Best SD Cards for Panasonic S1 and S1R

Panasonic S1 and S1R and the company’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, and after months of teasing us they finally released these two cameras in early February 2019.  The S1 sports a 24.2MP sensor, while the S1R has a resolution of 47.3MP. Unlike micro 4/3 cameras from Panasonic that focus on video, the Japanese company made sure to mention that their full-frame cameras are mainly aimed at photographers. However, they also have pretty good video specs, and are the first full-frame mirrorless cameras to shoot 4K video at up to 60 fps.

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If you’re just getting into the mirrorless world the S1 or S1R may be a good option, but keep in mind that these cameras are new and there still aren’t too many options when it comes to lenses. However, the roadmap is looking good. With that said, let’s check out some of the best SD cards for Panasonic S1 and S1R.

Best Memory Cards for Panasonic S1 and S1R

These two cameras have one card slot that supports ultra-fast XQD cards, as well as an SD card slot that supports UHS-II speeds. Speedy cards are necessary because this cameras can do 9 fps in burst shooting and this is quite a bit of data. Also, both of these camera offer a feature called High-Res Mode, which allows you to take 96MP (on the S1) and 187MP (on the S1R) photos. Both of these features require fast cards, which means you should at least get a UHS-II card for this camera. If you don’t mind spending extra cash, you can also get a XQD card as well. Technically, you can use UHS-I cards with this camera as well, but we strongly suggest against it and this is why we will only include XQD and UHS-II cards below.

Best XQD memory cards for Panasonic S1/S1R (ranked by write speeds):

XQD Card READ SPEED WRITE SPEED SEE PRICE
Sony Professional XQD G Series 128GB Up to 440 MB/s Up to 400 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2933x 128GB XQD Up to 440 MB/s Up to 400 MB/s

Best UHS-II SD cards for Panasonic S1/S1R (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

Recommended SD Cards for 4K Video on Panasonic S1 and S1R

Like we previously mentioned, Panasonic S1 and S1R can shoot 4K video at up to 60 fps, which is amazing option to have on a full-frame camera, however, the codec appears more limited than on the Panasonic GH5, for example. The best codec you can choose record video at 150 Mbit/s (18.75 MB/s), which is definitely not demanding and any XQD or UHS-II card will be able to handle it with ease. In comparison, the GH5’s codec is more demanding (400 Mbit/s or 50 MB/s). However, Panasonic said that these S1 and S1R are aimed at photographers first and foremost, so this is understandable.

Conclusion

And while Panasonic says these cameras are for photographers, they are still an excellent choice for videographers, although a much more costly option than GH5, for example. One thing is for sure – the S1 and S1R seem like great options, especially if you aren’t already invested in a different mirrorless ecosystem. As for the memory cards – we definitely suggest going with UHS-II cards, and if money’s not an issue, we’d pick up an XQD card as well.

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