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Panasonic GF5 Memory Card Compatibility

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Panasonic GF5 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Panasonic GF5 can use SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. Fast write speeds are a critical factor for video and continuous shooting.

You can greatly reduce the performance of your camera by using the wrong SD card.

Don’t want the technical specs? Listed below is my suggestion on the SD card to get to use with the Panasonic GF5:

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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 price of SD cards has greatly fallen since the release of the Panasonic GF5.

Seeing as how low the cost are, it would not make financial sense to get anything other than a high-quality card.

The best memory cards I have owned have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance models. I have under no circumstances suffered from unusable data or a card physically fail with any of those cards.

All the issues I have had has been due to cheap unbranded SD memory cards. Trying to save around a dollar is not worth it if your GF5 is likely to have trouble.

If you want to save some money, purchase a lower storage capacity SD memory card from a high-quality supplier. That way, you will know your images are safe 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
Check prices on: Amazon
  • 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
Check prices on: Amazon
  • 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 GF5 SD Card Compatibility

The cards that can be used with in the Panasonic GF5 are SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Check to be sure you have the most recently released firmware installed on your camera for the best overall performance.

The newest SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) memory cards, will not be able to be used in the GF5.

You need to know of the 4 types of Secure Digital (SD) cards that there are. You can identify them according to their size.

  • 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

The following is an approximation of the volume of max-quality JPEGs photos you can expect to fit 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 based on the sequential write and read transfer speeds of the card. The transfer speed of a SD card is critical for clearing the camera buffer for continuous shooting as well as recording video.

A slow card can cut down the number of continuous frames the Panasonic GF5 can capture. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write data to the SD card fast enough.

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

Read speed is nice to have for file transfers to a computer. If you are filling up cards with images or video, a SD card with a fast transfer speed will save you time.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

The sustained write speed of a memory card is what determines the Class rating. Cards that have a write speed of 10MB/s will be rated 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 brand of SD memory card that you can purchase will be rated Class 10. You can find the class rating of a SD card by searching for a number inside of a C on the front.

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. The UHS bus makes it possible provides a way to improve file transfer rates.

Three different specs have been made. The versions are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

You can determine the UHS rating of a memory card by reading the front of the SD card. A Roman numeral I, II, or III on the front of the SD memory card, that will be the UHS rating of the SD memory 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 choose one, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Panasonic GF5. You’re now also prepared for any future camera you buy.

Listed here are more posts on digital cameras with the same requirements as the GF5: