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Best Canon EOS M SD Memory Card

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Canon EOS M Memory Cards

´╗┐The Canon M is able to use SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. An SD memory card with fast write speeds is necessary for video and burst shooting.

The card you select has a important impact on the functionality of your camera.

Want to skip the technical details? Here is my suggestion on the SD memory card to use with your Canon M:

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

Best SD Cards

SD memory cards are now significantly more affordable than at the time the camera was first introduced to the market.

Seeing as how inexpensive the price range are, it would not be smart to buy anything but a high-quality memory card.

The best SD memory cards I have owned have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance models. I have under no circumstances encountered data errors or a card physically fail with those cards.

Every last complication I have dealt with has been due to generic unbranded memory cards. Trying to save a buck is not worth it if your M is likely to experience issues.

A shrewd way to spend less money is to opt for a lower capacity SD card from a high-quality company. That way, you’ll know your photographs are secure on the SD card.

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
Check prices on: Amazon
  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

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PNY Elite-X 128GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Good for burst shooting photos and recording 4K video.
  • Larger capacity cards are available.
  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Card
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  • Comparatively expensive for faster read speeds.
  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Only makes sense for professional use or if you need the largest storage capacity available.
  • Temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and X-ray-proof.

Canon M SD Card Compatibility

You are limited to using SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards in the Canon M. Be sure that you have the most up-to-date firmware installed on your camera for the best overall performance.

The newest memory cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), will not be usable in the M.

You need to know of the 4 different kinds of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards that can be used. SD memory cards can be recognized from the storage capactiy of the SD card.

  • SD (Secure Digital) - 128MB to 2GB.
  • SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) - 4GB to 32GB.
  • SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) - 64GB to 2TB.
  • SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) - 4TB to 128TB.

Image Capacity

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SD Card Contacts

Below is a quick approximation of how many high-quality JPEGs pictures you can be expecting to be stored on a SD memory card:

  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images
  • 64GB - 18,560 images
  • 128GB - 37,120 images

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

Speed ratings of an SD card is dependant on the continuous read and write speeds of the card. The speed of a memory card is essential for video in addition to continuous shooting.

A slow SD card can decrease the number of continuous photos the Canon M can capture. This is due to the camera’s buffer not being able to write data to the SD card fast enough.

When recording video, a slow SD card can cause recording to end. The video file might also end up being corrupted. If you intend to shoot video, it is critical the card you use meets the requirements of the M.

Card read speed is important for file transfers to a computer or laptop. If you have cards that are full, a card with a fast transfer speed will decrease the transfer time.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

The sustained write speed of a memory card is the criteria for the Class rating. SD cards that have a minimum 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 brand of SD memory card that you can purchase today will be Class 10. You can find the class rating of a memory card by looking for a number inside of the C on the front label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed bus (UHS) is built into SDHC, SDXC, and SDUC memory cards. The UHS bus allows for increased data transfer rates.

There are 3 different versions. The three are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

Look at the front of the card to find out the rating of a SD card. If the memory card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III can be found on the front of the card.

  • 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

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