Which memory cards can you use in your Canon DSLRs? Drag and drop our Canon memory card compatibility chart and find out!
Like many, you may have got a new camera for Christmas or bought one in the sales. Maybe you got a shiny new Canon 60D to replace your old Canon 450D, but intend to hang on to the latter as your back-up camera. You’ll want to buy some new memory cards that are compatible with both cameras.
Both Canon cameras are fully compatible with SD (SecureDigital) and SDHC (SD High Capacity) cards. It’s not worth bothering with SD cards as they have a 2GB capacity limit, whereas SDHC cards are available in capacities of up to 32GB. This is much more useful considering the Canon 60D’s larger image resolution and bigger file sizes, as well as for video.
For more about which memory cards are compatible with your EOS camera, we’ve put together a handy Canon memory card compatibility chart listing all the current and discontinued Canon cameras, which lists the type of memory card each uses.
SDHC cards are the most common Canon memory card format and use a Fat32 file system.
However, SDXC (eXended Capacity) cards use a different exFat file system. These are available in capacities of 64GB and higher, but they aren’t compatible with some of the older Canon DSLRs like the 450D or Canon 500D.
Another factor is that many of the latest SDHC and SDXC cards use a new UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) bus. This offers the potential of super-fast data transfer speeds with cameras that are UHS-1 compliant. However, they’re also fully compatible with non-UHS-1 cameras.
Currently, only the Canon 5D Mark III, 650D and EOS M support the UHS-1 bus but it’s likely that all future models that use SDHC/XC cards will feature this
Whether they have UHS-1 or not, it’s best to buy SDHC/XC cards that have a specification of at least Class 10, which deliver a sustained write speed of at least 10MB/s.
These are now barely any dearer to buy than slower Class 6 or Class 4 cards, and they’re easily fast enough for full HD video recording and sustained stills shooting in burst mode.