REAL WORLD TESTING
Now we begin our real world testing! This benchmark is supposed to simulate how a photographer may shoot a subject whether it be a sports game or a bird in flight. We are talking about pure continuous burst speed testing. For comparison, we have results from the 64GB ADATA XPG, 64GB Kingston Ultimate, a 32GB Samsung Pro and a 16GB SanDisk Extreme.
The methodology behind this test is simple, I will be comparing how long it takes for my Canon 6D’s image burst buffer to offload onto the cards after it fills from a continuous burst and record how many images I was able to shoot before my burst rate slows down. For standardization and comparison, the camera settings will be shooting at ISO 100, 1/160th of a second, aperture f/4.
Well, based on our real world benchmark, the Samsung EVO doesn’t seem to fair too well against its Pro brother or other high-end SD cards. The EVO was able to hit 19 frames in our burst test, 5 more than the camera’s buffer can handle, yet it takes twice the time of the other SD cards for the buffer to empty to it.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Samsung EVO is a mid-range SD card and its performance results in our testing reflects that. Transfer speeds reached just shy of the rated spec at 46MB/s for read, which is pretty decent. Write speed came in at a highest of 23MB/s, which is a little more than twice the UHS-I U1 rating and perfect for most HD video recording applications. In our real world benchmark however, the EVO showed it wasn’t able to hang in there with the big dogs.
In the end, the Samsung EVO SDHC card is a decent card. Based on its price to performance however, I would personally spend a few more dollars and buy the higher end cards. If you are one who doesn’t need bleeding edge performance and just need a card for non-action photography, 1080P video recording, or just storage, this card should prove well for your use.