Best SD Cards for Olympus PEN E-PL9

Olympus’ latest iteration of its PEN lineup of compact mirrorless cameras, the E-PL9 is a great choice for first-time camera buyers who want an upgrade from their smartphone, but don’t want to carry around a bulky DSLR. It is also among the cheapest mirrorless cameras on the market today as well, which is another plus. The E-PL9 has a 16MP sensor, a 3-inch tilting touchscreen, shoots 4K video, and weighs just 13.40 oz or 380 grams (and that’s with battery and SD card). It is definitely a capable beginner’s camera and with that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for Olympus PEN E-PL9.

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Best SD Memory Cards for Olympus PEN E-PL9

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this entry level mirrorless camera from Olympus comes with only one SD card slot that supports just UHS-I cards. After all, UHS-II card slots are reserved for professional cameras. Generally, we suggest that buyers of mid-range cameras opt for speedy UHS-II cards (if they can afford it), especially if they plan on upgrading to a better camera in the future. However, since PEN E-PL9 is a beginner’s camera, we believe UHS-I card will be more than enough, and this is why we included only a list of compatible UHS-I memory cards in this article.

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 Olympus PEN E-PL9

PEN E-PL9 can shoot 4K video at up to 30 fps and uses a 102 Mbit/s (12.75 MB/s), which is not very demanding and any SD card on our list will be able to handle it without any issues.

Conclusion

If you are looking to step up your photography game, Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a pretty solid choice, and we hope this article helped you choose a right SD card for your new camera.

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