Best SD Cards for Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5 was released in July 2020 and it represents the best of what Canon has to offer right now! This camera is geared towards professionals and its specs and price definitely reflect that. The camera packs a 45MP full-frame sensor, 8K video recording with support for RAW, in-body image stabilization, Dual Pixel autofocus, a high-resolution fully-articulating touchscreen and so much more. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for Canon EOS R5.

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Best SD Memory Cards for EOS R5

The EOS R5 comes with two card slots, one of which support extremely fast CFexpress cards, while the other one is limited to UHS-II cards. We recommend UHS-II cards for general purpose photography, while CFexpress cards are best suited for continuous shooting and 8K/4K video recording. Without further ado, here are the best memory cards for Canon EOS R5.

Best CFexpress memory cards for Canon EOS R5 (ranked by write speeds):

 

Best UHS-II SD cards for Canon EOS R5 (ranked by write speeds):

SD CARD READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
Sony Tough-G Series 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 299 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2000X 128GB SDXC UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 MB/s
Sony TOUGH-M series 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 277 MB/s Up to 150 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for 8K and 4K Video on Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5 offers some pretty amazing specs in the video department. It can shoot 8K video (in RAW) at up to 30 fps while using a 2600 Mbit/s (translates to about 325 MB/s) codec. When you’re not recording in RAW the camera is still data hungry at 1300 Mbit/s (162.5 MB/s). Besides the 8K mode, another video recording mode that requires a lot of data throughput is 4K at 120 fps (1800 Mbit/s or 225 MB/s). You can’t use UHS-II cards for any of these modes, so we highly suggest buying a few CFexpress memory cards if you’re serious about using EOS R5 for videography.

Conclusion

Canon EOS R5 is a truly impressive mirrorless camera that’s an amazing choice for both photography and videography professionals. In our opinion, getting a few CFexpress cards for this camera is a must, but the more affordable UHS-II SD cards are also a solid choice for less demanding use cases like photography (with the exception of burst shooting).

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