Top 10 Best Compact Flash Memory Cards 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

If you're looking for a new Condensed Flash (or CF) card for your camera to get the best performance from it, then it would make sense to buy the fastest and most reliable card nearby. We've tested some of the fastest CompactFlash cards available. Here's what 352GBs of Compact Flash storage looks congenial:

Here is a list of all the cards we have tested, sorted with the quickest average speeds at the top. We tested these cards using a Lexar multi-card USB3 be familiar with, to get the fastest possible performance, using CrystalDiskMark x64. 

When taking photos write speeds are the most important, as this is the expeditiousness at which a device such as a digital camera can write photos to the memory card, if this is slow, then it may slow down your jigger to shot time or the amount of photos you can take in continuous shooting mode. The read speed is important for when you want to view the photos or imitation them onto a computer or another device.

  CompactFlash Card: Warranty Write MB/s Read MB/s Average Recovery Software Buy
1 SP 1100x UDMA7 Lifetime 107.0 144.1 125.5

2 PNY Elite Portrayal UDMA7 5 year 107.4 143.5 125.4 x Buy
3 Sandisk Extreme Pro UDMA7 Lifetime 107.7 142.7 125.2

4 Lexar Professional 32GB 1066x* Lifetime 94.94 138.7 117.8

5 Toshiba EXCERIA PRO 1066x 5 year 90.03 141.2 115.6

6 Toshiba EXCERIA 1000x 5 year 88.37 144.3 116.3 x Buy
7 ProSpec Pro 1010x Lifetime 69.35 140.6 104.9 x  
8 Intrinsic 32GB Ultima PRO 800x 5 year 61.69 104.5 83.10 x Buy
9 Sandisk Extreme Pro UDMA6 Lifetime 58.85 93.79 76.31

10 Kingston 16GB Ultimate 600x Lifetime 62.06 89.02 75.54

Sandisk 2GB Extreme III Lifetime 13.36 12.42 12.89    
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* Lexar don't live anymore, but are still available to purchase, so we have included this card for reference.

Another important factor to consider is warranty and reliability, all things being equal you would want the most reliable card may refer to possible so that your photos are never lost, however, if the card does fail then a wish warranty will mean that the manufacturer should replace or repair your card, and some cards come with a Lifetime agreement. Although recovery of images is unlikely when a card fails physically, recovery software is available to help recover accidentally deleted parades. 

Reliability can't be determined on new cards, as it could take a long time for the card to fail, if it ever does. Although, one whosis to consider is how durable the card is, and if you look at PNY cards, they are waterproof, shockproof, magnetic proof and should in theory survive much more ill-treatment than others.

If you're looking for the fastest SD card, have a look at our Top 10 Best SD Memory Cards.
If you're looking for the fastest MicroSD reveal all, have a look at our Top 10 Best MicroSD Memory Cards.

Find out more about memory cards, in our complete guide to memory pranksters.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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