Kingston “hacked” the memory card zoo and left only three species. But even the inexpensive Canvas Select is cooler than you think.

Once the class of video cards was measured in megabytes, the quality of the camera in megapixels, and the speed of a memory card in general speed classes. Today, these figures have become of little use, and memory cards have finally begun to design “for devices”. Of all the variety of memory cards, Kingston left three Canvas model lines that reveal the potential of different types of vehicles. We will tell you how fast the most affordable Kingston memory card of the 2018 model year turned out and by what principle microSD / SD drives should be chosen today.



Kingston Canvas Select - “dance” from the video


British scientists have repeatedly argued that it is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick. Rumors say that they even found that flagship memory cards are cooler than budget ones in terms of extreme performance. The catch remains that buyers are not always ready to lay out “flagship” amounts for drives with extreme performance - available models make “cash desk” in any type of digital consumer electronics. And in 2018, an affordable Kingston memory card is the Canvas Select.

The first thing I want to ask about an inexpensive memory card is “How much do they hang in grams?” Speed ​​Class? ” And, if you recall from the old memory that the "budget" performance levels were divided into Class 2, Class 4, Class 6 and Class 10 ... you're done, but you can forget all this and no longer remember .


Inexpensive cameras and affordable Kingston memory cards are made for each other
because in 2018 the “Old Believer” maximum C10 is the basic speed even for the most affordable memory card. The marking “Class 10” remained in the memory cards as a kind of legacy and a guarantee of compatibility with devices that cannot “squeeze all juices” out of faster cards, but you need to pay attention to the high-speed UHS classes .

So, Canvas Select is a memory card with UHS Class 1 (U1) speed. This, translated into numbers, is 80 MB / s in read mode and bus speed is about 104 MB / s (versus 25 MB / s for the fastest representative “just Class 10” without U1 certification.
Most often, inexpensive memory cards are used as file storage on smartphones or low-cost cameras, since smartphones with “accepttable storage” support (merging internal memory with microSD into one logical volume) are a minority , such memory cards most often deal with recording / reading photos and videos, and get peak load either in burst mode or during video recording.


Kingston Canvas Select - this is the same option “I would have a memory card in a smartphone” for everyone except enthusiasts of shooting ultra-fine or ultra-fast video
Therefore, it is not surprising that the “younger” series of Kingston memory cards is designed primarily to cope with recording / playing videos in Full HD resolution even with a high bit rate or when working with stereoscopic images.

This does not mean that with Canvas Select you can’t swipe at our Ultra, 4K in low-cost smartphones - we are only talking about the fact that the 1080p card “digests” in any conditions and in devices of any severity level. And the “4K is also possible” icon is selected by Kingston only when it’s not about some smartphones, but about professional cameras that “pour” video onto a video storage device at a completely different pace. For the needs of smartphones, be sure that such a drive will be enough.


Stable continuous recording of Full HD video with a high bit rate is something that you must cope with on a perfectly modern, inexpensive memory card

And never forget the longevity / durability, no matter who smiles condescendingly, nodding to the "era of cloud storage." Cheap cameras rarely boast of wireless interfaces, and many budget smartphones do not feel well when in the vicinity of obese messengers with a shortage of RAM, it consumes processor time and the cloud client "drags" wireless networks.

Therefore, reliability is never superfluous, and the safety of files on SD / microSD is still important today. Canvas Select will work properly, even if it is immersed in water for up to 30 minutes, it will save data, even if it is continuously rolled along the tape and “shone through” at security checkpoints at airports and other public places, and with the durability of memory cards too everything is good. Certification according to the MIL-STD-883H standard ensures that even a full-sized SD will not “snot” and “peel off”, as is the case with competitors or “non-name” - neither in the cold, nor even at a temperature of almost boiling (85 ° C) water .

The speed characteristics of the entire Canvas Select series are the same, you can choose from both tiny universal microSD and full-sized “combat clips of the photographer” SD-cards.


A reliable memory card is of little interest to anyone ... until an unreliable one dies. Fortunately, the strength and durability in the “branded” memory cards are high both in flagship and budget models.

We announce the whole list:


Specifications
Capacity: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Speed: read - 80 MB / s, write - 10 MB / s, UHS-I Speed ​​Class 1 (U1) interface
Dimensions: 24 mm X 32 mm X 2 , 1 mm
Format : FAT32 (SDHC 16 GB - 32 GB), exFAT (SDXC 64 GB - 128 GB)
Operating temperature: -25 ° C to 85 ° C
Storage temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
Voltage: 3.3 V

And now about why the “red head” memory cards have gone from the geek variety to three lines with different purposes, and about what Kingston memory cards are in general in 2018.

Cards for video, the “hottest” video and “horror, what a heavy video + software”


We talked about the “mission and mission” of the younger series, it remains to be explained in a nutshell, how the other memory cards of the new model range differ.

Kingston Middle Class - Canvas Go! The “battle” name of the memory card was not just given, but because they are intended for brutal operation in action cameras, “SLRs” and “mirrorless”, drones and video recorders. Wherever there is a lot, continuously and at the most different temperatures it is necessary to record many photo frames and video frames.


New Kingston Memory Cards

“So, Canvas Select is also suitable for all these tasks!”, Readers will be indignant, but they will be only partially right. Partially, because, firstly, the “ceiling” of sequential read and write with Canvas Go is already 90/45 MB / s (this is slightly faster than the most “cool” UHS standard - UHS-III), and secondly , these memory cards are not just “suitable for video as well,” they are certified specifically for compliance with the new Video Speed ​​Class standards with V30 speed (guaranteed stable video recording in 4K resolution at 120 fps).


Canvas Go and React memory cards guarantee stable recording and video preservation in 4K resolution at 120 fps, even in hot and cold weather

And finally, the fastest, most advanced Kingston Canvas React memory cards squeeze up to 100/80 MB / s in read / write mode, are similarly certified according to the V30 class and are additionally optimized for fast work with software. To enable manufacturers in such cases to back up their words with numbers, and not just “unique user experience”, the SD Card Association has developed a separate “league” (class) of memory cards suitable for quick operations with software.


How do speed classes relate to each other in modern memory cards

For a memory card to be certified as an Application Performance Class, it must issue between 1,500 IOPS (I / O operations per second) for reading and 500 IOPS for writing for Class A1. Kingston Canvas React delivers more and is one of the few microSD cards that are so fast to use with applications.


The minimum permissible characteristics of outlandish memory cards of the Application Application Standard class.
Remember these important standards and always choose memory cards that are ideally suited to your work scenarios!

Canvas memory cards will be available in a few weeks on the Citylink chain of stores and with other Kingston partners.

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