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Sony 95MB/s 32GB SDHC UHS-I U3 Memory Card Review

Sony 95 MB/s 32GB SD Card


The Sony 95MB/s SD memory card offers UHS-I performance with advertised speeds of 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write. The card has the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designation which means it supports at least 30MB/s continuous write for 4K HD video recording. Sony recommends this 95MB/s card for continuous shooting with DSLR cameras. The card is available in 32 and 64 GB capacities.

The Sony 95MB/s card differs from the Sony 94MB/s card in read speed. The 94MB/s card advertises 60MB/s write speed, while this 95MB/s card claims 90MB/s write speed.

Sony 95 MB/s 32GB SD Card Back


We measured maximum read in write speed using several USB 3.0 card readers. The Sony 95MB/s card performed up to specification on read speed, reaching 95MB/s in several card readers including a maximum 95.6 MB/s sequential read speed using the Kingston MobileLite G4 card reader. The highest write speed we measured was slighly less than advertised. The best squential write speed we recorded was 89.0 MB/s using the Lexar Professional Dual Slot card carder.

Card: Sony 95MB/s U3 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

Sony 95MB/s U3 32GB 32 GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.67988.33189.31418.8406.1891510.90.872212.9
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.67987.94689.22620.5976.4281569.41.058258.4
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.60388.24989.28431.5146.2431524.10.911222.4
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.52588.27189.02531.8726.2651529.60.911222.4
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader95.26489.02189.21829.3865.8021416.40.906221.2
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black95.23979.40779.75326.7175.5981366.60.872212.9
Lexar Professional Workflow SR195.13587.93888.10129.3145.8211421.10.901220.0
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.10087.93888.67112.9195.7831411.90.894218.3
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.91186.97588.70016.1636.1551502.70.879214.6
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.90287.76287.89829.9214.8541185.00.846206.5
Delkin Travel Reader94.85186.89685.33519.7446.1541502.50.913223.0
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF994.84287.00488.01415.4256.6071613.00.909221.8
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.76587.17888.36316.2525.8411426.00.889217.1
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.50987.54286.71718.5345.6881388.60.861210.1
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.80386.31778.6094.8393.875946.10.791193.2
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader91.89283.10284.1618.0935.2851290.30.755184.3
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS390.03080.21562.31219.1326.0531477.80.902220.3

When tested in cameras, the Sony 95 MB/s card had mixed results. In the Nikon D750 write speed test it trailed several other cards rated between 80MB/s and 90MB/s write speed. The actual write speed of the Sony card in the D750 was 56.4MB/s. Compare with the SanDisk Extreme Pro which also advertises a 90MB/s write speed, but reached 68.8MB/s write speed in the D750. In the Canon 7D Mark II the Sony reached 67.3 MB/s, still short of the SanDisk which reached 74.9 MB/s. As expected, the Sony card was faster than cards rated at 60MB/s write speed.

Sony 95MB/s U3 32GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
Canon 80D74.5
Nikon D50074.0
Canon 5D Mark IV72.4
Canon Rebel T6i/T6s68.1
Fuji X-Pro268.1
Canon 7D Mark II67.3
Canon 5Ds66.8
Nikon D710058.6
Nikon D720058.5
Nikon D550057.8
Nikon D75056.4
Samsung NX151.9
Fuji X-T1051.0
Olympus E-M1 II39.6
Olympus PEN-F39.2
Olympus E-M5 II37.6
Sony A7R II34.2
Pentax K-3 II33.6
Sony A600033.2
Canon 70D32.0
Canon 6D31.6
Sony A630031.1

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5Ds, Canon 6D, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, Nikon D7100, Nikon D5500, Nikon D7200, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus E-M5 II, Olympus PEN-F, Pentax K-3 II, Samsung NX1, Sony A7R II, Sony A6000, Sony A6300

Sony covers their SD cards with a 1-year warranty. This is a disappointment given that many other brands offer 10-year and lifetime warranties.

Made in Taiwan.

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Sony 95MB/s U3 32GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)1108345642
Product Name (PNM)NCard
Product Revision1.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000082
Manufacture Date (MDT)07/2014
Total capacity32,395,755,520 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Sony 95MB/s U3 card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

$ / GB
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Sony 95MB/s U3 SD32$0.78$43.08$39.95$24.99
Sony 95MB/s U3 SD64$0.66$53.90$75.95$41.95