The Canon 60D can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. You will not gain any advantage from a UHS-I card, but it will be useable in a future camera upgrade.
Memory cards that are compatible with the 60D include any SD card with a storage capacity of 2TB or less. A note of importance is that older SD and SDHC cards will be slower, which may negatively impact the camera's capabilities.
Don't have the time for a long explanation of tech specs? Here's my recommendation for the best memory card:
16 GB or 32 GB cards are inexpensive and large enough for photos.
64GB or larger cards are a better choice for video.
With a working memory card, you can expand your camera's capabilities with a new lens. Take a look at the 7 Best Canon 60D lenses.
Best SD Cards
SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are manufacturers that make the best Memory cards. The best SD cards I have used have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards.
You do not need to purchase a card made by SanDisk for your Canon 60D. Look for memory cards with cool names. That will make sure you get fast read/write speeds, water resistance, and more features.
I have not had problems with Lexar Professional or PNY Elite Performance SD cards.
When I have experienced problems with memory cards has been when inexpensive generic brands were used. A low-cost card increases the chance of card errors or data corruption.
If you would like to spend less money, don't buy a cheap card. You will be better off buying a high-quality memory card with a reduced capacity.
Recommended SD Cards
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SD Card
- Best value for the money.
- Capacities from 32 GB to 2TB.
- Transfer speeds up to 170 MB/s.
- Class 10 & UHS-I
- Temperature Proof, Water Proof, Shock Proof, and X-ray Proof.
- Lower priced card.
- Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
- Class 10 & UHS-I.
- Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof.
- Lexar Professional Silver Card.
- Transfer speeds up to 160 MB/s.
- Class 10 & UHS-I.
- Includes Lexar Recovery Tool Software.
- Designed for durability in harsh conditions.
Canon Rebel 60D SD Card Compatibility
SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards can be used by the Canon 60D.
Four different specs of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards exist. New card specs add tech that provides for larger storage capacity and increased transfer rates.
- Secure Digital (SD) - 128MB to 2GB.
- Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - 4GB to 32GB.
- Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - 64GB to 2TB.
- Secure Digital Ultra Capacity (SDUC) - 4TB to 128TB.
Here is an estimation of how many large JPEGs you can expect to fit on a card:
- 4GB - 1,160 images
- 8GB - 2,320 images
- 16GB - 4,640 images
- 32GB - 9,280 images
Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings
The speed rating of an SD memory card is based on sequential write and read speeds. Card speed is essential for continuous shooting and video.
A slow SD card can cause a drop in the number of continuous frames the Canon 60D can capture. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write to the SD card quickly enough.
With video, a slow memory card can cause an unexpected end to the recording. The video file might also end up being corrupted. If you are going to record video, it is important the SD card you use meets the requirements of the camera.
Read speed is nice to have for file transfers to a computer or laptop. If you are filling up cards with images or video, a memory card with a fast read speed will save you time.
Speed Class Rating
The Class rating of a memory card is related to the sustained write speed. Memory cards that have a write speed of at least 10MB/s are rated as Class 10.
- Class 2 - 2MB/s
- Class 4 - 4MB/s
- Class 6 - 6MB/s
- Class 8 - 8MB/s
- Class 10 - 10MB/s or faster
Every name-brand SD card that you can purchase online will be rated Class 10. You can check the class rating of a card by looking for a number inside of a C on the label.
Ultra High Speed (UHS)
The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus can be found in SDXC And SDHC cards. UHS allows cards to achieve faster transfer rates.
There are 3 different specs. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.
Look at the label to figure out the rating of a card. If the SD card has UHS a roman numeral I, II, or III will be on the label.
- UHS-I - Maximum transfer rate of 104 MB/s
- UHS-II - Maximum transfer rate of 312 MB/s
- UHS-III - Maximum transfer rate of 624 MB/s
Now that you what specs the camera needs you can see why the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro is the best Canon 60D memory card. This will also help you find an SD card for your future cameras.
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