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I can't find any definitive information on whether there are differences between various SD cards for use in the latest digital cameras (large sensor varieties) -- I do not mean the difference in specifications, such as "UHS-1", "90MB read/ 80MB write" and such. I mean specifically between different brands and types.

In other words, is there something that makes certain cards get along with some cameras better with others? And by get along I mean I've read reports of some cards resulting in slower camera start-up and reaction time versus other cards, despite the poorer performing cards having higher specifications.

Sandisk seems to be the market dominator and the most recommended type, but I've been using Samsung's PRO cards for a good while now and like them a lot. I'm just wondering if I'm missing out by not using Sandisk. I know the specifications are close enough for something like Sandisk Extreme Pro, but is it also the case that different SD card controllers also have an effect on compatibility and overall operation speed? Is there something about Sandisk, other than its sheer market dominance, that makes many companies list it on their compatibility charts for their cameras (and not something like Samsung)? Do they actually program the in-camera storage controllers work better with Sandisk storage controllers?

Basically, I'm looking to find a definitive answer whether I'm looking at snake oil here and if I should stick with just picking genuine and reputable SD cards of the specs I require for proper operation and disregard branding. I need to get another card soon for a new camera, and I was going to get yet another well-priced Samsung Pro variety (the older silver/white one) as opposed to trying the more expensive Sandisk Extreme Pro.

Thank you.
   
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