Best Memory Card for Canon T5i

Best Memory Card for Canon T5i

Canon EOS Rebel T5iThe Canon EOS Rebel T5i ($749)—the newest in Canon's popular line of Rebel DSLRs—holds one Secure Digital (SD) format memory card. Below are the best SD memory cards to pair with the Canon T5i, current for 2013. Those who shoot HD video, photos in camera RAW, and most everyone else should use Class 10 SD cards, which have a minimum write speed of 10 MB per second. This will help ensure that images and videos are captured smoothly and download to your computer reasonably quickly.

 

Best Memory Card for the Canon T5i for Most People

The SanDisk Extreme is our pick for the best overall SD memory card for the Canon T5i. For $17 for a 16GB card, the SanDisk Extreme offers write speeds of up to 45 MB per second and performs far better than cheaper cards with respect to large files, video, and downloading. In addition, SanDisk Exteme 16-64GB cards are rated as waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and can operate in temperatures from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 45 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 45 MB/s
Best For: DSLRs, HD video, faster downloading
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On a Budget

The Transcend Class 10 series are popular SD memory cards with a minimum write speed of 10 MB per second (more than double the SanDisk Standard Class 4 for only a few dollars more). However, the SanDisk Extreme above is relatively close in price ($17 for a 16GB card), considerably faster than the Transcend, and more durable. 
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 20 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 17 MB/s
Best For: Larger files and video on a budget
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Fastest Write and Read Speeds

If you frequently shoot HD video, high-speed bursts, or transfer large volumes of files, the best professional SD memory card for the Canon T5i is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. With write speeds of up to 90 MB per second, it’s SanDisk's fastest SD memory card. Like the Extreme series above, the SanDisk Extreme Pro features a durable design that is waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and rated for extreme temperatures. 
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 90 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 95 MB/s
Best For: DSLRs, HD video, fastest downloading
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What Size Memory Card Should I Get?

A 16 GB memory card on the Canon T5i can hold approximately 1,000-2,000 photos in JPEG format, depending on the file type (the Canon T5i has five different file sizes to choose from). For most people, 16 GB is a logical size and often more economical than smaller cards. RAW files take up considerably more memory than JPEGs—roughly five to ten times as much—so those who shoot in RAW or HD video should consider a 32 GB memory card64 GB memory card, or multiple cards. This is particularly true for those who use the Canon T5i's RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording feature. 

 

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