The Sony A560 has dual card slots, each using a different card format. The first slot uses SD and SDHC cards. The second memory card slot uses Sony PRO-HG Duo and PRO Duo memory cards.
SDHC cards are usable, meaning the biggest SD card that could be used is 32GB. The PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo slot supports 16GB and lower capacity memory cards.
Just one of the card slot can be used by the camera at a time. The switch inside the card cover is where you to select which memory card slot to store images.
PRO Duo cards are a proprietary card format held by Sony. As a result, SD cards are less expensive and can offer better performance than PRO Duo cards.
Pressed for time? My recommendation is to get this SD memory card in the A560:
64GB or larger cards are not compatible with the camera.
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Best SD Cards
SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are brands that produce high-quality Memory cards. The best SD cards I have owned have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards.
You do not need to buy a card made by SanDisk for your Sony A560. Just make sure the name is impressive. That will mean you get fast read/write rates, shock resistance, and other features.
I have not run into errors with PNY Elite Performance or Lexar Professional memory cards.
The issues I have experienced with memory cards has been when I have used low priced no-name brands. A low-cost card increases the possibility of corrupted data or card errors.
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
- Best value for the money.
- Capacities from 16 GB to 128 GB.
- Transfer speeds up to 80 MB/s.
- Class 10.
- High speed card.
- Capacities from 16 GB to 1 TB.
- Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
- Class 10.
- High quality card.
- Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
- Class 10.
Sony A560 SD Card Compatibility
SDHC and SD cards are usable with the Sony A560. If you want the best performance, use a card.
The most recent SDXC and SDUC cards can't be used with the A560.
Currently, there are four types of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. New card specifications add more tech that allows for larger storage space and noticeably increased data transfer speeds.
- 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.
SD Card Speed
Speed ratings of an SD memory card is dependant on the sequential write and read speeds. Card write speed is important for video and continuous shooting.
Slows cards can reduce the number of continuous frames the Sony A560 can capture. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write to the SD card fast enough.
When shooting video, a slow card can cause an abrupt end to recording. The video file may also end up being corrupted. If you intend to shoot video, it is essential the SD card you use meets the required minimum 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, a memory card with a fast read speed will reduce the time it takes the transfer to finish.
Speed Class Rating
A memory card is given a Class rating based on the continuous write speed of the memory card. Class 10 is the top rating, even though cards are manufactured that have a higher transfer rate.
Here you can see a list of the Classes and the applicable lowest transfer rates:
- Class 2 - 2MB/s
- Class 4 - 4MB/s
- Class 6 - 6MB/s
- Class 8 - 8MB/s
- Class 10 - 10MB/s or faster
Nearly every SD memory card worth ordering for the Sony A560 will be a Class 10 SD memory card. In the short time since the announcement of the camera, Memory cards have gotten a good deal faster.
Ultra High Speed (UHS)
The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus is built into SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. UHS allows provides a way to improve file transfer rates.
There are 3 different versions. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.
To find out the UHS rating of a card, look on the label. If the card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III can be seen 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
Sony A560 PRO Duo Card Compatibility
One card slot is compatible with PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo memory cards. PRO-HG shows the card can have read transfer rates up to 50MB/s and a 15MB/s or faster write speed.
PRO Duo cards that are 16GB or have a lower capacity will be usable in the A560.
PRO Duo cards are generally cost two times as much as an SD card. Considering the size of the price difference, I won't recommend purchasing a PRO Duo card to be used in your A560.
Do Both Memory Cards Slots Need to Be Used in the A560?
No, the Sony A560 can't use both memory card slots concurrently.
Competing brands have cameras that can use both card slots at the same time. That unlocks additional features such as overflow protection, mirroring the cards, and splitting up RAW files and JPEGs.
Not having the chance to use dual card slots for extended settings, means that you shouldn't spend more on a PRO Duo memory card.
Below is an approximate estimation of how many large JPEG images you can expect to store on each size of an SD card.
- 4GB - 1,160 images
- 8GB - 2,320 images
- 16GB - 4,640 images
- 32GB - 9,280 images
There is nothing additional you have to be aware of when choosing SD and Sony PRO Duo cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB is the best Sony A560 memory card.
The following are additional cameras that use the same memory cards as the Sony A560: