The Canon 80D is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. To get the most performance out of your camera, make sure to use a card with UHS-I.
SD cards that are compatible with the 80D include any SD card with a capacity of up to 2TB. A note of importance is that cards without UHS-I will have slower transfer speeds, which can negatively impact the camera's performance.
Just want a compatible card? 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 memory card, you can expand your capabilities with a new lens. Take a look at the 8 Best Canon 80D lenses.
Best SD Cards
SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are brands that produce the best Memory cards. The best memory cards I have owned have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards.
You do not need to purchase a card from SanDisk for your Canon 80D. Look for SD cards with cool-sounding names. That will mean you get fast read/write speeds, shock resistance, and other features.
I have not had errors with Lexar Professional or PNY Elite Performance cards.
When I have encountered problems with memory cards has been when I have used cheap no-name brands. Being cheap increases the possibility of data corruption or card failure.
If you would like to spend less money, don't buy a generic card. You will be better off buying a professional-quality card with a smaller storage 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 80D SD Card Compatibility
SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards can be used by the Canon 80D. To get the best performance from the camera, use a card that has UHS-I.
Four different specs of Secure Digital (SD) cards have been made. New card specifications add features that provide for greater storage capacity and faster read/write 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 very important for video and continuous shooting.
A slow memory card can decrease the number of continuous photos the Canon 80D can capture. This is because the camera's buffer will not be able to write data to the SD card fast enough.
When recording video, a slow SD card can cause an abrupt end to shooting. The video file might also end up being corrupted. If you are going to capture video, it is essential the card you use meets the required continuous write speed for video.
Read speed is important for transferring files to a computer or laptop. If you are filling up cards with images or video, an SD card with a fast read speed will cut down on the time it takes the transfer to finish.
Speed Class Rating
The Class rating of an SD card is related to the sustained write speed. SD cards that have a write speed of at least 10MB/s will be rated 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 card that you can find for sale 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 80D memory card. This will also help you find an SD card for your future cameras.
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