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Panasonic Gold Series UHS-I U3 SDHC 32GB Memory Card Review

Panasonic Gold Series UHS-I 32GB SDHC Memory Card

Introduction

The Panasonic Gold Series UHS-I U3 SDHC memory card was introduced to support 4K video recording. It features the SD Association's Ultra High Speed (UHS) Class 3 (U3) designation. The U3 standard means the card supports at least 30 MB/s (280 Mbps) continuous write speed. This speed is necessary for Ultra HD, 2K, 4K and 3D video. While many SD cards quote a higher peak write speed, the U3 standard guarantees sustained performance for smooth recording without dropped frames. It is designed to maintain this level of performance throughout the life of the card.

Gold Series cards use a type of NAND flash memory called multi-level cell (MLC). This memory architecture is more durable than the triple-level cell (TLC) type used in less-expensive memory cards. Pansonic claims MLC provides 10 times the rewrite durability, lower error rate and higher access speed compared with TLC memory.

Panasonic Gold Series cards are available in 16, 32 and 64 GB capacities. The quoted read speed is 95MB/s, while the peak write speed is 45MB/s. The high speed makes the Gold Series cards suitable for continuous burst shooting as well as video applications.

Panasonic Gold Series UHS-I 32GB SDHC Memory Card Back

The card is marked Made in Taiwan on the back.

Performance

The Pansonic Gold Series U3 32GB card was tested in various USB 3.0 card readers. In benchmark tests it provided up to 96.4 MB/s sequential read speed and 43.6MB/s sequential write speed.

Card: Panasonic Gold Series 32GB 32 GB
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600

Panasonic Gold Series 32GB 32 GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.42143.47180.2440.8519.8482404.20.40999.8
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.40343.40980.2570.7599.9282423.80.39596.4
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.11843.51580.5410.73310.0762459.90.30374.0
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF994.98043.79880.6460.8019.9282423.80.29572.0
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II94.98043.53580.3970.85810.2452501.20.33581.7
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.85943.76580.4880.7589.7812388.10.36288.4
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader94.83443.38580.3640.8969.9862437.90.33882.5
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.81743.59680.1500.7649.8902414.60.38694.2
Delkin Travel Reader94.70543.71378.6730.7469.8592407.00.30474.3
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black94.16143.56279.5550.8068.9022173.30.40999.9
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader93.76543.42871.6170.7378.7372133.00.30574.5
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black93.33143.52778.2520.8556.7011635.90.35285.9
Lexar Professional Workflow SR193.28143.36277.6600.8008.3882047.90.413100.9
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.59843.53171.8790.8495.1621260.30.31476.7
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader90.75443.18976.5130.7528.6322107.30.40398.4
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS389.27943.44857.4800.7609.8752411.00.40198.0
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader83.01643.80472.0080.7598.7082125.90.30173.6

In camera tests the Panasonic Gold Series card provided 41.0 MB/s write speed in the Canon Rebel T6i/T6s. Additional camera results will be added as more cameras are tested with this card.

Panasonic Gold Series 32GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon 80D41.6
Canon 5D Mark IV41.5
Canon Rebel T6i/T6s41.0
Nikon D50040.0
Fuji X-Pro238.7
Olympus E-M1 II38.6
Canon 5Ds38.3
Olympus PEN-F37.0
Sony A7R II34.1
Fuji X-T1033.8
Sony A630033.7
Pentax K-3 II33.3

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5Ds, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus PEN-F, Pentax K-3 II, Sony A7R II, Sony A6300

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Panasonic Gold Series 32GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)2091504850
Product Name (PNM)SU32G
Product Revision1.3
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000001
OEM ID (OID)PA
Manufacture Date (MDT)10/2014
Total capacity32,094,814,208 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Panasonic Gold Series card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Panasonic Gold Series SD16$1.25$19.99Check price$23.95
Panasonic Gold Series SD32$1.09$37.93Check price$34.95
Panasonic Gold Series SD64$1.09$257.97Check price$69.95