Canon EOS 1300D Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Canon EOS 1300D, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Canon EOS 1300D DSLR Camera
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The Canon 1300D doesn’t come with a memory card as standard.

Some retailers offer bundles that do include a memory card. If you’ve picked up one of those, great—you’re all set to go shooting! But if you don’t have a card, here are some recommendations for SD cards for the EOS 1300D.

The good news is that as impressive as the 1300D is, it’s not especially demanding on the memory card. That means you don’t need to fork out the big bucks for the latest, greatest, and fastest memory cards out there. But you still need to get a good one. Some are more reliable than others, and there’s a surprising number of counterfeits around.

Canon likes to use different model names in different parts of the world. In the Americas, this camera is known as the Canon EOS Rebel T6. In Europe, it’s known as the Canon EOS 1300D. In Japan, it’s known as the Canon Kiss X80. All refer to the same camera with the same features, specifications, and capabilities.

Canon 1300D SD Card Quick Recommendations

For those who just want to cut to the chase, here are some quick recommendations. Any of these makes for a good choice of SD card for the Canon 1300D.

  1. SanDisk Ultra
  2. Lexar Professional 633x
  3. Kingston Canvas Select Plus
SanDisk Ultra U1 UHS-I
  • Video Speed Class: U1
  • UHS Bus Interface Type: UHS-I
  • Storage Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Lexar 633x V30 UHS-I
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS Bus Interface Type: UHS-I
  • Storage Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Kingston Canvas Select Plus V30 UHS-I
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS Bus Interface Type: UHS-I
  • Storage Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

You can find more details about these, as well as other alternatives, below.

Canon 1300D Memory Card Recommendations in Detail

The Canon EOS 1300D was released in 2016 as Canon’s entry-level DSLR. It has an 18-megapixel sensor and shoots 1080p30 video. (It was replaced in 2018 by the 24-megapixel Canon EOS 2000D.)

The EOS 1300D’s manual isn’t especially helpful in recommending which memory card to get. If you take a look at page 5, under Compatible Cards, it says you can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. It says to get a card that’s Class 6 or higher. And it also says:

The camera can use UHS-I cards, but since it is not compatible with the UHS-I standard, reading/writing speeds will be equivalent to SD Speed Class 10 at most.

What does that all mean, anyway?

So what I’m trying to do here is cut through the jargon and provide some practical recommendations for what memory card to get so you can get out taking photos and shooting video with your new 1300D. My priorities here are cards that not only work well in the 1300D but are a combination of being reliable, readily available, have a good selection of memory sizes, and are good value. There’s no point buying a high-end, super-fast, and expensive memory card because the 1300D can’t take advantage of those—so I’m not including them here. I’m also not including every single card that will work in the camera.

Memory card manufacturers release new models of memory cards all the time. And because of the way the market works, sometimes these newer and faster cards can be cheaper and more readily available than the older, slower versions. That’s why some of the ones I’ve included here are technically faster than you need (many are the UHS-I type the manual mentions, for example)—but they’re likely also a good combination of value and availability. I’ll do my best to keep this list updated.

A natural question is what size to get. Many of these come in memory sizes from 8GB up to 128GB. They’ll all work in the EOS 1300D, and choosing between them comes down to the convenience of not running out of space to take new photos or shoot new video.

Personally, I’d be inclined toward the 64GB to 128GB sizes. Or, even better, a couple of them—some of these cards come in 2-packs that are good value, and I always like to have a spare on hand if possible. The 256GB and 32GB sizes are also good, but the 8GB and 16GB are much less convenient because they fill up that much more quickly (and they’re also becoming harder to find as storage capacities creep up with newer SD card models).

So here are some recommendations for SD cards for the Canon EOS 1300D.

These aren't necessarily the fastest SD cards on the market, but they're fast enough for this camera. This isn't necessarily a comprehensive list of every SD card that will work in this camera—there are also others that might work well, too.

My emphasis here is on cards that meet these criteria:

  • fast enough for all the features of this camera
  • from a reputable and reliable brand
  • readily available at retailers
  • good value for money

If you want to use a faster, fancier card you can, but you won't see any extra benefit in doing so while you're operating the camera (but you might see some faster speeds when downloading the photos to a computer, depending on your computer and memory card reader combination).

SanDisk Ultra U1 UHS-I

SanDisk 256GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory...
  • Great choice for compact to mid-range point-and-shoot cameras
  • Quick transfer speeds up to 150MB/s (Up to 150MB/s read speed engineered with proprietary technology to...

The SanDisk Ultra line is their cost-effective mid-range option. The latest versions of the Ultra cards are much faster than older versions, and it's a good basic option for cameras that don't demand too much of their SD card. The next level up—the Extreme cards—are also a good option, but the Ultra cards are often priced slightly lower. They're usually very easy to find in stores, too.

SanDisk recycles its model names, and you can still find older, slower versions with the Ultra name. This latest version of the Ultra card is rated for U1 for video recording and uses a UHS-I interface.

It comes in sizes ranging from 64GB up to 512GB.

Buy at: Amazon | Best Buy

Lexar 633x V30 UHS-I

Lexar Professional 633x 256GB SDXC UHS-I...
  • High-speed, Class 10 performance leverages UHS-I (U1 or U3 depends on capacity) technology for a read...
  • Capture high quality images of stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video

The Lexar 633x range has been one of the mainstays of Lexar's SD cards for a while now. There are now faster cards available, but this one is again fast enough for this camera while also representing good value for money.

One distinctive thing about this range is that they're available from 32GB up through `TB.

Buy at: Amazon.

Kingston Canvas Select Plus V30 UHS-I

Kingston 256GB SDXC Canvas Select Plus...
  • Faster speeds — Class 10 UHS-I speeds up to 100MB/s.
  • Capture in full HD & 4K UHD video (1080P) — the advanced UHS-I interface makes the card ideal for...

Kingston is a brand that isn't as well known as some of the others, but they've been making reliable memory cards for a very long time. As a brand, they don't tend to focus on the cutting edge speeds but rather on reliable and good-value memory cards.

This particular card (model SDS2 Canvas Select Plus) isn't the fastest in Kingston's range, but it's fast enough to work well in this camera. It's available in sizes from 16GB through 128GB.

Buy at: B&H Photo or Amazon.

PNY Elite-X V30 UHS-I

PNY 256GB Elite-X Class 10 U3 V30 SDXC...
  • Class 10 U3 V30 speed rating with read speeds up to 100MB/s
  • Class 10 U3 V30 rating delivers speed and performance for burst mode HD photography and 4K Ultra HD...

PNY is another brand that isn't as well known as some others, but they've been around a long time and make very good memory cards that are usually very competitively priced and good value.

This particular model is available in sizes ranging from 64GB to 512GB.

Buy at: Amazon

Delkin Devices Advantage V30 UHS-I

Delkin Devices 256GB Advantage SDXC...
  • Supports 4K & Full HD 1080p Video Recording at High Frame Rates
  • RAW Continuous-Shooting Approved

Delkin Devices have been around for a long time, but they've had something of a resurgence in recent years after simplifying their product lineup and updating the performance of their cards up to current specs.

This card is on the lower end of their range, but it works well in this camera without the higher price point of the faster cards. The Advantage card is rated to V30 and has a UHS-I interface. It currently comes in sizes up to 512GB.

Buy at: B&H Photo or Amazon.

Other Brands

There are also a lot of smaller, mostly unknown brands. In general, I'd recommend sticking to a brand you know and trust or one of the brands I've mentioned on this page because they have well-established reputations for putting out high-quality cards. Some of the other lesser-known brands might work, but they also might not be all they claim to be. The ones above should give a good selection of ones you can find fairly easily at retailers near you.

Faster SD Cards

If you're looking to use a faster card, take a look at the ones that I've subjected to my independent SD card speed tests.

U3? V30? UHS-II? SD Card Jargon?

Memory cards have a bunch of codes and acronyms that are used to describe their capabilities. Here are the main ones relevant to memory cards for the EOS 1300D (I have more details on these ratings and codes on my Fastest SD Cards page.

SD, SDHC, SDXC. While these technically distinguish, at least in part, the filesystem type that they’re formatted in, in practice, it’s useful for determining what size card you need. SD refers to cards 4GB and smaller. SDHC refers to cards from 8 to 32GB. And SDXC refers to cards 64GB and larger. In short, you can use any of them in this camera, so you can safely ignore this rating and choose based on the size of the card you want. If you want to put in a 32GB, go ahead. If you want to put in a 256GB card, knock yourself out.

Recommendation: Both SDHC and SDXC cards are compatible. There’s no functional difference in speed—just storage space.

Tip: Don’t get an SD Express or SDUC card. Both might look just like regular SD cards, but they’re emerging standards, and this camera isn’t compatible with those types of cards. [1]

UHS-I. This refers to something known as Ultra High-Speed Bus, which is the technology behind how the camera interfaces with the card. So far there’s UHS-I (sometimes written, incorrectly, as UHS-1) and UHS-II.

Recommendation: As the instruction manual says, there’s no harm in using a card that’s rated with UHS-I (or even UHS-II), but it won’t give you any extra benefit in this camera.

U3. This is the speed class rating. U3 is designed to support 4K video recording at a sustained video capture rate of 30MB/s. The other video ratings you’ll see on the cards are C10 (Class 10) and U1.

Recommendation: Cards with a U3 rating are the safest bet, especially if you plan to record video, because they’re designed to handle a constant stream of data being written to the card. If you’re solely doing still photos, U1 will work fine too.

Avoiding Fakes

There are a lot of counterfeit memory cards out there, so it’s always a good idea to purchase from a reputable retailer. I buy most of mine from Amazon and B&H Photo. Best Buy, Target, and Adorama are also good options

Basic Precautions

It’s a good idea to format the card in the camera, not on your computer, and to format it regularly. But if that’s not possible or not what you want to do, you can also format cards using a computer. But there are some things to know when formatting SD cards to minimize the risks of your camera having problems with them. So I’ve put together guides on how to format SD cards on Mac and how to use the free SD Card Formatter app for Windows or Mac.

And while memory cards are remarkably resilient, just like any electronic product they can and do fail. So regular backups are very much recommended—here are some ideas.

What If I Accidentally Delete the Photos on a Memory Card?

It doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t recover them. There are apps available to help you try to recover deleted photos from a memory card. I’ve put together some recommendations here.

  1. As a technical matter, SD Express cards are designed to be backward compatible and will function in this camera, but the camera won’t be able to use any extra speed benefit, and it may, in fact, perform slower than a non-SD Express card. SDUC cards require a different interface and will not function in this camera.[]

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