Best SD Cards for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

More than four years after the release of E-M5 Mark II, Olympus decided to update its popular camera. The E-M5 Mark III now features a 20MP micro 4/3 sensor (found on the E-M1 Mark II), 30 fps burst shooting, even better in-body image stabilization, 4K video recording, improved weather sealing and a new OLED EVF. With all that said, let’s take a look at some of the best SD cards for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III.

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Best Memory Cards for Olympus E-M5 III

Choosing the right SD card for this camera isn’t particularly difficult. It has one SD card slot, which supports fast UHS-II cards. If you want to get the most out of your camera, we suggest grabbing a UHS-II card. Of course, if you’re just a beginner shooter, a UHS-I card will probably be good enough for you. However, if you don’t mind spending a bit more, we definitely suggest getting a UHS-II card. Here are the best SD cards for Olympus E-M5 Mark III.

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 Video Recording on E-M5 Mark III

Unlike its predecessor that couldn’t shoot 4K video, the E-M5 Mark III does support 4K recording at up to 30 fps. It also records 1080p video at up to 120 fps. When it comes to 4K, you actually have two options – DCI 4K (4096 x 2160p) at 237 Mbit/s (29.6 MB/s) or UltraHD (3840 x 2160p) at 100 Mbit/s (12.5 MB/s). If you plan on shooting a lot of DCI 4K we suggest getting a UHS-II card. In all other cases, a UHS-I card will do just fine.

Conclusion

The E-M5 Mark III looks like a very interesting camera for people who don’t mind the micro 4/3 sensor and are looking for a very lightweight camera with amazing stabilization and great lens selection. Hopefully, our article helped you choose the right SD card for the E-M5 Mark III

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