Best SD Cards for Canon EOS R

Canon finally entered the full frame mirrorless camera market with the recent release of Canon EOS R. Their first mirrorless camera features a 30MP sensor, like the one found in Canon 5D Mark IV, and claims to have the world’s fastest autofocus system with 5,655 AF points. The camera is also interesting to video shooters as it can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for Canon EOS R.

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Best SD Memory Cards for Canon EOS R

The EOS R comes with just one SD memory card slot, which supports UHS-II cards. Of course, the slot also supports older UHS-I cards, but we wouldn’t recommend using these cards if you are serious about shooting video, especially if you want to shoot at the highest quality this camera offers. UHS-II card is also a better choice if you plan on shooting a lot of action as well (EOS R features burst shooting up to 8fps) as faster cards help the camera clear its buffer faster.

Best UHS-II SD cards for Canon EOS R (ranked by write speeds):

SD CARD READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
Sony SF-G High Performance 64GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 299 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 MB/s
Delkin Power 64GB V90 UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 250 MB/s
Transcend 64GB UHS-II U3 Up to 285 MB/s Up to 180 MB/s

UHS-I SD cards (ranked by write speeds):

SD CARD READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 95 MB/s Up to 90 MB/s
Kingston 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 90 MB/s Up to 80 MB/s
Sony 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 94 MB/s Up to 70 MB/s
Transcend 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 95 MB/s Up to 60 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 90 MB/s Up to 60 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for 4K Video on Canon EOS R

Like we previously mentioned, Canon EOS R can record 4K video at up to 30fps. Two options are offered by Canon. You can shoot either at 120 Mbit/s (15 Mb/s) or 480Mbps (60 MB/s). In the first case, basically any card from the list above will be good enough. However, if you plan on recording in the highest quality, you should stick to fastest UHS-II cards or ones rated as V60 or V90. Our recommendation would be the Sony G High Performance UHS-II SD card (first card on the UHS-II list).

We should also note that the camera can also shoot 1080p video at up to 60fps and the codec is not that demanding at 180 Mbit/s (22.5 MB/s), which means that any UHS-II or UHS-I card from our list will have no issues with it.

Conclusion

Canon EOS R is a pretty good full frame mirrorless camera that takes excellent photos and has some pretty good video features as well. Our suggestion would be to grab a few UHS-II SD cards for this camera, unless you’ll be shooting mainly photos. If that’s the case, UHS-I cards can do the trick as well.

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