The Canon Rebel T5/1200D has 1 x SD memory card slot, and while it does accept the latest UHS-I cards, it can’t use the extra speeds they offer.
This is why the maximum writing speed is equivalent to a Class 10 card, so there’s no reason to spend more on newer cards.
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|
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. As long as you see that, you’re covered.
In this guide, we’ve picked out the 2 best memory cards when it comes to speed, performance and the price you pay.
These are the best 2 SDHC/SDXC memory cards you can get:
Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10
For less than $7, the Transcend 16GB Class 10 is the best deal you will find. With a minimum writing speed of Class 10 (which is 10MB/s), you don’t have to worry about anything when it comes to writing video and photo files. The average JPEG size of the Rebel T5 is around 4 megapixels, meaning you can store around 3000 shots on a 16GB card.
As you can see the from image above, it’s actually an UHS-I U1 card, but for $6 you’re not really overpaying anything here. It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes.
Transcend R95/W60MB/s UHS-I U3
The Transcend 64GB UHS-I U3 is more expensive because of its faster reading (95MB/s) and writing speeds (60MB/s). As we stated previously, you won’t see any improvement in the camera itself, and you should only get it if reading speeds matter to you.
Basically if you transfer a lot of shots everyday and need something fast, you might want to get this. Being UHS U3, it’ll also be fast enough if you decide to upgrade to a different camera.
It comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes.
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!