The Best Memory Cards for the Sony A35

SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards are compatible with the Sony A35. Continuous shooting and video need memory cards with fast write speeds to the card.

You can mess up the overall performance of your camera by using the wrong card.

Just want the best? This is my recommendation on the SD card to get to use with the Sony A35:

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

SD memory cards have dropped in cost the time since the launch of the Sony A35.

Due to prices being so cheap, it is not going to make financial sense to choose anything other than a professional-level memory card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards have superb speed and dependability. I have under no circumstances endured corrupted data or a card failure with any of those SD memory cards.

All the hassles I have dealt with has been because of low-cost unbranded memory cards. Attempting to save a buck is not worthwhile if your A35 will not function correctly.

If you want to reduce the cost, select a lower storage capacity SD card from a high-quality manufacturer. By doing this, you will know your photographs are secure on the card.

SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

PNY Elite-X 128GB SD Card
PNY Elite-X 128GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Good for burst shooting photos and recording 4K video.
  • Larger capacity cards are available.
  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Card
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Card
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  • Comparatively expensive for faster read speeds.
  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Only makes sense for professional use or if you need the largest storage capacity available.
  • Temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and X-ray-proof.

The memory cards compatible with the Sony A35 are SDXC, SDHC, and SD. Check to ensure that your camera is using the latest firmware.

The newest SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) cards, are not usable in the A35.

There are four different specifications of Secure Digital (SD) cards that you need to know about. You can tell them apart depending on their capacity.

  • SD (Secure Digital) - 128MB to 2GB.
  • SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) - 4GB to 32GB.
  • SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) - 64GB to 2TB.
  • SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) - 4TB to 128TB.
SD Card Contacts
SD Card Contacts

Here is an approximation of the number of high-quality JPEGs photos you can be expecting to be saved on a SD memory card:

  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images
  • 64GB - 18,560 images
  • 128GB - 37,120 images

The speed rating of an SD memory card is dependant on the continuous write and read speeds of the card. The continuous write speed of a SD memory card is very important for video as well as continuous shooting.

A slow memory card can cause a reduction in the number of continuous photos the Sony A35 can capture. This is due to the camera’s buffer not being able to write to the memory card fast enough.

When recording video, a slow SD card can cause a sudden end to the recording. The video file may also be corrupted. If you are going to record video, it is critical the SD card you use meets the requirements of the A35.

Read speed is nice to have for transferring files to a computer or laptop. If you have cards that are full, a card with a fast transfer speed will save you time.

SD Card Speed Class
SD Card Speed Class

The Class rating of an SD memory card is related to the sustained write speed. Memory cards that have a minimum write speed of at least 10MB/s will be labeled Class 10.

  • Class 2 - 2MB/s
  • Class 4 - 4MB/s
  • Class 6 - 6MB/s
  • Class 8 - 8MB/s
  • Class 10 - 10MB/s or faster

Every name-brand SD card that you can buy online will receive a Class 10 rating. You can determine the class rating of a SD card by searching for a number inside of a C on the front label.

Example of UHS Rating
Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus is available in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC memory cards. The UHS bus cards to achieve increased transfer rates.

Three different versions exist. The versions are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

You can figure out the rating of a memory card by examining the front of the SD card. If the card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III will be on the front of the SD memory card.

  • UHS-I - Maximum transfer rate of 104 MB/s
  • UHS-II - Maximum transfer rate of 312 MB/s
  • UHS-III - Maximum transfer rate of 624 MB/s

Taking the information into consideration, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Sony A35. The card also has excellent compatibility with other cameras.

The following are more pages on cameras with the same requirements as the A35: