/s||4792 K/s|
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