Best SD Cards for Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP is the company’s second full-frame mirrorless camera. Compared to the EOS R, it sports a lower resolution sensor (26MP), just like the one found on its DSLR counterpart – 6D Mark II. The EOS RP definitely has less features than the R, but it is incredibly light and very affordable. In fact, it is one of the cheapest full-frame mirrorless cameras of 2019 as of the moment of writing this article. If you primarily need a full-frame camera for photography – the EOS RP is actually a pretty good choice. When it comes to filmmaking, we believe there are much better options on the market. With that said, let’s check out some of the best SD cards for Canon EOS RP.

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Best Memory Cards for Canon EOS RP

Just like the EOS R, the new Canon RP sports a single SD memory cards slot, which supports UHS-II cards. Of course, the slot also supports older UHS-I cards as well. Compared to the EOS R, there’s definitely less need for the fast UHS-II cards as the RP offers 5 fps burst shooting (vs 8 on EOS R) and records video in a lower bitrate codec. However, if you want to future proof your purchase, we still recommend getting UHS-II memory cards, but if you want to save some money feel free to grab a UHS-I card.

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

SD CARD READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
Sony SF-G High Performance 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 299 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2000X 64GB SDXC UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-II U3 Up to 300 MB/s Up to 260 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 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
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 Canon EOS RP

The RP can record 4K video, but unfortunately, it is limited to 24 or 25 fps. The codec isn’t very demanding at 120 Mbit/s (15MB/s), which means any UHS-I memory card will be enough, and you definitely don’t need UHS-II card for video recording on Canon EOS RP. In comparison, the EOS R offers 480 Mbit/s codec in 4K as well, but this option isn’t available on the RP.

We should also mention camera can also shoot 1080p video at up to 60fps, but the codec this mode uses is even less demanding at 60 Mbit/s (7.5 MB/s).

Conclusion

We believe the EOS RP is actually a pretty decent full-frame mirrorless camera for photographers, but not so much for videographers, although some people could probably make it work. One this is certain – it is definitely affordable for a full-frame camera. As for the SD cards – we suggest getting UHS-I cards if you want to save some money because they can handle essentially everything this camera can throw with it. However, if you want to future proof your purchase – grab a UHS-II SD card or two. Happy shooting!

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