Best SD Cards for Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R6 was released in July 2020 and it represents a new generation of Canon mirrorless cameras (along with EOS R5). The R6 is the more affordable option and features a 20MP full-frame sensor, in-body image stabilization, 4K video recording at up to 60 fps (with no crop), fully articulating touchscreen, Dual Pixel autofocus and much more. Although this is a very capable camera for photography, we believe videographers will enjoy it even more! With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for Canon EOS R6.

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Best SD Memory Cards for EOS R6

The EOS R6 comes with two SD card slots, both of which support UHS-II cards. Of course, you can use older and slower UHS-I cards in both slots, but we highly recommend getting faster UHS-II cards as they are necessary for optimal use of this camera. After all it is very capable and offers 12 fps burst shooting mode along with 4K video recording. Alright, here are the best SD cards for Canon R6:

Best UHS-II SD cards for Canon EOS R6 (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

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

SD CARD READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB UHS-I U3 V30 Up to 170 MB/s Up to 90 MB/s
Kingston Canvas React 128GB UHS-I U3 Up to 100 MB/s Up to 80 MB/s
Transcend 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 95 MB/s Up to 60 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for 4K Video on Canon EOS R6

Like we mentioned earlier, this camera can shoot 4K videos at up to 60 fps. When you’re recording 4K at the highest frame rate, the EOS R6 uses a 340 Mbit/s (42.5 MB/s) codec. The situation is different when you’re recording 4K at 24 or 30 fps. In these modes, the camera uses a 170 Mbit/s (21.25 MB/s). Finally, when you’re shooting slow-motion 120 fps video in 1080p, the EOS R6 requires data stream of 180 Mbit/s (22.5 MB/s). And while the fastest UHS-I may be enough for lower demanding codecs, we highly suggest going with UHS-II cards, especially if you plan on using this camera to its fullest potential.

Conclusion

Canon EOS R6 is an excellent camera for videographers and a very good choice for photography as well (unless you need to take really high-resolution photos). We suggest getting a few UHS-II cards for this camera, but you can also grab one or two UHS-I cards for general photography, if you’re looking to save some money.

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