The Fujifilm X-T3 doesn’t come with memory cards included as standard. So unless you’ve picked up a bundle that a retailer has put together that includes accessories like memory cards, chances are you’ll have to pick them up separately.
But just putting any old SD card in an X-T3 might lead to disappointment if you find you can’t take full advantage of the camera’s powerful features. The X-T3 has very high bitrate video capabilities—up to 400 Mbps—as well as high-speed burst photo modes of up to 30 frames per second. If you don’t use SD cards that are fast enough, you run the risk of not being able to use those features or even losing footage or photos.
While it’s not hard to find memory cards that are fast enough, there are so many cards on the market and so much marketing material that it’s not always clear which cards will work. Which is why I’ve put together this page: to provide some practical recommendations on which SD cards to buy for the X-T3 so that you can get out shooting sooner and use all the capture features the camera has to offer.
Top Picks for SD Cards for the X-T3
If you’d just like to cut to the chase with some quick recommendations, here are some good options:
- Delkin Devices Power V90 UHS-II SDXC
- ProGrade Digital V90 UHS-II SDXC
- PNY X-PRO 90 V90 UHS-II SDXC
- Lexar Professional 2000x Gold V90 UHS-II SDXC
- Sony TOUGH-G V90 UHS-II SDXC
- SanDisk Extreme Pro V90 UHS-II SDXC
- Kingston Canvas React Plus V90 UHS-II SDXC
- Angelbird AV Pro V90 UHS-II SDXC
- Type: SDXC / SDHC
- Video Speed Class: V90
- UHS Speed Class: UHS-II
- Storage Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
And don’t forget that the X-T3 has two SD card slots. You don’t have to fill them both—the camera will still work with only one SD card in it—but if you want to take advantage of the full power of the X-T3’s file storage options, use two cards.
I have a lot more detail below, but the upshot is that any of these are fast enough, are readily available, and are generally good value for money.
Fujifilm’s Official Recommendations on Memory Cards for the X-T3
I have to commend Fujifilm for providing guidance in the instruction manual that is actually more specific and practical than some other camera manufacturers provide. It says:
– The camera can be used with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Both the UHS-I and UHS-II bus interfaces are supported.
– UHS-II cards are recommended for high-speed burst photography.
– Use cards with a video speed class of V60 or better to record movies at a bit rate of 400 Mbps. To record movies with lower bit rates, use cards with a UHS speed class of 3 or better or a video speed class of V30 or better.
And Fujifilm has gone the extra step of providing a webpage that lists a handful of specific memory card models that are officially supported. But that list is somewhat outdated now for the simple reason that memory card manufacturers tend to release new models fairly often and some have come out since that page was last updated. And it also doesn’t factor in things like availability and value for money—some of the cards on their list are surprisingly hard to find, especially at reasonable prices.
And a final issue is that there are very fast cards where the manufacturers haven’t yet gone through the processes of certifying and updating the packaging and marketing materials to add the new V60 or V90 ratings. Cards like the Sony and Lexar cards, for example, are fast enough to meet the demands of the X-T3, but at least at the time I’m writing this they still only carry the U3 speed rating on their packaging rather than V60 or V90.
So what I’m trying to do is take the information provided by Fujifilm and combine it with both my own tests actually shooting with an X-T3 with these cards and also the findings from my own SD card speed tests. The objective is to provide some practical recommendations for which memory cards to get to be confident that they’ll work well with all of the X-T3’s advanced features.
My emphasis here is on memory cards that offer a good combination of meeting the camera’s technical requirements, are from well-known and reputable manufacturers, are readily available at major retailers, and provide good value for money. This is not designed as a definitive listing of every SD card that will work well in the X-T3—there are others that can also work well—but I’ll do my best to keep it updated as new memory card models are released and I have a chance to use them.
Here’s more detailed information on these SD card recommendations for the Fujifilm X-T3.
ProGrade Digital V90 UHS-II SD Card
ProGrade Digital is a brand that might not be instantly familiar because it's quite new (although they've been making great progress in brand awareness in the past few years). It was created amongst the fallout from the upheaval at Lexar several years ago, with some of the experts leaving to start their own company.
ProGrade Digital is catering to the top end of the market, and having used several of their cards, I've found them to be excellent. (I also highly recommend their card readers, which are my main card readers now.)
SanDisk Extreme Pro V90 UHS-II SD Card
SanDisk is probably the best-known of the SD card manufacturers listed here, and the Extreme Pro range is their top model.
One thing to note with SanDisk cards is that they recycle their model names. So you can find Extreme cards that are older and slower. And, even more confusingly, you can also find another version of this card widely available—there are Extreme Pro UHS-I and UHS-II versions. The one I'm listing here is the one is the UHS-II version that is rated for 300 MB/s and V90. There are also UHS-I Extreme Pro cards that are rated for 170 MB/s and 200 MB/s.
You'll probably find those older versions work just fine--it really depends how far back you go--but you can tell the latest version because it's labeled with both V90 and UHS-II.
Lexar Professional 2000x Gold V90 UHS-II
This is the fastest card in the Lexar Professional line and is available in sizes from 32GB up to 256GB.
Kingston Canvas React Plus V90 UHS-II SD Card
- Type: SDXC / SDHC
- Video Speed Class: V90
- UHS Speed Class: UHS-II
- Storage Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Kingston is another 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.
But this card is an exception to that. It's Kingston's fastest model in their SD card lineup, designed for 4K and 8K video production and cinema cameras. And it's very quick indeed. It's available in sizes from 32GB to 256GB.
Delkin Devices Power V90 UHS-II
Delkin Devices have actually been around for years, but a few years ago they overhauled their SD card lineup to make it both clearer and more competitive. The Power range is their fastest line. This card is rated at V90 with UHS-II.
Angelbird AV PRO SD MK2 V90 UHS-II SD Card
Angelbird is a relatively new entrant in the memory card game, and they're a boutique manufacturer catering to the very top end of the market. And in my experience, their reputation for excellence is well deserved. These cards aren't always widely available, but they're well worth trying to track down. There's also a V60 version. It's also very good, but the one I'm including here is their faster V90 card.
Sony TOUGH-G V90 UHS-II SD Card
These Sony cards are quick, reliable, and fairly widely available. Sony also has SF-E and SF-M models. The SF-G is the fastest (it has a red "G" on the card next to the storage capacity).
PNY X-PRO90 V90 UHS-II SD Card
New Jersey-based PNY have been making very good flash memory for quite some time, and in my own tests I've found this card to be very fast--even slightly faster than the speeds they claim on the box. It comes in storage capacities of 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB.
Why Use a Fast Memory Card in the Fujifilm X-T3?
You can use slower SD cards in the X-T3. Many of the basic camera functions like standard single-shot stills photography or the low-bitrate video recording will work with slower cards for the simple reason that in those modes it’s not as crucial for the card to be able to keep up with a large stream of data being thrown at it in a short period of time.
The modes where you’ll run into trouble are the high-bitrate recording (eg. 4K at 400 Mbps) or the high-speed photo burst modes that take sequences of still images in rapid succession. If the card is too slow to keep up with those, you can get unwanted side effects like the recording stopping unexpectedly or the burst sequence being interrupted.
That’s why I’m focusing here on cards that allow you to use all of the X-T3’s capture modes: because I’m assuming that most people who shoot with an X-T3 probably want to have the option available of using the camera to its full potential. But if you never plan to use the high-bitrate video modes or the very high-speed burst photo modes, then you can get away with slower cards and ones that are UHS-I.
Using Two SD Card Slots on the Fujifilm X-T3
If you want to throw in a single memory card and head out shooting, you can. But the X-T3 has two SD card slots. And there are different ways to configure them.
My rule of thumb is that if a camera has two memory card slots, then I want to fill both of them. It’s not because the camera won’t work with only one slot filled—it will—but there are advantages to using two slots. They include having more raw storage space, being able to create backups on separate cards, and being able to separate different types of files (e.g. RAW and JPG or photos and video) onto separate cards as a way to streamline the rest of the workflow.
There are different ways to configure how the camera treats the two slots.
Sequential. This is the default setting. When the card in slot 1 fills up, it automatically rolls over to slot 2 (or the other way around, if you’ve set it that way in the options).
Backup. This creates two copies of each photo. One copy is recorded on each card.
RAW/JPG. This is a special mode that’s available only if you’ve selected one of the RAW+JPG options that saves both a RAW file and a JPG version of the same image. It splits up each file type, recording the RAW version on one card and the JPG on the other.
You find these options under the Settings (wrench icon) > Save Data Setting > Card Slot Setting menu item.
Do Both Cards Have to be the Same?
You don’t need to use exactly the same kind of memory card in each slot. They can be different brands, storage capacities, and speed ratings. To avoid complications, it makes sense to have them both fast enough, though.
In short: You can use the same kind of card in both slots, but it’s not a requirement.
How to Format the Memory Cards in the Fujifilm X-T3
The formatting process in the X-T3 is pretty straightforward. There’s no need to decode the differences between “deleting” and “formatting” as there is in some other cameras. On the X-T3 there’s just one process, and it does exactly what you’d expect: format the card to start fresh.
If you haven’t used a camera with two memory card slots before, the only difference in doing it here is that you have to do each card individually.
You will find the option under the Settings menu tab (the wrench icon) and then the User Setting item.
The first option is Format.
Then specify which card slot you want to format.
And finally, confirm that you want to erase all the data from the card.
How to Format SD Cards on a Computer
It’s always best practice to format memory cards in the camera you’re going to use them in, 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.
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