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Panasonic GX85 Memory Card Compatibility

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Panasonic GX85 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Panasonic GX85 is able to use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. For video and continuous shooting, it is critical the card you use has a fast write speed.

The wrong SD card can greatly decrease the functionality of your camera.

Don’t want to read the tech specs? Below is my recommendation on the SD memory card for use in your Panasonic GX85:

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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

Memory cards have come way down in price the time since the release of the Panasonic GX85.

Due to the cost being so affordable, it is not going to make sense to spend money on anything but a high-quality card.

The best SD memory cards I own have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance models. I have never had corrupted data or a card physically fail with any of those cards.

Every last problem I have dealt with has been because of no-name unbranded cards. Hoping to save a small amount of money isn’t worthwhile if your GX85 will not function correctly.

If you want to reduce your cost, grab a lower capacity card from a high-quality company. By doing this, you’ll know your images are safe on the SD 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 GX85 SD Card Compatibility

Only use SDXC, SDHC, and SD cards in the Panasonic GX85. For best performance, make sure your camera is using the most up to date firmware.

The newest memory cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), will not be able to be used in the GX85.

There are four different types of Secure Digital (SD) cards that you should be aware of. SD memory cards can be recognized from the storage capactiy of the SD memory card.

  • 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 volume of max-quality JPEGs pictures 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 dependant on the sequential read and write speeds of the card. The write speed of a card is essential for clearing the camera buffer for continuous shooting in addition to recording video.

A slow SD card can cause a drop in the number of continuous frames the Panasonic GX85 can take. This is because the camera’s buffer is not able to write data to the card quickly enough.

With video, a slow SD card can cause a sudden end to shooting. The video file could also be corrupted. If you are going to shoot video, it is essential the card you use meets the required minimum write speed for video.

Card read speed is important for transferring files to a computer or laptop. 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

The Class rating of a memory card is determined by the sustained write speed. SD cards that have a minimum 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 get will receive a Class 10 rating. To check the class rating of a SD 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 bus (UHS) is available in SDHC, SDXC, and SDUC cards. UHS cards to achieve increased write speeds.

There are 3 different specs. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

You can find the rating of a SD memory card by looking at the front of the memory card. If the memory card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III will be 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

Taking the facts into consideration, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Panasonic GX85. Any future camera you buy, you will know what card to buy.

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