The Canon Rebel T6i is compatible with SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. The camera is also known as the Canon EOS 750D in Europe.
Compatible SD cards for the Canon T6i include any SD card with a capacity of up to 2TB. You should be aware that older cards will have slower write speeds, which may reduce the camera's performance.
The best memory cards for the Canon T6i need to be durable and have fast read and write speeds to be able to hand continuous shooting of photos in JPEG or RAW and recording HD video.
In a rush? Here's my recommendation for the best memory card:
Once you have a memory card you might want a new lens for your camera. Check out the 8 Best Canon Rebel T6i lenses. A great lens will help you take advantage of burst shooting and video recording with the Canon T6i.
Best SD Cards
SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are manufacturers that make the best Memory cards. The best SD memory cards I have owned have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro line of SD memory cards.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are attractive because of their fast read and write speed while also being durable. They are designed to have the best performance in harsh shooting conditions, so they reduce the risk of a physical failure.
That does not mean you need to buy a card from SanDisk for your Canon Rebel T6i. Look for memory cards with impressive names. That will ensure you get fast read and write speeds, water resistance, and other features.
I have not had problems with Lexar Professional or PNY Elite Performance cards.
When I have encountered problems with cards has been when low priced generic brands were used. A low-cost card increases the possibility of card failure or data corruption.
If you would like to save money, don't buy a cheap card. You will be better off purchasing a name brand card with a smaller storage capacity.
Recommended SD Cards
Here is a selection of some of the best memory cards for Canon currently available. All of the SD cards have fast enough write speeds to not cause any performance bottlenecks. A faster card read speed can save you time and usually is only a small increase in price.
- 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 T6i SD Card Compatibility
The Canon Rebel T6i can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC SD cards. Additionally, you can use a Micro SD card with an adapter.
Secure Digital (SD) memory cards come in four different specs. Each new card specification increases the max 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 based on sequential read and write speeds. The speed of a card is important for video and continuous shooting.
A slow card can reduce the number of continuous images the Canon Rebel T6i 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 card can cause an abrupt end to the recording. The video file may also end up being corrupted. If you intend to shoot video, it is essential the card you use meets the required continuous write speed for video.
Card read speed is important for file transfers to a computer or laptop. If you are filling up cards with images or video, a card with a fast read speed will save you time.
Speed Class Rating
The Class rating of a card is related to the sustained write speed. SD cards that have a minimum write speed of at least 10MB/s will be labeled 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 find for sale today will have a Class 10 rating. 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 for cards to have faster read and write speeds. Fast write speeds are important to make sure the Canon EOS Rebel T6i is able to maximize the use of the camera's image processor.
Fast read speed is important if you need to copy a large amount of photos or video off of the memory card. Having a high speed card and card reader can shave minutes off of the transfer time. This will be most noticeable when shooting photos in the RAW format or long videos.
There are three separate specs. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III. Each one increases the maximum read and write speeds the bus mode is able to achieve with a compatible card slot or reader.
They remain backward compatible with older card slots, but that does not mean they will achieve the same read or write speeds. You can use UHS-II cards in a UHS-I compatible camera, but the only advantage would be for reading files off of the card faster.
You can find the rating of a card by checking the label. 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 T6i memory card, you'll be able to pick out the best SD card for any future camera.
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