Best SD Cards for Panasonic GH5

When Panasonic finally revealed the full specs of its new flagship camera during CES 2017, it was immediately clear that this camera will be a hit among video shooters. Its 20MP sensor can take pretty decent photos as well, but video features are definitely GH5’s main strength. After all, it can record 4K video at up to 60 fps! With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for GH5.

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Best SD Memory Cards for Panasonic GH5

Let us start off by saying that GH5 is one of the first mirrorless cameras to feature dual UHS-II SD card slots, which is a really great option to have. In order to fully utilize the potential of your of this camera, we suggest buying UHS-II cards, but for people who mainly shoot photos, UHS-I cards can be a decent option as well. Keep in mind that a UHS-II card will not only allow your camera to write files fast, but you’ll be able to transfer files from the camera to your computer quicker as well.

Best UHS-II SD cards for GH5 (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 GH5

Choosing a right SD card for 4K video recording on GH5 is where it gets a bit tricky. Let us explain. The GH5 ships with option to record 4K videos up to 60 fps with a bitrate of 150 Mbit/s (18.75 MB/s) and 1080p at up to 180 fps with a bitrate of 200 Mbit/s (25 MB/s). This means that your SD card has a constant minimum writing speed of at least 18.75 MB/s if you want to shoot 4K video at 60 fps or 25MB/s if you want to shoot at 180 fps without any dropped frames. Of course, UHS-II cards listed above will have no problem with this, but this isn’t the case with every UHS-I card out there. This is why we suggesting spending more money on UHS-II cards.

We must also mention that there’s an upcoming firmware update for the GH5 (this update is now available), which will allow users to record 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video at 400 Mbit/s (50 MB/s) internally to an SD card. If you plan on shooting in this format, then you definitely need a UHS-II card.

Make sure you also check out our article on best Panasonic GH5 accessories.

Conclusion

Panasonic GH5 is a great camera for video shooters and it is the first mirrorless camera that captures 4K video at up to 60 fps and 1080 at up to 180 fps, which makes it very versatile. Depending on the type of shooting that you plan to do with your GH5, these are your options when it comes to SD cards:

  1. In case you plan on shooting video in one of the formats that are available at launch, then you can buy one of the UHS-II cards suggested above.
  2. If you don’t care about video (perhaps you should rethink your choice of GH5 then) and are going to shoot mostly photos, you can go with one of the top UHS-I cards from our list above.
  3. If you have the need to shoot 10-bit video at 400 Mbit/s, which will become an option after the firmware update, we suggest buying one of the fastest UHS-II cards available.

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