Best SD Memory Card For The Sony A6000

Best SD Memory Card Sony A6000

Sensor Size: 24.3MP APS-C     Memory Card Format: UHS-I       Video Resolution: 1080p60        Video Codec: XAVC S

 

Note: See the Fastest SD Memory Cards For The Sony A6300 here!

 

Choosing The Best Memory Cards For The Sony A6000

To determine the best SD memory card for the Sony A6000 I've put the camera through a speed test, which is done by shooting three round of RAW bursts for a set amount of time. The amount of data created and the time it took to clear the buffer was recorded, calculated and averaged to give these results. This is also one of the most tedious time consuming things I've done in my life so enjoy these results. 

 

Sony A6000 SD Memory Card Speed Tests

The first two read and write speeds are how the card performs in the USB 3.0 memory card slot in the Macbook Pro. Alongside that I've listed the Sony A6000 memory card write speeds. These tests are done shooting RAW with the A6000. Please do not use this data without properly linking or crediting this page. 

SD Memory Cards USB 3.0 Read USB 3.0 Write Sony A6000 Write Speeds See Price
UHS-II        
Lexar 64GB 2000x UHS-II U3 272.7 MB/s 244.5 MB/s 33.96 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Transcend 64GB UHS-II U3 290.2 MB/s 182.1 MB/s 33.40 MB/s Amazon
Delkin 32GB SDHC UHS-II U3 253.5 MB/s 219.6 MB/s 33.33 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Toshiba 64GB UHS-II U3 258.8 MB/s 226.5 MB/s 32.99 MB/s Amazon
Lexar 1000x 64GB UHS-II U3 147.4 MB/s 78.4 MB/s 32.40 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-II U3 260.5 MB/s 214.8 MB/s 31.44 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
UHS-I        
Kingston 64GB SDXC U3 98.1 MB/s 90.4 MB/s 34.79 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB U3 98.6 MB/s 90.8 MB/s 34.37 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB U3 99.0 MB/s 64.4 MB/s 34.32 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme 64GB U3 72.43 MB/s 54.1 MB/s 34.27 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Samsung 64GB Pro U3 97.7 MB/s 78.6 MB/s 33.77 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Samsung 64GB Pro+ U3 97.5 MB/s 87.3 MB/s 33.74 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Samsung Pro 64GB U1 96.3 MB/s 82.2 MB/s 33.72 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Transcend 64GB U3 96.7 MB/s 68.4 MB/s 32.80 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
PNY 64GB U1 96.5 MB/s 66.5 MB/s 32.93 MB/s Amazon
Lexar 600x 64GB U1 95.4 MB/s 64.8 MB/s 32.72 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Lexar 633x 64GB U3 93.3 MB/s 67.3 MB/s 32.50 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
PNY 64GB U3 96.5 MB/s 66.1 MB/s 32.21 MB/s Amazon / Adorama
Sony 64GB U3 96.5 MB/s 84.5 MB/s 32.18 MB/s Amazon
Samsung 64GB EVO U1 47.7 MB/s 27.3 MB/s 24.02 MB/s Amazon / Adorama

 

Memory Card Speed Test Results

On the Sony A6000 there really is no best sd memory card, they all perform very close to the same in terms of write speeds. There is an internal bus speed bottleneck or something slowing down the write speed to the card.

What else is interesting is when shooting JPEG only, write speeds slow to a 10-12MB/s range which makes me think it's capping out the processor speed. Most of the Sony cameras I've tested like the Sony A7s and the Sony A7r give very similar results. However, the Fuji X100T is the complete opposite.  

My favorite card currently for the price is the Samsung. If you want to spend a little less money I love the PNY.

 

Bang For The Buck / Best SD Card Deals

Samsung 64GBI recommend these cards if you're on a budget. I really like the Samsung for build quality. The price of the PNY and Transcend can't be beat. 

Samsung Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I Class 10 / U1 - (Amazon)
These are the most expensive of these three but they also look the coolest. 

PNY 64GB Elite Performance UHS-I SDXC Class 10 / U1- (Amazon) (Adorama)

Transcend 64GB UHS-I SDXC Class 10 / U3 - (Amazon) (Adorama)

 

Top Shelf / Best SD Cards

Sandisk Extreme ProIf you own more than one camera these cards perform the best on most other cameras, and they also read and write very quickly when copying to your computer via usb 3.0. The time you save is almost worth it when filling up 64GB cards.

Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDXC U3 90MB/sec - (Amazon)

Although the tests show the Plus performing slightly better here, consider the Pro just because it performs better on other cameras I've tested.

Kingston 64GB UHS-I SDXC U3 90MB/s - (Amazon) (Adorama)

 

Worlds Largest SD Cards

For a camera I can't see any reason going higher than 128GB unless you never empty your SD card onto your computer. But if you have other devices, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, then these are great. Or if you have a camera with multiple card slots and want sort of a permanent backup these are great for that too.

PNY 256GB Elite Performance UHS-! SDXC U1 90MB/sec - (Amazon)

Sandisk 256GB Extreme Pro USH-1 SDXC U3 90MB/sec - (Adorama)

Sandisk 512GB Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDXC U3 90MB/sec - (Adorama)

 

Sony A6000 Speeds Stats

Shoots at a burst speed of 11fps and its file sizes are roughly around 25MB.

Burst Speeds: 11fps

To maintain a burst of 11 fps that's some crazy bandwidth. 11fps x 25MB = 275MB/s.

Buffering

With the buffer you can shoot 49 Jpeg shots, or 21 Raw. Meaning the buffer has something like 512MB of memory.

Your card speed doesn't necessarily affect your burst performance. Just when you're done bursting it will take a long time to write those files to your card.

With something like the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/sec card, you'll wait about 14 second for the files to write from the buffer to your card.

 

Do You Need A UHS-II Card

This camera only requires UHS-I cards and cannot take any advantage of a UHS-II card. So if you're looking to improve your burst write speeds this camera will not take advantage of UHS-II like a proper UHS-II compatible camera will. 

Bottom line is purchasing a UHS-II memory card for the Sony A600 will yield you no speed improvements. 

 

SDXC VS SDHC

If you want to buy a 32GB version of any of these cards they pretty much perform the same. However, 32GB cards and smaller are SDHC meaning they are formatted Fat32 instead of exFat64.

Do you need an SDXC card for the Sony A6000? Yes, the A6000 now shoots XAVC S footage so you need an SDXC card to shoot in this format. If you don't shoot video, then it won't matter.

Side note: You won't be able to format an SDHC card to exFat64 and be able to record to the XAVC video codec. 

 

Memory Card Speed Tests Conclusions

I'm getting pretty consistent results with these cards. Usually the Kingston and Sandisk Extreme Pro are the fastest cards. I've always bought the Sandisk Extreme Pro cards because they last for years and it saves you from having to upgrade in the near future. But when it comes to performance, you don't really see or notice any speed difference between any of these cards even with burst write speeds. You will however notice it on older cards. Mainly when you go to view playback. 

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Sony A6000 Accessories

Be sure to check out the Sony A6000 Acessories List to make sure you've got all the best accessories for your A6000.

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