The Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC™ UHS-II Card is a great solution for enthusiasts and professional photographers looking for a reliable performer who lives up to its promises. While it may not hit its quoted peak speeds, few cards do; it excels in real-world use, effortlessly handling high-quality video and stills in enthusiast cameras like the Sony A7 III and the professional-grade Canon EOS R5 C.
Its V60 speed class is more than adequate for most tasks. However, those needing extreme speeds may need to look towards CFExpress cards. In all, it offers a fantastic balance of speed, capacity, and price, making it an excellent choice for both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs.
What is Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card?
The Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card is designed to meet the high-speed demands of today’s digital photographers and videographers. With read speeds up to 280MB/s and write speeds up to 160MB/s, this card is all about efficiency, capacity and performance. It comes in a range of capacities, from 64GB up to a huge 512GB, helping to ensure that one card will last you the day.
One of its big selling points is its Video Speed Class rating of V60. This ensures a minimum write speed of 60MB/s, enabling you to shoot high-quality 1080p Full-HD and 4K video on the majority of mirrorless and DSLR cameras. It is standard and comes with full backward compatibility with both UHS-II and UHS-I. This versatility extends its utility across a wide range of camera models.
Capacity Options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Read Speed: Up to 280MB/s
Write Speed: Up to 160MB/s
Video Speed Class: V60
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
Storage Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
Dimensions: 32 mm x 24 mm x 2.1 mm
Build and Handling
The build quality of the Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card is excellent and in line with what I have come to expect from one of the leading manufacturers of memory cards. This build quality reflects the expectations of its target audience of professional photographers and videographers. The card feels solid and robust and proved its quality throughout this test. As it’s an SD card, it has to conform to industry standards, fitting seamlessly into both UHS-I and UHS-II slots without issue.
The card is rated at the V60 Video Speed Class rating, which makes the card a good allrounder for both stills and video. The V60 speed class ensures a consistent and smooth recording of high-quality 1080p and 4K video. Its high read speeds also mean that when it comes to file transfers, as long as the rest of your equipment is up to the job, wait times to download to your machine should be minimal.
The Lexar® Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card packs a punch when it comes to features aimed at the demanding photographer or videographer. The highlight feature is its Video Speed Class rating of V60, which guarantees a minimum write speed of 60MB/s. This makes it a suitable choice for recording high-definition 1080p as well as 4K video. The card’s read and write speeds of up to 280MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively, also mean that you’re not left waiting when it comes to transferring your data when back home or in the studio.
Backward compatibility is always something to be aware of if you are using older cameras or, in the case of the Sony A7 III, using the second card slot as a backup solution for the main UHS-II slot. The card is available in multiple capacities, ranging from 64GB to a hefty 512GB, providing options to suit various needs and budgets.
When it comes to performance, the Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card does exactly what’s required from it. For a card targeting professional photographers and videographers, reliability and speed are key, and this Lexar card delivers on both fronts. Testing the card in real-world scenarios showed that it was more than capable of handling demanding tasks. Whether shooting high-speed bursts with the Sony A7 III or capturing 4K video on the Canon EOS R5 C, the card stood up to the challenges, albeit with some limitations in extreme data rate situations.
Test results indicate some minor differences between the advertised speeds and actual performance. While the manufacturer claims read speeds of up to 280MB/s and write speeds of 160MB/s, tests with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test revealed 194.3MB/s read and 113.5MB/s write speeds. Although these figures are slightly off the advertised mark, they don’t significantly affect real-world performance, as evidenced by the card’s ability to handle high-resolution video and fast shooting sequences without issue.
The V60 Video Speed Class rating ensured throughout the test that it kept up with all the demands placed on it by the Sony A7 III and Canon EOS R5 C, within the limits of the SD format. However, it’s worth noting that when you step up to the more demanding RAW Lite or similar high-performance formats, the card reaches its limitations. These situations call for CFExpress cards, which are designed for even faster data rates.
The Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card performs exactly as you would expect from a card of speed, class and quality and will meet the demands of professional and enthusiast photographers.
The Lexar Professional SILVER PRO SDXC UHS-II Card establishes itself as a reliable performer. Its V60 Video Speed Class rating helps ensure that your camera performs at its maximum potential when capturing high-definition video or shooting in burst mode, of course, with those limitations highlighted in the review.
The card’s high read and write speeds cut down file transfer speeds after a welcome shoot, reducing wait times whether that’s in a time-sensitive professional environment or at home. While the card does have its limitations, particularly when dealing with ultra-high bit-rate video formats, it offers an excellent balance of speed, reliability, and value.
For me, where the card really stood out was the large capacity of the second card, which acted as a high-capacity, high-speed backup to the main cards. Through the test, this is where this card absolutely stood out in a professional environment. When it comes to whether or not to buy, there’s no doubt that for professionals and enthusiasts, this card offers a solid investment that delivers on its promises.