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SanDisk Extreme vs Extreme Pro: What’s The Difference?

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SanDisk is one of the greatest and most famous brands when choosing an excellent SD card for a camera. I think that you already know that, but still, you cannot choose between two great SD cards!

SanDisk Extreme or Extreme Pro? In this article, I will compare these two SD cards so you can easily choose between them.

Let me get this article started!

Key Takeaways

  • SanDisk is one of the most powerful names regarding different choices for SD cards in general! 
  • SanDisk Extreme is an SD card that has different storage capacities to choose from!
  • In terms of budget, you will also find the SanDisk Extreme more affordable than SanDisk Extreme Pro!
  • These two SD cards are very durable and they are known mostly for this fact!

Presenting the SD Cards

Hence their names, you can clearly notice that they are very similar and they are really extreme on everything they own and what they do! Still, I would like to mention some specifications regarding the main things that you should know about these two SanDisk SD cards.

SanDisk Extreme

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The SanDisk Extreme is one of the greatest SD cards launched by the SanDisk brand, and it is one of the most used SD cards by many photographers all around the world. I have used it too, and it has brought me many different features.

This SD card comes at different capacities such as 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB, 256GB, 400GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

SanDisk Extreme Pro

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By its name, you can understand that it is a new version and it is an upgrade from the SanDisk Extreme. However, I love Extreme Pro, as it is one of the SD cards that I am using on my camera right now, and I have no kind of problem with it.

There are also some capacities that SanDisk Extreme Pro includes, and they are 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

SanDisk Extreme vs Extreme Pro – The Detailed Comparison

As I mentioned the capacities that they come in, I would like to go into deeper detail about the main features of these two SD cards and compare everything that they own.


When it comes to the type of these two SD cards, you will find them both as SDXC, which means that both SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro are small memory cards and they both work in many different devices just like in cameras.

Another similarity in the type part, you will find them both in U3, C10, and V30 classes. (More on them below)


I know that it feels a bit weird, but these two SD cards are also very similar regarding their durability and resistance in different harsh conditions. SanDisk has brought these two SD cards shockproof, temperature proof, waterproof, and alsoX-ray proof. I have used both of these SD cards without any problem.

However, a specification that I would like to mention is that considering the resistance parts of these two SD cards, it is better if you use a super-resistant camera. You shouldn’t go outdoors to shoot with these SD cards and damage your camera.


The speed that an SD card has is one of the main things you should check and compare, just like I am doing here on SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro! I know that many of my fellow photographers hate when their SD cards don’t work at a speed as it fully slows down the whole process.

Well, with these two SD cards, again very similar, you won’t deal with any kind of problem regarding the speed that they work.

There are the reading and transfer speeds that are different on these SD cards. SanDisk Extreme’s reading speed and transferring speed are up to 150MB/s; meanwhile, in SanDisk Extreme Pro, you will find the reading and transferring speed of up to 170 MB/s.

Basically, the SanDisk Extreme Pro is a bit faster than the SanDisk Extreme!

Something else related to the speed of these two SD cards is some letters that I am pretty sure you have noticed. SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro are USH-I cards known as Ultra High Speed, and there you will find the C10, V30, and U3.

  • C10 is the fact that these two SD cards come from class 10 and work great in full HD video recording and HD recordings.
  • V30 is again related to videos, as it means the video speed class, and being V30, the speed works at 30MB/s.
  • U3 is again the speed that works in general at 30MB/s.


When it comes to the compatibility part, I have used these two SD cards with different cameras and I love to mention the fact that they worked perfectly in any of them that I have used! You will be more than satisfied without matter which one you choose.


There is a quite difference in the price tag that these SD cards come at! I would like to imply the fact that SanDisk Extreme Pro is a bit pricier when compared to SanDisk Extreme, but still, as I always say, the price choices are always up to you.

Final Words

Here we are at the end of this article in which I tried to compare the SD cards SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro! I would like to mention the fact that they are very similar to one another but still, you may find some slight differences. The first main difference that can be found between these two SD cards is that the SanDisk Extreme comes with many choices when it comes to the capacity of storage that they have.

Yet again, there is the speed of transferring and reading which makes the SanDisk Extreme Pro a little bit faster and I know that many of you would like a faster SD card. 

I really hope that based on the information I gave in this article, you will be able to choose between SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro!

Further Reading

I am pretty sure that you would like to find out what else to read, and I will include for you some other articles that I have already written, all related to Sd cards in general. 

If you own a Sony camera, there are some great SD cards for your a6000, and the greatest SD cards for Sony A7III.

As I mentioned the SanDisk Extreme SD card, I would like to also mention to you the battle between SanDisk Ultra and Sandisk Extreme!

Have fun!