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SD cards don’t excite the way other products might, but your trail camera is virtually useless without them.
Picking the right product can also become fairly complicated. It’s a technical item, and it can be hard to find one that is right for your trail camera.
In our SD card for trail camera reviews, we demystify the process.
Not only have we handpicked eight products, but we’ve also included some buying considerations that will help you identify the one most suited for you.
|Best Overall||Marceloant 64GB SD Card||
|Best Value||Lexar Professional 64GB SDXC Card||
|Premium Choice||Sony TOUGH-G series UHS-II Card||
|PNY Elite Performance 64GB SD Card||
|INLAND Micro Center 64GB SD Card||
The Marceloant is a 64GB SD card. It falls into the UHS-II Class 10 which translates into fast upload times, even for HD video. It benefits from a write speed of 30-60MB/s, and a read speed of 50-95MB/s. The unit is compatible with cameras and camcorders shooting in 1080p full-HD and 4K video or less (which more than covers your average trail camera) and it’s also just very well constructed.
The card is waterproof, resistant to high temperatures, and immune to magnets and X-rays. Indeed, there really isn’t much of anything to complain about. It’s slightly pricier than some of the other options on our list, but then this is typical of quick cards with decent memories.
The Lexar Professional is our best SD card for trail cams for the money. For a very low price, you get many of the same features seen in the last unit we looked at. It’s a Class 10 card optimized for fast upload speeds and features a read speed of 95MB/s. It features 64GB of memory.
The card can store data that has been recorded in 1080p full HD, 3D, and 4K video. However, higher-resolution video won’t translate quite the way you expect. This unit features a write speed of 90, whereas a speed of 100 or higher is necessary for truly high-quality 4k recording.
Granted, for the average trail cam, where image quality isn’t always the highest concern, this may not be a problem—especially when you factor for the price. Still, it’s worth noting.
The Sony Tough is a super high-end unit that will be optimal for people that take their photo/video very seriously. First things first, the construction of the card is extremely high, featuring 18x the bend strength of most units. This means the card should do well to withstand the tough conditions that most trail cameras suffer.
Sony has also made a point of eliminating other design vulnerabilities. For example, it’s “ridgeless” which will help to avoid broken parts. The plastic is also fully sealed against dust, water, and other environmental factors.
It’s Class 10 certified and features a 300MB/s read speed and up to 299MB/s write speed—making it well equipped for capturing excellent 4k imagery. It has a 64GB memory.
The only real problem with this product is that it’s probably better than most trail camera users need. The high-quality features yield a very high price tag. For video and photo enthusiasts, the specs seen here are a dream. However, if you just need a run of the mill SD card, this won’t be the product for you.
The PNY is a moderately priced card, with 64GB of memory. The company advertises 16.5 hours of HD video storage, though the actual storage capacity may vary depending on several variables. The unit is Class 10 certified for use with higher resolution cameras. Upload speed comes in at 95MB/s.
The construction of the card is also very high-quality. The plastic is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and highly resistant to extreme temperatures. Unfortunately, it does suffer a con that is common to most of these more entry-level cards. It’s not so great for shooting a higher resolution video.
The images will be recorded, but they will come across very blurry.
The Inland Micro Center is a 64GB SD card available in a two-pack. It’s a Class 10 certified product and features a read speed: 60MB/s, and a write speed: 10MB/s. The unit can only be used with SDXC devices.
The plastic has been fortified to be dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof. It will also resist magnets and X-rays. The memory capacity is 64GB.
Many users do report that the card has a high failure rate. In other words, they stop working or corrupt data well before they should.
The SanDisk features 64GB of memory and fully supports HD shooting. Like all of the units on our list, it is Class 10 certified, and it features a read speed of 100MB/s. The plastic of the card itself is also well constructed. The unit will be able to survive water, dust, shock, X-rays, and magnets.
It features a write speed of approximately 30MB/s, which is slow, but workable for the price. For the purposes of most trail cam users, the card is going to work just fine. However, it’s also not as swift as some of the higher-end units we’ve looked at today.
The Netac features 64GB of memory. The read speed comes in at 100MB/s but it suffers from a very low write speed of 10MB/s. Despite being one of the slowest cards on our list today, it does have a number of merits. For one thing, it’s one of the more affordable cards on our list.
It’s also pretty durable. It features a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof build that will also be fortified against X-ray and magnets.
Though slower than many might prefer, the features should still be satisfactory to most trail cam users.
Finally, the ALLBYT. This unit is a Class 10 card that features 32GB of memory and write speeds of 95MB/s. It has a 10-year warranty and is fortified against most environmental factors, including dust, shock, and weather.
It will work fine for very basic use, but transfer rates are very slow, and the card does struggle with higher definition video. Some users have also reported a fairly high failure rate, suggesting that their files are occasionally corrupted.
You’ve read the reviews, but you still haven’t selected your product. Below, we have some buying considerations that may make it easier to figure out how to make sure the card you pick is right for your camera.
Fortunately, most memory cards are designed to be broadly compatible with the majority of cameras. Chances are pretty good that your trail cam will accept the card you buy, but that doesn’t mean it will be the perfect fit. The considerations below may demystify the process somewhat.
More than with most cameras, trail cams really need a waterproof card. Because these products will be exposed to the elements on a near-constant basis, it’s to your benefit to ensure that they will be able to survive whatever you throw at it.
You will also see cards that market themselves as “water-resistant” which isn’t quite the same thing. For example, a waterproof product will probably survive a drop in a pool, while a water-resistant product will survive the occasional rainy day.
Technically, a water-resistant product will probably be sufficient, but there are so many waterproof options out there that you really don’t have to settle if you don’t want to.
You also want to make sure that the SD card can handle a wide range of different temperatures. Some cards start shorting out when it is really hot or really cold, which naturally doesn’t work very well in the outdoor setting.
Temperature resistant products will ensure your card works regardless of the weather.
The read and write speeds are similar in that both combine to determine how quickly you will be able to get files from the card to your computer. The read speed indicates how quickly you will be able to open files up, whereas the write speed shows how long it will take for the files to actually transfer over.
The higher the number, the better off you will be.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to estimate how much picture/video you can shoot with a memory card. This is mostly because the type of data you are taking (HD, 4k, etc) has a huge bearing on how much mileage you get out of your memory.
The good news is that the average 64GB card (which is what most of the units we’ve looked at are) should take you a long way with your trail camera. Because trail cameras are typically motion activated, they only photo or video when an animal steps before it. This means a little bit of memory can go a long way.
You’ve read our best SD card for trail camera reviews. Our hope is that you already know what product is right for you, but if not there are a couple of cards that may be worth revisiting.
Our top choice, the Marceloant 43202005 64GB SD Card will be good for the buyer that wants something high-end. However, if that doesn’t describe your situation, you may also find a good budget product in the form of the Lexar Professional 633X 64GB SDXC UHS-I Card.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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