Best Memory Cards for Canon EOS R6

While the Canon EOS R5 may be the camera getting all the headlines the Canon EOS R6 has also been announced with it. The Canon EOS R6 offers a 20.1 MP full-frame sensor, IBIS, and 4K shooting modes which will make it the camera most people choose.

Today I’ll be going over the best memory cards for two memory card slots in the Canon EOS R6.

The Canon EOS R6 has two SD card slots that can handle speeds from UHS-II SD cards.

Canon EOS R6 Memory Card Recommendations

The main features using a UHS-II card unlocks on the R6 is RAW bursts up to 240 photos and HDR C-Log 4K60. So if you want to use every feature of the EOS R6 you’ll likely want a UHS-II Card. The Sony Tough UHS-II card is a rugged card with the performance needed to use all of these modes.

If you’re not filming C-Log 4K footage or high burst rates a UHS-I card will fit most needs. Plus UHS-I cards are a lot more affordable.

Recommended SD Card for Photographers:

If you’re shooting high-speed sports or wildlife you may need massive RAW image buffers which require a UHS-II card. But for most photographers who are casually shooting on the EOS R6 using a UHS-I card will be more than enough. At their lower cost you can have money for more cards and storage overall.

You can consult Canon’s chart below about the maximum burst amounts for each type of SD card.

Now if you want your workflow to be faster a UHS-II card will make things transfer to your computer faster. But for most photographers only taking stills the UHS-I style card will be perfect.

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SanDisk 256GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
  • Shot speeds up to 70MB/s*, transfer speeds up to 150MB/s* requires compatible devices capable of reaching such speeds. | *Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device, interface, usage conditions and other factors

Recommended SD Card for Videographers:

The Canon EOS R6 films in the IPB format which is more compressed than the ALL-I mode featured on the R5 and R. This means your video files will be smaller making it easier for UHS-I to be usable.

You can consult the chart below to see which features are only available on a UHS-II card vs a UHS-I card.

Since your video editing workflow will be speed up by having a faster memory card I recommend getting a UHS-II card. This will mean you’re able to use all the features of the R6 and will be able to transfer files faster to your computer.

Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3,...
  • Tough specs: world's first one-piece molded construction with high hardness materials have resulted in the world's highest level of Bend strength, 18 times greater than the SD standard

For more information about the Canon EOS R6 check out the page on Canon’s site. Here you can find the manual and more details about write speeds.

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