Best SD Memory Cards for Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II

The E-M5 Mark II is certainly not the newest mirrorless camera out there. It was released in 2015, but if you need an affordable micro 4/3 camera with excellent in-body image stabilization, it’s still a solid choice, especially if you can get it during a discount. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best memory cards for Olympus E-M5 Mark II.

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

Although it’s been about four years since the release of this camera (at the time of writing this article), it supports speedy UHS-II cards. And while the write speeds of UHS-II cards are essentially twice as fast than UHS-I memory cards on the E-M5 Mark II, most people probably won’t be able to take advantage of this fact. However, if you do a lot of burst shooting or plan to upgrade to a newer camera sometime in the future, it may be wise to invest in a UHS-II camera. Here are the best SD cards for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

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 Select Plus 128GB UHS-I V30 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 Olympus E-M5 Mark II

If there’s a lack of a feature that’s showing the age of this camera, it’s probably the absence of 4K video recording. This camera is limited to 1080p recording at up to 60 fps. Since this camera doesn’t have a demanding codec, pretty much any card will be able to handle video recording on the E-M5 Mark II with ease.

Conclusion

When it comes to buying a memory card for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, you essentially have two options. If you’re working with a bigger budget, definitely grab a UHS-II SD card because it will not only offer faster write speeds during burst shooting, but it will work great with any future camera you may get. However, if you want to go with a cheaper SD card that will work equally well on the E-M5 Mark II (in almost all situations), go with a UHS-I card.

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