Quick Review: ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II Class U3 Card

The ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II kepp up with our most recent tests with no trouble at all.

We’re not typically ones to review SD cards, but the recent ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II deserves a bit of a feature due to addressing a concern I had while testing the Fujifilm X-H1 recently. For photographers, using the card isn’t really a problem in and of itself. In fact, it’s more or less flawless for photography. But the Fujifilm X-H1 is their most aggressive push towards getting into the world of video. It sports a 4K, 24p, 200MB/second video feature. Luckily, the ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II writes at 200MB/second. So when tucked into the Fujifilm X-H1, it seemed a match made in heaven.

Editor’s Note: These cards read at 200MB/s. They write at 80MB/s

Tech Specs

ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II Class 3 Specs

  • Performance read speed of up to 200MB/second
  • Professional-level capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Rigorous full card testing with serialized tracking of key components
    and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Component-level testing down to individual memory chips for optimal quality
  • 3-year warranty

The pricing grid got a little mashed up with other products in the copy too:

64GB is $54.99 USD
128GB is $94.99 USD
256GB is $189.99 USD

The ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II claims to be really, really durable. Over the phone, Vice President of Marketing Mark Lewis stated that they go through a lot of rigorous tests that other memory cards don’t really go through. I’ve been using the card for around a month and I admittedly haven’t taken it into the rain, put it in saltwater, fed it to a dog (KIDDING), or anything else like that. But Mark assures us they’re every bit as durable and more reliable than other options on the market.

Ease of Use

My biggest test with the ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II came with using the Fujifilm X-H1. During my testing I’ve shot a whole lot of video at 4k, 24p, and 200MB/second. When I’d stop the recording, the little light that indicates that the information is being written to the card kept telling me that it was pretty much done after a second. That’s impressive: with a number of other cards, I don’t necessarily get the same reliability or speed.

When it comes to recording video, this is absolutely fantastic. If you’re a photographer, you’ll pretty much just be limited by the camera’s buffer. At one point, I was shooting RAW+JPEG at the max FPS, and it needed a while to clear up. But it worked out just fine and after about seven seconds or so, the writing card light had completely turned off. So again, I can’t really complain here.

Conclusions

If you’re a photographer who occasionally shoots video (and many of you are) then consider the new ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II. They’re very reliable, and that’s all I want. With that said though, if you need this level of reliability, then go for these. If you don’t, then don’t spring for them. Not everyone shoots their camera machine gun style or needs that much write capacity.

The cards are available for purchase over on Amazon.