Best SD Memory Cards for Canon R5

Canon released their first full-frame mirrorless camera in 2018 (EOS R) and two years later they came out with two brand new models. Canon EOS R6 is aimed at enthusiasts and is more affordable. The EOS R5, which is the subject of this guide, is a pricier model geared towards photography and videography professionals. It offers features like a high-resolution 45MP sensor, 8K video recording, 4K recording at up to 120 fps, IBIS, high-resolution EFV and more! With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best memory cards for Canon EOS R5.

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Best SD Cards for Canon R5

Like you’d expect from a professional camera, the EOS R5 comes with two memory card slots. One slot supports blazing fast CFexpress cards while the other one has support for UHS-II SD memory cards. For general use cases and backups the UHS-II card is enough, but we believe every owner of this camera should grab at least a few CFexpress cards. These faster memory cards are necessary for 8K video recording and data hungry 12 fps burst shooting mode. Here are the best CFexpress and UHS-II memory cards for Canon R5.

CFexpress Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
Sony TOUGH CFexpress Memory Card Type B 256 GB Up to 1480 MB/s Up to 1700 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Type B 256 GB Up to 1200 MB/s Up to 1700 MB/s
UHS-II Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
Sony Tough-G Series SDXC 128GB UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 299 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2000X 128GB SDXC UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 260 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
ProGrade Digital 128GB UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 250 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
UHS-I Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB UHS-I U3 V30 Up to 90 MB/s Up to 170 MB/s
Kingston Canvas React 128GB UHS-I U3 Up to 80 MB/s Up to 100 MB/s
Transcend 128GB UHS-I U3 Up to 60 MB/s Up to 95 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for Video on EOS R5

The EOS R5 is one of the most capable video cameras on the market right now. It can shoot 8K video at up to 30 fps and 4K video at up to 120 fps. The 8K video recording codec is extremely demanding (especially when you’re shooting RAW) and requires data stream of 2600 Mbit/s (325 MB/s). It’s still very demanding even when you’re not shooting in RAW at 1300 Mbit/s (162.5 MB/s). The same goes for 4K at 120 fps, as it uses a 1800 Mbit/s (225 MB/s) codec.

Essentially, you can forget about using UHS-II cards for these recording modes, as only CFexpress memory cards can handle these speeds. UHS-II cards are a great choice for photographers but videographers should make sure to have a couple of CFexpress cards as Canon EOS R5 is very data hungry.

Conclusion

Canon EOS R5 is without a doubt one of the most powerful mirrorless cameras on the market right now and it will probably take a while before someone dethrones it. It takes high-resolution photos, offers fast burst shooting and has spectacular video modes including 8K video and 4K recording at up to 120 fps. We hope that this guide helped you pick the right memory card for your Canon EOS R5.

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