Best SD Memory Cards for Olympus OMD EM1X

The E-M1X was released in 2019 and it represents the best Olympus camera you can buy at the time of writing this guide, and quite possibly the best micro 4/3 camera (at least for photography). It has the same great 20MP sensor found in the E-M1 Mark II, excellent image stabilization, huge battery life thanks to the built-in battery grip, 4K video recording, 15 fps continuous shooting mode, as well as 80MP high-resolution mode.

These are all great features, but we think this is a speciality camera and for most users the E-M1 Mark II or E-M5 Mark III is going to be a better and more affordable choice. However, if you know why you need the E-M1X, then definitely go for it as it’s a great micro 4/3 camera. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best memory cards for Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

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Best SD Cards for Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Firstly, this camera features two memory card slot, both of which support UHS-II SD cards. If you want optimal performance from your E-M1X (especially if you plan on doing a lot of burst shooting or taking photos in high-resolution mode), we definitely suggest investing in UHS-II cards. If you want to save some money, you can still use UHS-I cards, but we’d go with the newer and faster option. Here are the best SD cards for Olympus E-M1X.

UHS-II Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
Sony Tough-G Series SDXC 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 299 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2000X 128GB SDXC UHS-II U3 Up to 260 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB UHS-II U3 Up to 260 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 64GB UHS-I U3 Up to 60 MB/s Up to 95 MB/s

Recommended SD Cards for Video on Olympus E-M1X

The focus of this camera isn’t video recording, but it can still shoot beautiful DCI 4K video (4096x2160p) at 237 Mbit/s or 29.6 MB/s. It can also record standard UHD 4K at 102 Mbit/s (12.75 MB/s). Of course, UHS-II card will have absolutely no problems with these data rates, as well as high-quality UHS-I cards like the ones we suggested.

Conclusion

Like we already mentioned, the E-M1X is definitely an interesting camera but it’s not for everyone. We hope that our guide helped you choose the right SD card for your Olympus E-M1X.

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