Best SD Memory Cards for Sony A6500

Sony A6500 is a great camera to buy these days as it is greatly discounted compared to when it first came out. It is also still the only A6000 series camera that has in-body image stabilization, which makes it a great option for people who need this feature (especially videographers). Sure, the newly released Sony A6400 comes with some better features like faster autofocus and a flip-up screen, but if you want a Sony APS-C camera and need IBIS – the A6500 is the camera to get. That being said, let’s take a look at the best memory cards for Sony A6500.

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Best SD Cards for Sony A6500

Like all other Sony A6000 series cameras, the A6500 also has just one SD card slot that supports UHS-I cards. You could buy a UHS-II card if you plan on upgrading to a better camera in the future, but won’t get any benefits from fast UHS-II cards on the A6500. That being said, here are some of the best SD cards for Sony A6500.

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
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

Recommended SD Cards for Video on Sony A6500

Just like A6300 and A6400, Sony A6500 can also shoot 4K at up to 30 fps and 1080p in slow motion (up to 120 fps). The A6500’s codec isn’t very demanding (100 Mbit/s or 12.5 MB/s), which means that any card we mentioned above will be able to handle it easily.

Conclusion

While other cameras in the A6000 series are quite good, especially the newly released Sony A6400, none of them have in-body image stabilization like the A6500, and this feature is quite useful both for photography and videography. As for the memory cards, we suggest getting a UHS-I card, unless you want to future proof your purchase. In that case, you can also get the pricier UHS-II cards.

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