The Canon Rebel T3i can only use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. The camera is also known as the Canon EOS 600D in Europe.
Compatible memory cards for the Rebel T3i include any SD card with a memory size of 2TB or less. Bear in mind that older cards will be slower, which may negatively impact the camera's capabilities.
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Best SD Cards
SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are manufacturers that make the best SD cards. The best SD cards I have used have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards.
That does not mean you need to buy a card from SanDisk for your Canon Rebel T3i. Look for SD cards with cool names. That will make sure you get fast read/write speeds, shock resistance, and more professional features.
I have not run into problems with Lexar Professional or PNY Elite Performance cards.
When I have experienced problems with cards has been when cheap no-name brands were used. Being cheap increases the possibility of data corruption or card errors.
If you would like to spend less money, don't buy a generic card. You will be better off purchasing a name brand card with a smaller storage capacity.
Recommended SD Cards
- Lower priced card.
- Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
- Class 10 & UHS-I.
- Magnet, Shock, Temperature, and 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 T3i SD Card Compatibility
The Canon Rebel T3i can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards.
Secure Digital (SD) memory cards come in 4 different specifications. Each new memory card specification increases the maximum storage capacity and transfer speeds of the card.
- 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 determined by sequential read and write speeds. The speed of a card is essential for video and continuous shooting.
Slows SD cards can cause a reduction in the number of continuous images the Canon Rebel T3i can take. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write data to the memory card quickly enough.
When shooting video, a slow SD card can cause a sudden end to the recording. The video file could also end up being corrupted. If you are going to shoot video, it is essential the memory card you use meets the requirements of the camera.
Read speed is important for file transfers to a computer. If you are filling up cards with images or video, an SD card with a fast read speed will save you time.
Speed Class Rating
The Class rating of an SD card is based on the sustained write speed. Cards that have a minimum write speed of at least 10MB/s will receive a Class 10 rating.
- Class 2 - 2MB/s
- Class 4 - 4MB/s
- Class 6 - 6MB/s
- Class 8 - 8MB/s
- Class 10 - 10MB/s or faster
Every brand name SD card that you can purchase today will have a Class 10 rating. To check the class rating of an SD card look 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 three separate versions. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.
Look at the label to figure out the rating of a card. If there is a Roman numeral I, II, or III on the label, that is the UHS rating of your 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
Now that you know why the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro is the best Canon Rebel T3i memory card, you'll be able to pick out the best SD card for any future camera.
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