The popular Canon Rebel T5i holds one Secure Digital (SD) format memory card. Below are the best SD memory cards to pair with the Canon T5i, current for 2015. Those who shoot HD video, photos in camera RAW, and almost 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 quickly. Both SanDisk and Transcend have released new versions of their SD cards, which have faster speeds and are less expensive than past models.


Best Overall Memory Card for the Canon T5i

SanDisk Extreme 16GB Memory CardSanDisk Extreme 16GB ($12)

Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 40 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 60 MB/s
Best For: HD video, fast processing and downloading.

The SanDisk Extreme is our pick for the best overall SD memory card for the Canon T5i. The new version, which is faster and cheaper than the older version, offers Class 3 U3 recording speeds for high resolution video and even 4K. You also get write speeds of up to 40 MB per second and read speeds of up to 60 MB per second, meaning that this card performs great with larger files, video, and downloading. In addition, the SanDisk Extreme is rated as waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and can operate in temperatures from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a whole lot of features for under $20. Along with 16GB version, the Extreme is offered in larger 32GB and 64GB versions, which come in handy for those shooting RAW files or video.
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Fastest Write and Read Speeds

SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB Memory CardSanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB ($22)

Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 90 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 95 MB/s
Best For: HD video, fastest processing and downloading.

If you frequently shoot HD video, photos in camera RAW, high-speed bursts, or transfer large volumes of files, the best professional SD memory card for the Canon Rebel 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 Extreme Pro has a durable design that is waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and rated for extreme temperatures. It’s also U3 rated for high resolution video and 4K (the T5i doesn’t shoot 4K, but this card will give you the flexibility should you upgrade down the road).
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On a Budget

Transcend 16GB Memory CardTranscend Class 10 16GB ($6)

Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 20 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 18 MB/s
Best For: Photos and videos on a budget.

The Transcend Class 10 used to be one of best selling budget SD memory cards. You get a minimum write speed of 10 MB per second, more than double the speed of the SanDisk Standard Class 4. More, the price is a tad cheaper, a clear sign that Class 4 cards are on the way out. If you’re on the fence between this card and the SanDisk Extreme above, the Transcend is about half the price but doesn’t offer the same speed or protection from the elements. If neither of those features is important to you, grab this card for well under $10. For our money, we recommend spending a few extra bucks for more speed and peace of mind.
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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 GG, 64 GB, or even 128 GB memory card. This is particularly true for those who use the Canon T5i's RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording feature. 


What about Lenses?

If you’re still deciding on glass for your new camera, we’ve put together a list of the best lenses for the Canon Rebel T5i. Among the options are top zoom and prime lenses including kit, wide angle, portrait, and telephoto.

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