Best SD Cards for Sony A6500 and A6300

Sony released their latest APS-C mirrorless camera, A6500, just nine months after A6300 became available in March of 2016. However, Sony A6500 isn’t here to replace its older brother, as the Japanese company will continue selling both cameras. Of course, the A6500 has some additional features like 5-axis image stabilization and the touchscreen, but none of these really matter for us when it comes to choosing best SD cards for Sony A6500 or A6300. There are essentially no differences when it comes to the speed at which these two cameras write photos and videos.

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Best SD Memory Cards for Sony A6500 and A6300

Just like many other E-Mount cameras, the Sony A6500 and A6300 have pretty low write speeds at about 32MB/s. These cameras support only UHS-I SD cards, which means that there’s no advantage to buying priceier UHS-II cards. However, if you want to transfer files from your cards as fast as possible to your computer, then buying a UHS-II memory card still makes sense. Keep in mind that A6500 and A6300 will work even with SD cards that are slower than UHS-I compatible cards, but we suggest against this as you may run into multiple complications like not being able to record 4K video. With that said, here are some of the best SD cards you can buy for Sony A6500/A6300.

UHS-I cards (ranked by write speed):

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
Lexar 633x 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 95 MB/s Up to 45 MB/s

UHS-II cards (ranked by write speed):

Lexar 64GB 2000x UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 MB/s
Transcend 32GB UHS-II U3 Up to 285 MB/s Up to 180 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for 4K Recording on A6500 and A6300

If you plan on shooting 4K video with your Sony A6500 or A6300 camera, then you have to make sure that an SD card you’re buying is U3 capable. U3 cards have a guaranteed minimum writing speed of 30 MB/s, which is enough for the 100 Mbit/s (12.5 MB/s) XAVC S codec Sony is using in their APS-C mirrorless cameras like A6500 and A6300. This means that any U3 card should be capable of recording 4K with these cameras, but we advise on sticking to the ones we suggested above for optimal performance.


We hope this article helped you find a good SD card for your Sony A6500/A6300 camera. It’s really amazing that Sony managed to pack in so many great features in these small bodies, but we really hope that the next iterations are going to feature even faster writing speeds or even better – UHS-II support.

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