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Shooting with high-megapixel DSLRs, especially continuous shooting in RAW format or full HD video, requires a fast memory card. The data-transfer rate is referred to with an "x" rating—600x or 1000x. Each x equals a minimum sustained transfer rate of 150 KB/s, and all other speeds are expressed as multiples of that speed. For example, 600x is 90 MB/s (0.15 x 600) and 1000x is 150 MB/s (0.15 x 1000). Keep in mind that you want to use the fastest card that your camera can handle. A card that’s too fast for your camera won’t speed up shooting, and one that’s too slow won’t be able to keep up.


The Delkin 700X CompactFlash memory cards deliver transfer rates of up to 105 MB/s, with write speeds of up to 67 MB/s. With that kind of speed, the cards are ideal for using with high-performance DSLRs that have video modes for slow-motion recording. The cards are available in capacities of up to 128 GB. Estimated Street Price: $320 (64 GB).


If your camera is SDXC-compatible, the Hoodman RAW Steel Ultra High Speed UHS-I memory cards are now available in this format and are steel-plated to prevent damage or breakage in rough shooting environments. They have 45 MB/s read and write speeds, and are offered in capacities of up to 64 GB. List Price: $159 (64 GB).


With transfer speeds clocking in at up to 90 MB/s, the Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x cards are a fast and reliable option, especially for shooting video at 1080p. The cards offer plenty of room for recording HD video, as well as high-resolution stills in RAW, JPEG, TIFF and other file formats. List Price: $95 (16 GB); $155 (32 GB).


The high-capacity Lexar Professional 600x SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards deliver a minimum guaranteed read transfer speed of 90 MB/s. The card is especially useful if you do a lot of video work on a camera capable of 1080p recording. Capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB are available for the SDHC card, and 64 GB and 128 GB are available for the SDXC cards. List Price: $149 (32 GB); $279 (64 GB); $499 (128 GB).


When shooting with the PNY Pro-Elite Plus Series Hi-Speed SDHC memory cards, you’re set for capturing high-speed action shots and video clips. The cards have write speeds of up to 80 MB/s, and come in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. Like most other cards, they’re fully water-, shock- and temperature-proof. List Price: $139 (32 GB).


Capture up to 10 hours of full HD video using the 128 GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I memory card. Read and write speeds clock in at 45 MB/s, allowing you to capture high-resolution images in full burst mode and quickly transfer those files to a computer. List Price: $399.


The Transcend SDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory cards store up to 32 GB with read speeds of up to 85 MB/s and write speeds of up to 45 MB/s. The fast transfer rates and large capacity are ideal for fast continuous still shooting and smooth capture of 1080p HD video. List Price: $89 (32 GB).

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