SD Association

Greater Performance Choices

SD Speed Class standards were created to support video recording. SD memory card manufacturers use different types of flash memory to create an SD memory card, so actual transfer speed can vary. Varying speeds make it difficult to determine which card will provide reliable recording of streaming content because recording video requires a constant minimum write speed to ensure a smooth playback. The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required performance. There are two kinds of speed indications regarding SD bus generation:

  • Speed Class symbols:
    2 4 6 10
  • UHS Speed Class symbol:
    1 3

Speed Class and UHS Speed Class* symbols indicate minimum video recording performance to ensure smooth video playback. This is important for camcorders, video recorders and other devices with video recording capabilities. The Speed Classes defined by the SD Association are Class 2, 4, 6 and 10.

UHS Speed Class is designed for UHS** devices only and designates minimum writing performance to record video on UHS products. The UHS Speed Classes defined by the SD Association are UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).

* (Speed Class and the UHS Speed Class are two different speed classes.)

**UHS (Ultra High Speed), the fastest performance category available today, defines bus-interface speeds up to 312 Megabytes per second for greater device performance. It is available on SDXC and SDHC memory cards and devices.

  Marks Operable Under Applications SD Memory Card
Speed Class 10 High Speed Bus I/F Full HD video recording
HD still consecutive recording
SD, miniSD, microSD
SDHC, miniSDHC, microSDHC
6 4 Normal Bus I/F HD ~ Full HD video recording
2 SD video recording
UHS Speed Class 1 UHS-I Bus I/F
Full higher potential of recording real-time broadcasts and capturing large-size HD videos
(UHS Speed Class1 denotes a 10 MB/s minimum write speed)
3 Capable of recording 4K2K video
(UHS Speed Class 3 denotes 30 MB/s minimum write speed)

Compatibility with UHS