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Panasonic GF3 Memory Card Compatibility

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Panasonic GF3 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Panasonic GF3 is able to use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Having fast write speeds is an important element for video and continuous shooting.

An incorrect card can ruin the functionality of your camera.

Don’t want to read the tech specs? Here is my recommendation on the SD card to use with your Panasonic GF3:

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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.

Best SD Cards

Like all things tech, the pricing of SD cards has greatly fallen since the release of the Panasonic GF3.

Due to the cost being so cheap, it is not going to be advisable to spend money on anything besides a professional-quality SD card.

The best memory cards I own have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance models. I have not had a card become inoperable or unusable data with those memory cards.

Every one of the issues I have experienced has been when using generic unbranded cards. Seeking to save a buck isn’t worth it if your GF3 is going to have trouble.

A smart way to save money is to buy a smaller storage capacity SD memory card from a high-quality supplier. By doing this, you will know your photos are safe on the 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.

Panasonic GF3 SD Card Compatibility

You are limited to using SDXC, SDHC, and SD cards in the Panasonic GF3. Check to check that your camera is using the most recent firmware installed.

The newest cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), are unable to be used with the GF3.

You should know of the 4 different kinds of Secure Digital (SD) cards that there are. They can be told apart based on the memory card’s capactiy.

  • 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 an estimation of the number of maximum-quality JPEGs shots you should be expecting to be stored 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

Speed ratings of an SD memory card is dependant on the sequential read and write speeds of the card. Card speed is critical for video as well as continuous shooting.

Slows cards can cut down the number of continuous images the Panasonic GF3 can take. This is because the camera’s buffer will not be able to write data to the card fast enough.

With video, a slow memory card can cause recording to end. The video file could also be corrupted. If you intend to shoot video, it is important the memory card you use meets the minimum requirements of the GF3.

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

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

The Class rating of an SD memory card is determined by the continuous write speed. 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 name-brand SD memory card that you can purchase online will be rated Class 10. To discover the class rating of a card, search for a number inside of a C on the front label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus is a feature found in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. UHS memory cards to have faster write speeds.

There are 3 separate specifications. The versions are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

To find out the UHS rating of a card, look at the front of the card. A Roman numeral I, II, or III on the front of the SD card, that is going to be the rating of your SD 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

Based on everything that was mentioned is what makes the the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Panasonic GF3. It also has good compatibility with other cameras.

Below are more pages on cameras with the same specifications as the GF3: