Best SD Memory Cards for Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III

Almost five years after the release of the E-M5 Mark II, Olympus released its successor. Olympus E-M5 Mark III brings many useful new updates and features, including a 20MP sensor (same one as on the E-M1 Mark II), 30 fps burst shooting, even better sensor stabilization, 4K recording, and better weather sealing. To top it all off, the camera is now even lighter making it a great choice for travelers and people who don’t want to lug around a heavy camera. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best memory cards for Olympus E-M5 Mark III.

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

Unsurprisingly and just like its predecessor, the E-M5 Mark III also supports fast UHS-II cards and that’s great because you’ll need them if you want to get the most out of this camera. Things like 4K video recording using the best codec or burst shooting at 30 fps definitely require fast UHS-II cards. If you don’t plan on using some of these high-end features, you can also save some money by getting a UHS-I card, but we don’t suggest that. Anyway, here are the best SD cards for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III.

UHS-II Cards:
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:
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB UHS-I U3 V30 Up to 90 MB/s Up to 170 MB/s
Lexar Professional 1066x 128GB SDXC 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 III

The E-M5 Mark III received significant updates in the video department. It can now shoot 4K video at up to 30 fps and 1080p video at up to 120 fps. The best codec you can use in the DCI 4K shooting mode requires 237 Mbit/s (29.6 MB/s) data throughput, meaning that you should be using UHS-II cards if you plan on shooting in this mode.


If you don’t mind the micro 4/3 sensor, this may currently be one of the best cameras on the market right now if you need a lightweight camera with a lot of lens options. It’s also great for vloggers and video shooters in general, because of the fully articulating screen and the fact that the in-body image stabilization is that good. We hope our guide helped you pick the right memory card for your E-M5 Mark III.

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