Best Memory Card for Canon DSLR Cameras – Choosing the Best SD Card for Video on Canon Cameras


So you just got a Canon DSLR camera but
don’t know which memory card to get? Let’s figure out which one is the best
one for your camera. Hey everyone, Camber here showing you how to
use your camera to make good videos; so if you’re new, consider subscribing. Today I
want to show you what is the best memory card for video for your Canon DSLR
camera. And I made another video a while back explaining what all the different
numbers on SD cards mean and how to pick the best one for video based on your
camera’s max recording bitrate. However, the most common question I still get
asked on that video is, “Hey, I just got this camera. What’s the best memory card
for it?” So go ahead and let me know down in the comments what kind of Canon DSLR
you’re using. What I’m gonna do in this video is group all the cameras by their
max recording bitrate and then show you what card I suggest, as well as how much
recording time that will give you when filming at the highest rate. I have links
for all the cards down below in the description so you can check that out
once you figure out which one you’ll need. And I also have timestamps below so
you can find your camera model and skip ahead to see what you’ll need. If
anything I say is confusing as far as card sizes or speed class ratings, then
just go check out this other video I made here explaining what all the
different numbers on the SD cards mean. So then you’ll understand what we’re
talking about here. First off we have the T6i with a max recording bitrate of
28.8 megabits per second. And what I suggest for this
camera is a 32GB SD card which will allow you to shoot at Full HD for
up to two and a half hours. And the card sizes I’m suggesting here are based on
getting you close to two hours or more of shooting time which is my own
personal minimum for when I’m out at live events so that I can leave my
cameras rolling and not worry about running out of space. But if you think
you need more space, you can always go with the 64GB card which will
double the amount of time you can record. Or if you need less, you can go with the
16GB card which will be half the time. Next we have the T6 and the T7,
which both shoot at a maximum of 46 megabits per second. For these I suggest
a 64GB card which will allow you to shoot a full HD for just over three
hours. Next we have the SL2 and the 6D Mark 2, which both shoot at a maximum of
60 megabits per second. And for these I suggest the same 64GB card, but since
these cameras have a higher recording bitrate, which will give you better
quality, that results in being able to shoot Full HD for about two hours and 20
minutes. In this next group of cameras that shoot at a maximum of 90 megabits
per second, we have the T7i, 77D, 80D, 7D Mark 2, and the 5D Mark 3. And for these I
suggest a 128GB, U3 card which will give you full HD for just over
three hours. I also suggest the same 128GB card for the SL3 and the 90D,
which both shoot at a maximum of 120 megabits per second giving you 4K for
about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Next we have the 5D Mark 4 which shoots at a
maximum of 500 megabits per second. And this camera takes both SD cards and
compact flash cards. You’ll need a 256 gigabyte compact flash card to shoot 4K
at that max bitrate of 500 megabits per second for 1 hour and 8 minutes. You can
also use SD cards, however, the SD card slot in this camera is only UHS-1
compatible which means you can only use cards that have a minimum sustained
write speed of U3 or V30. And higher rates than this require a UHS-2
compatible camera so if you try using an SD card to record at those 4K speeds,
you’ll probably start getting dropped frames and error messages in the camera.
But at Full HD you can shoot 60 frames per second at 180 megabits per second.
However, since most people are using 60 frames per second in smaller amounts
for slow-motion and filming at 24 frames per second which records at 90 megabits
per second on this camera, a 128GB, U3 card will give you full HD for just over three hours at 24 frames per second and
half that time when at 60 frames per second. And last we have the 1DX Mark 2,
which shoots at a maximum of 800 megabits per second in 4K at 60 frames per
second and 500 megabits per second in 4K at 24 frames per second. And this
camera takes both compact flash cards and CFast cards; however, compact flash
cards aren’t fast enough to handle the highest 4K bit rate of 800 megabits per
second. So a 512GB CFast card will give you 4K for 1 hour and 25
minutes at 60 frames per second and 2 hours and 16 minutes at 24 frames per second.
But these cards are quite expensive so a 256GB card will give you half
those times with 4K at 60 frames per second for 42 minutes and 4K at 24 frames
per second for 1 hour and 8 minutes. And those are the best memory cards that I
suggest for video based on the max recording bit rates of these various
Canon DSLR cameras. And again I have links down below in the description for
all these cards so you can find the one that I talked about for your camera,
click on the link, and it’ll take you right over to where you need to go. If you do
have any more questions go ahead and leave them down below in the comments
and I’ll try to clarify anything I can. If this video was helpful, please help me out by leaving
a like, subscribe if you haven’t, and I’ll see you soon!

11 Comments

  1. Camber Motion November 13, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    What Canon DSLR do you have? 📸 Let me know!👇🏼

  2. Prakash Thapa November 13, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    How to use nikon camera memory card plz tell me

  3. Francis M Wong November 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I got Sony RX100 Mark IV and it that okay for RAW photos and 4K videos record with Sony tough SD card 32GB?

  4. PeterFreitag November 13, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    very good, Thank you

  5. Nico in Fifine November 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    What a fantastic vid!Do you feel interested in testing our microphone?That is a kind of microphones which is suitable for filming:)

  6. It's A Date November 16, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Great video! Very helpful information if we do ever start using a DSLR.

  7. Ali K November 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Just bought SL3. Thank you for that video.

  8. Tony Kiser November 27, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I am using an old Canon EOS Rebel T3i..

  9. Alex Cambero December 7, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Great Video,
    I just got a Canon EOS Rebel T7, but not very sure about the SD that I need to buy, I'm looking for the one that can give me best performance.
    While reading the manual found:
    – SD, SDHC and SDXC Memor Cards

    – Compatible with SD Speed Class

    – Not compatible with UHS spped class cards

    The one that you suggest us is fully compatible? (San Disk Extreme Pro 64 GB 95/s)

    Thanks in advances

  10. z jaber December 26, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Got the sl3, however I mainly will be using for photography and a little bit of video.. What card do you recommend in that case?

  11. Music watch January 7, 2020 at 3:33 am

    great vid . Question my cf card on canon 1dx mkii always stops recording around a minute with a 256 card. any ideas?

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