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Best MicroSD card for P3

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by RyanK, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. RyanK

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    After a recent flight where I forgot my MicroSD card at home, and thus used the slower one from my tablet, I have decided I need to buy another MicroSD card for my P3A (mainly because I thought I was taking video and pictures, but they were all corrupted and unusable).

    I'm looking at getting a 32GB card. I'm torn among the
    1. PNY Turbo Performance http://amzn.com/B00N2ROHA2
    2. Samsung Pro http://amzn.com/B00IVPU894
    3. Samsung EXTREME Pro (probably the fastest, but might be overkill) http://amzn.com/B00NUB333W
    4. Samsung Extreme http://amzn.com/B00M55BS8G
    5. Lexar 633x http://amzn.com/B00IF4OC8Y

    I guess I'm looking for the best combination of sequential write speed and price. I would really like the little turning wheel to go away a little faster when you take a 5 shot or 3 shot AEB photo. I would love to hear what you guys are using and find best suited to the P3.
     
  2. IdahoCopterHawk

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    I use the Lexar 633x 32GB and it works great for 4k video and anything else. I have not used any of the others listed.
     
  3. Meta4

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    You are wasting your effort looking for the "best" sd card.
    It won't make any difference.
    The bottleneck is in the Phantom.
    Any card that meets DJI's specs will be fine.
    Micro SD Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
     
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    I have a spare card taped to the back of TX just in case.
     
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    I also forgotten once, since then, have UHS-1 MicroSD in both backup digicam and tablet. :)
     
  6. RyanK

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    I don't think Class 10 only is good enough. The backup card I used was the Samsung Evo ( http://amzn.com/B00IVPU786 ), and that one I can say for certain does NOT work in the Phantom 3. Video will stop on its own, and pics will act like they are working, but then be corrupted.
     
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    Well Im surprised by that, I use that exact card and its brilliant, that good in fact that ive just bought 2 more
     
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    I use a sammy evo 64 its spot on
     
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  9. RyanK

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    I guess I have a bad card then.
     
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    How much 1080p recording can you get on a 32GB card?
     
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    SDXC UHS-I is perfectly differnt from SDHC class 10. Should use SDXC... IMHO.
     
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    I was googling my card to see if it would work after buying it instead of the other way around, ha.

    Best Buy on sale $29.99 SanDisk 64GB microSDXC USH-1


    Actually I bought the card for my new body camera but after reading instructions it will only accept 8, 16 & 32GB.
    According to taroh I'm guessing that I should be good to use it with my P3P* so no need to take back?

    *Phantom
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    rofessional > correct?
     
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    I just upgraded to a SanDisk 64Gb Extreme Pro and I'm glad I spent the extra $20. It's extremely quick in comparison to anything else I've tested.
     
  14. BenDronePilot

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    Just because a card is called "class 10" means nothing and does not make it an appropriate fit for the Phantom 3 Pro. The card has to have a fast WRITE speed. Preferably 45MBs or faster. Most run of the mill class 10 cards may have a fast read speed but write speeds may be under 20MB or slower which is not good at all. I got a Kingston 32gig for $18 off newegg which fits the requirements. The Sandisks extreme pro are great but probably overkill but a little overkill never hurt. The Lexarr is what comes with the p3p and is a nice fast card as well.
     
  15. ctp

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    SDHC and SDXC are different, but the P3 does not use UHS. The P3 is locked at SD bus "Normal_Speed", which is 12.5MB/s. Extensive testing in the P3 has proven (with current firmware) that no matter how fast the card, the blue circle will stay spinning for 20-30 seconds when photographing 5AEB or 5-7 Rapid fire photographs.

    Class 10 and UHS-1 are standards requiring a minimum sequential write speed of 10MB/s. Any class 10 card (as long as it's legitimate and empty, remember to format!) can handle 4K or UHD video from the P3, which is encoded at 60mbps (7.5MB/s).

    Personnaly I buy cards in pairs to quickly swap out between flights and keep a card holder in my P3 backpack with 4-8 cards in it (fresh card formatted for each flight). I swap cards so I don't lose data if something happens to the P3.

    You can pick up the prefectly good Lexar 633x 32GB mSD card at Costco for $29 with a "free" USB3 adapter, though you can regularly pick up better deals on 64GB cards if you are patient and observant. ( I picked up my last batch of SanDisk Extreme Ultra 80MB/s 64GB mSD cards for $32 each on sale at Best Buy (relabeled as SanDisk Pixtor exclusive for BB)
     
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    This is precisely backwards. Class 10 (and UHS-1, UHS-3) are standards defined by minimum sustained sequential write speed (Class 10 and UHS-1 require a minimum 10MB/s). Please Google "Class 10 SD card" and do some research before spreading incorrect information.

    https://www.sdcard.org/developers/overview/speed_class/
     
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    So I bought mine @ BB. It's a Sandusk Pixtor but is SDXC UHS_1 It's a 64GB 48mb $29

    Will it be recognizable? You mention P3 not using UHS. So that part of the card is not needed?
    Also is it the P3 that encodes @ 60mbps or the card? So my card needs to be at least 60 or higher?
    I apologize for being clueless with these cards.


    May I ask? Is this the card you buy?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lexar-h...1312148497.p?id=mp1312148497&skuId=1312148497
     
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  18. BenDronePilot

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    You're missing the whole point of my post which is that all class 10 cards are NOT created equal. Most have good read speeds but most budget cards have crap write speeds and will not give the best most reliable performance. People need to check the write speed specs of any card before they consider purchase.
     
  19. ctp

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    Yes, that's a good card, the larger version of the card that comes with the P3. The P3 Pro encodes 4K and UHD video at 60mbps which equals 7.5MB/s (60 mega bits per second == 7.5 mega bytes per second)