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Olympus E-PL8 Memory Card Compatibility

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Olympus E-PL8 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Olympus E-PL8 may use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. A memory card with fast enough write speeds is essential for burst shooting and video.

You can reduce the functionality of your camera by using the wrong card.

If you’re in a rush, here’s the best card you can buy for the Olympus E-PL8:

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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

Since the intro of Olympus E-PL8, the cost of cards has greatly reduced.

Seeing as how cheap costs are, it would not be wise to buy anything but a pro-level card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards have excellent overall performance and build quality. I have never encountered a card become inoperable or unusable data with any of those SD cards.

Every single problem I have encountered has been because of cheap unbranded cards. Hoping to save a little bit of money is not worth it if your E-PL8 is likely to have hassles.

A shrewd way to save money is to buy a lower storage capacity card from a quality company. By making that choice, you will know your images are safe and sound on the SD memory 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.

Olympus E-PL8 SD Card Compatibility

The only cards that can be used with in the Olympus E-PL8 are SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Check to make sure that your camera has the most up to date firmware.

The newest memory cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), are not going to be compatible with the E-PL8.

Four different kinds of Secure Digital (SD) cards that you need to pay attention to. You can recognize them depending on their capacity.

  • 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

Listed below is a fast approximation of the number of high-quality JPEGs photos you can be expecting to save on a card:

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

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

The speed rating of an SD card is determined by the sequential read and write transfer speeds. The continuous transfer speed of a card is critical for clearing the buffer for continuous shooting as well as recording video.

A slow memory card can cause a reduction in the number of continuous images the Olympus E-PL8 can capture. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write data to the SD card quickly enough.

With video, a slow memory card can cause recording to stop. The video file may also end up being corrupted. If you are going to record video, it is critical the SD card you use meets the required minimum write speed for video.

Read speed is important for transferring files to a computer. If you have cards that are full, a card with a fast read speed will save you time.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

A memory card receives a Class rating in line with its sustained write speed. Cards that have a write speed of at least 10MB/s are labeled 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 name-brand card that you can find today will receive a Class 10 rating. To locate the class rating of a SD card, find a number inside of the C on the label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

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

Three different specs have been created. The three are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

You can determine the rating of a card by examining the front of the SD card. If the SD card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III will be 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

If you needed to choose one, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Olympus E-PL8. Any future camera you buy, you will know what card to purchase.

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