Memory Cards

Speed tests, reviews, recommendations, and tips related to using SD, microSD, CompactFlash, CFexpress, CFAST, and XQD memory cards in digital cameras.


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What are UHS-III Memory Cards?

UHS-III is one of several up-and-coming technologies to make memory cards faster so as to keep up with the needs of capturing 8K, 360-degree, and virtual reality footage. But there’s no point in rushing out now and buying a UHS-III card (even if you could).

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Nikon Zf Memory Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Nikon Zf has to offer you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

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Nikon Z7 II Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z7 II has two memory cards slots. Here are some practical recommendations on which memory cards are good choices to take advantage of all of the camera’s features.

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Sony a6700 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to choose the right SD card for your camera, and the Sony a6700 has some particularly high-end features that demand a very fast SD card. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards are good choices for the a6700 in order to be able to use all of the camera’s features.

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SD vs. SDHC vs. SDXC vs. SDUC Memory Cards

SD is shorthand for the entire category and form factor. But there are actual several categories of SD cards that are important when it comes to choosing the right type that’s compatible with your camera.

Fujifilm X-S20 camera

Fujifilm X-S20 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the best SD card for the Fujifilm X-S20. There are a lot of confusing codes and marketing hype to cut through. So here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your X-S20.

Canon EOS R10 Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS R10 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the best SD card for your Canon R10. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for this camera so that you can make use of all the camera’s features.

How to Format SD Cards on Mac

Want to make sure you format SD cards on your Mac the the right way? Here’s a step-by-step guide for formatting both SD and microSD cards on Mac using two free tools to make sure that the card is ready for use in your camera or device.

SD Express / microSD Express Speed Class Table

SD Express Cards & microSD Express Cards Explained

A newer, faster version of SD and microSD cards is on the way.

They look like existing SD and microSD cards, although they’re a lot faster. It might sound like you’re getting a faster, better card, but you’re almost certainly not (at least, not yet).

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SD Card Speeds: X vs MB/s

Some SD cards have speed ratings marked with the X system rather than the more conventional MB/s. Here’s how to make sense of it.

Fujifilm X-S10 Camera

Fujifilm X-S10 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. There are a lot of confusing codes and marketing hype to cut through. So here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Fujifilm X-S10.

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Nikon Z6 II Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z6 II has two memory cards slots. Here are some practical recommendations on which memory cards are good choices to take advantage of all of the camera’s features.

Canon EOS R8

Canon R8 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Canon EOS R8.

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Nikon Z8 Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z8 is an awesome camera. But if you want to be able to use all of the camera’s features, you can’t just put any old memory card in it. Here are some recommendations on which memory cards to get to take full advantage of all of the impressive features available on the Z8.

Canon EOS R50

Canon EOS R50 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Canon EOS R50.

Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS R5 Memory Card Recommendations

Wondering which memory cards to get for the Canon EOS R5? Here are some recommendations for CFexpress and SD cards are fast enough to use all of the R5’s features.

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Fujifilm X-T5 SD Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Fujifilm X-T5 has to offer you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

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How Much 4K Video Can 512GB Hold?

Looking to record 4K video? See how much 4K video fits on a 512GB memory card at various video bitrates. Calculate how much 4K footage you can get with this interactive chart and calculator.

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How Much 4K Video Can 64GB Hold?

Looking to record 4K video? See how much 4K video fits on a 64GB memory card at various video bitrates. Calculate how much 4K footage you can get with this interactive chart and calculator.

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How Much 4K Video Can 128GB Hold?

Looking to record 4K video? See how much 4K video fits on a 128GB memory card at various video bitrates. Calculate how much 4K footage you can get with this interactive chart and calculator.

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Olympus OM-1 Memory Card Recommendations

The Olympus OM-1 doesn’t come standard with memory cards, and some of its features require cards that are fast enough to keep up. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards to get.

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How Much 4K Video Can 256GB Hold?

Looking to record 4K video? See how much 4K video fits on a 256GB memory card at various video bitrates. Calculate how much 4K footage you can get with this interactive chart and calculator.

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Sony a7III Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of memory card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Sony a7III.

Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Z5 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards will work well in the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera’s dual SD card slots.

Fujifilm X-T4 SD Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Fujifilm X-T4 has to offer and not run into errors, dropped frames, or lockups, you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

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Types of SD Cards Explained

There are several different types of SD card, as well as multiple speed rating systems and cryptic codes. Here’s a rundown of what the differences are.

Nikon D610 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here’s a rundown of what kinds of memory cards you need for the Nikon D610’s dual memory card slots, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Nikon D500 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a little trick to what kind of memory cards the Nikon D500 takes. That’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update to add CFexpress B compatibility to the XQD memory card slot.

Canon EOS Rebel T7

Canon Rebel T7 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that will work well in the Canon Rebel T7.

Nikon Z50 Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z50 doesn’t come with a memory card standard. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards work well in this camera to take advantage of all of the Z50’s features.

Fujifilm X-T30 Camera Front View

Fujifilm X-T30 SD Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Fujifilm X-T30, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 2000D Memory Card Recommendations

The Canon EOS 2000D doesn’t come standard with a memory card. So here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that will work well in the Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Nikon COOLPIX P950 Camera

Nikon COOLPIX P950 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon COOLPIX P950.

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Canon M50 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Canon EOS M50.

Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera

Nikon D3200 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Nikon D3200 DSLR.

Canon EOS 200D Mark II DSLR Camera Front View

Canon 200D Mark II Memory Card Recommendations

The Canon EOS 200D Mark II doesn’t come with a memory card as standard, and the instruction manual isn’t very helpful on the topic. So here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards will work well in the 200D II.

Nikon D3500 Setup Menu Screenshot: Format Memory Card Confirmation

How to Format an SD Card in a Nikon D3500

Formatting the SD card in your Nikon D3500 is an important step that you should do regularly to reduce the risk of file corruption and issues in saving your photos and videos. Here’s how to do it.

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Sony A1 Memory Card Recommendations

The new Sony a1 (Alpha 1) high-end mirrorless camera takes both CFexpress A and SD cards. Here’s a rundown of what works and what doesn’t.

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Nikon D850 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a little trick to what kind of memory cards the Nikon D850 takes, and that’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update a few years after the camera was released.

Nikon D750 DSLR Camera

Nikon D750 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations on which cards to get for the Nikon D780 DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 1300D DSLR Camera

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.

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Nikon Z6 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a small but important trick to what kind of memory card the Nikon Z6 takes, and that’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update after the camera was released.

Sony Alpha 6500 Mirorrless Camera

Sony a6500 Memory Card Recommendations

The Sony a6500 doesn’t come with a memory card standard. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards work well in this camera to take advantage of all of the a6500’s features.

Canon EOS 700D DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 700D Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Canon 700D.

Sony a6600 Mirrorless Camera

Sony a6600 Memory Card Recommendations

The Sony a6600 doesn’t come with a memory card standard. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards work well in this camera to take advantage of all of the a6600’s features.

Sony A6100 Camera

Sony a6100 Memory Card Recommendations

The Sony Alpha a6100 mirrorless camera doesn’t come with a memory card as standard. Here are some practical recommendations on what SD card to get for it to take full advantage of the camera’s features.

Sony a6400 Memory Cards

Sony a6400 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on the best SD card for Sony a6400 cameras.

Sony DSC-HX99 Compact Camera

Sony HX99 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Sony HX99 compact camera.

Sony DSC-RX0 Miniature Camera

Sony RX0 SD 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 the Sony RX0 ultra-compact camera.

FujiFilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3 SD Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Fujifilm X-T3 has to offer you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

Nikon D3500 DSLR

Nikon D3500 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon D3500 DSLR.

Olympus TG-5

Olympus TG-5 SD Card Recommendations

It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Olympus Tough TG-5.

Sony Alpha a6000 memory cards

Sony a6000 Memory Card Recommendations

Here are some recommendations for which memory cards work best in the a6000. In some shooting modes, the Sony a6000 can be picky about what memory card you put into it.

WD My Passport Wireless Pro

WD My Passport Wireless Pro Hands-on Review

The WD MyPassport Wireless Pro combines an SD memory card reader, an internal hard drive, and a rechargeable battery into a pack-friendly device for backing up photos from a memory card while traveling.

Nikon D7500 SD Card Slot

Nikon D7200 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that work well in your Nikon D7200, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Nikon D7500 SD Card Slot

Nikon D7100 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon D7200 DSLR.

Canon Rebel T6 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Canon Rebel T6.

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Nikon D3400 DSLR, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

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Fastest MicroSD Card Speed Tests

Need a fast microSD card? If you’re shooting 4K, 5K, or 8K video, high-speed burst-mode photos, or some other demanding use, speed matters. These are the results from my independent speed tests of the fastest microSD cards. Updated February 2024.

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Fastest SD Card Speed Test Results

I’ve been buying and testing SD cards and posting the results here for 8 years. These are the fastest SD cards I’ve found so far. I regularly test new cards and update the table and rankings below.

Canon Rebel T3i Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. It’s not easy to know which is the right type of SD card for your camera. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Canon Rebel T3i, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Nikon D5300 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon D5300.

Digital Memory Cards

Do Camera Memory Cards Wear Out?

Digital memory cards are tough little things, but it’s still possible to wear them out. At least in theory. But it’s not a practical concern for the vast majority of photographers.