In this guide, you’re going to see the best memory cards for the Canon SL2.
The SL2 has 1 SD memory card slot and can accept both SDHC and SDXC types of cards, basically all that are available.
For Full HD video, as well as shooting in the continuous mode with 5 frames per second, it’s important that you have a memory card that is fast enough.
We recommend buying a card with Class 10, whereas in Canon’s manual it says their minimum is Class 6. Since Class 10 is nowadays so cheap, there’s really no reason to not get them (cost from $5-$10).
Speed Class of SD Cards
|Class 4||4MB/s||Too slow for most modern cameras. Skip it.|
|Class 6||6MB/s||A little bit better but unless you take 3 pictures a year, skip it.|
|Class 10||10MB/s||Good enough for most cameras with 20+ megapixels and Full HD video.|
|U1 (UHS)||10MB/s||Good enough for most cameras with 20+ megapixels and Full HD video|
|U3 (UHS)||30MB/s||Perfect for fast burst cameras, Full HD at 60fps and 4K video|
The Canon SL2 can take advantage of UHS-I speeds, but won’t be able to use the extra speed offered by UHS-II types (more expensive cards). What this means is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a memory card because you won’t see any difference in-camera.
However, transferring files to your computer from that UHS-II card will be faster, but whether that’s worth spending more is up to you.
Stick to Lexar, Sandisk and Transcend brands, and make sure they’re Class 10 as these give you the most speed in Full HD video as well as continuous shooting, so you won’t experience any lag. How to tell? Look for a number 10 inside a circle, you can check the examples below. It might also say U3 or other different terms, but as long as that 10 is there, you’re good.
In this guide, we’ve picked out the 3 best memory cards when it comes to speed, performance and the price you pay.
These are the best 3 SDHC/SDXC memory cards you can get:
- SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I U3
- Lexar Professional 95MB/s UHS-I U3
- Transcend R95/W60MB/s UHS-I U3
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I U3
The SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro 32GB U3 is our favorite card, seeing as it’s inexpensive and provides writing and reading speeds near 90MB/s. The Canon SL2 shoots 5fps and Full HD at 60fps, and both of these are a piece of cake for this card.
The speed makes it perfect for whatever you’re doing; fast bursts with large megapixel cameras, 4K video, let alone Full HD. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes.
Lexar Professional 95MB/s UHS-I U3
The Lexar Professional 32GB U3 95MB/s is cheaper than the model above, and reaches the same reading speed yet falls a bit short in the writing department. While the minimum for U3 cards is always 30MB/s, this Lexar series reaches around 60MB/s.
It won’t be as fast as the Sandisk above (even though it’s fast), but unless you’ll be using the burst mode often, you won’t notice it. However, since memory card prices fluctuate a lot, if the Sandisk above is cheaper then definitely go for it.
Lexar also gives you the code to download their Imaging Rescue software. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.
Transcend R95/W60MB/s UHS-I U3
The most affordable on our list, yet still UHS-I, is the Transcend 64GB UHS-I U3. In terms of reading speed it goes up to 95MB/s, while for writing the maximum is 60MB/s just like Lexar above.
Transcend also gives you the option of downloading their free image recovery program and they both work pretty good in most cases. It comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes.
Comparison of the 3 Memory Cards
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3||32GB||Writing files: ~90MBs. Reading files: ~95MB/s|
|Lexar Professional 95MB/s U3||64GB||Writing files: ~60MB/s. Reading files: ~90MB/s|
|Transcend R95/W60MB/s U3||64GB||Writing files: ~60MB/s. Reading files: ~90MB/s|
What Brands are the Best?
Your photographs and videos are stored on a memory card, so you should definitely not try to save any money here by buying from unknown, cheap brands. While you save a few bucks, you probably won’t even get the advertised speeds, and are at a bigger risk of losing your shots.
We see too many beginners choosing the cheap route here, but until you transfer your shots to a computer/online, this is where they’re stored at. You want the memory card to be the most reliable piece of your equipment!