The Fuji X-T10 is a fantastic little camera. I was surprised by how light and small it was and how well it performs all around. It feels very close to the X-T1 minus a few features. One being UHS-II. But that’s ok. This camera still uses SD memory cards at incredible speeds.
I’ve tested all the most popular cards to get an idea of how fast they perform in camera and will also share what I think are some great deals.
Side note: I love this camera! 🙂
Best SD Memory Cards For The Fujifilm X-T10
What type of memory card you need probably will depend on whether you shoot exclusively RAW or JPEG or both. But most of the newer cards are fast enough for any style of shooting. Just use the USB3.0 speeds and the camera speeds to determine what card might work best for you.
Fuji X-T10 Memory Card Speed Chart
For the speed tests, I shot with the camera at ISO 200, 1/125, f4. I shot in speed priority mode to fill the buffer then see how long it took the camera to write that information to the SD card.
USB 3.0 speeds were tested in a Macbook Pro with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. With UHS-II cards, USB 3.0 speeds were tested on Widows 8, a Transcend External UHS-II memory card reader and CrystalDiskMark.
|SD Memory Cards||USB 3.0 Read||USB 3.0 Write||Fuji X-T10 Speeds||See Price|
|Lexar 32GB 2000x UHS-II||280.9 MB/s||181.4 MB/s||47.71 MB/s||10.17 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin 32GB UHS-II||245.1 MB/s||164.6 MB/s||44.93 MB/s||8.93 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 32GB 1000x UHS-II||145.0 MB/s||60.7 MB/s||41.99 MB/s||10.56 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB UHS-II||257.3 MB/s||109.9 MB/s||28.74 MB/s||10.33 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC U3||89.0 MB/s||84.7 MB/s||51.19 MB/s||11.27 MB/s||Amazon|
|Kingston 64GB SDXC U3||88.1 MB/s||74.3 MB/s||50.57 MB/s||10.15 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme 64GB SDXC U3||71.3 MB/s||52.1 MB/s||49.30 MB/s||9.62 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro 64GB SDXC U1||86.8 MB/s||77.2 MB/s||48.02 MB/s||10.26 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony 64GB SDXC U3||87.2 MB/s||71.9 MB/s||46.58 MB/s||9.97 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB SDXC U3||88.9 MB/s||62.0 MB/s||45.45 MB/s||10.93 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend 64GB SDXC U3||87.7 MB/s||64.1 MB/s||42.83 MB/s||9.66 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY 64GB SDXC U1||86.1 MB/s||54.5 MB/s||42.72 MB/s||9.28 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 600x 64GB SDXC U1||85.6 MB/s||60.1 MB/s||42.63 MB/s||9.30 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY 64GB SDXC U3||87.9 MB/s||61.6 MB/s||42.62 MB/s||9.10 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung 64GB SDXC EVO U1||43.9 MB/s||22.7 MB/s||22.08 MB/s||9.96 MB/s||Amazon|
The Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II performed really poor, however, this happens with Fujifilm cameras sometimes. I’m not sure why, but sometimes if the card isn’t seated perfect or something, the card will perform very slow. Taking the card out and putting it back in sometimes fixes this. Unfortunately I didn’t catch this until after I sent the camera back.
Camera Write Speed Stats
The Fujifilm X-T10 has a very small buffer. It only takes 7 shots and less than a second to fill it. Because of this, it’s important to have a faster card.
However, if you’re a JPEG shooter like many X-shooters, then it’s less relevant since JPEGs are much smaller and the bottleneck happens with the processing of each image.
(With the Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-I SDXC U3)
|Shots Taken To Fill Buffer: 7||Shots Taken To Fill Buffer: 11|
|Time Taken To Fill Buffer: 0.8 seconds||Time Taken To Fill Buffer: 1.16sec|
|Frames Per Second with Buffer: 7fps||Frames Per Second with Buffer: 9fps|
|Frames Per Second After Buffer: 2.6fps||Frames Per Second After Buffer: 5fps|
Best Performing Cards
Taking Into Consideration USB 3.0 write speeds this are the best performing UHS-I cards.
Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC U3 64GB – (Amazon)
Kingston SDXC U3 64GB – (Amazon)
I’ll list the Sony again here since it is a great performing card with this camera. And I also like the PNY cards for performance, price and cost.
Samsung SDXC U1 64GB – (Amazon)
Sony SDXC U3 64GB – (Amazon)
Transcend SDXC U3 64GB – (Amazon)
I really like PNY cards also even though they aren’t quite as fast.
Fuji X-T10 Speed Tests Summary
The Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I card performed the best as usual. Second place was the Kingston. Both are great cards and I use them regularly. The less expensive cards vary in speed with the Samsung being a close competitor to the Sandisk and Kingston.
If you shoot Jpeg it won’t really matter what card you have unless you do a lot of continuous shooting, even then it will only make the difference by about 1fps.
RAW+JPEG speeds are about 2MB/s slower than RAW speeds. But the frame rates and burst speeds do slow down to about 1.2fps after the buffer is filled.
UHS-II Cards In The Fujifilm X-T10
You won’t be able to take advantage of UHS-II cards on this camera like you can on the Fujifilm X-T1, but there are a few reasons to consider UHS-II.
– You want extremely fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds. (Assuming you have a UHS-II card reader that works well for your computer.)
– You bought this camera with the idea that you’ll buy an X-T2 or an X-Pro2 when they come out next year.
Best SD Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T10 Conclusions
All the cards except the Samsung EVO perform pretty close. You probably won’t see a huge difference in camera from using a Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I or a PNY U1, however I have used slower cards in the past with my XT1, and while shooting wave photography or HDR where you’re continuously bursting off shots, you will end up hating your life while you wait for the card to write.
Need Some Accessories?
See the Fujifilm X-T10 Accessories Guide.
Also check out all the available lenses for the Fuji X-T10
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Any idea what is the buffer size of X-T10 and its brother X-T20?
The X-10 buffer is somewhere around 200MB. I haven’t had a chance to test the X-T20. I imagine it’s going to be bigger, Fujifilm has been increasing the size in these new cameras. It’s about 1GB in the X-T2 so hopefully the X-T20 is 1GB or at least 500MB. We’ll see though, I’ll be testing it in a few weeks.
how do you calculate camera write speed? does the camera show the write speed?
I shoot a series of continuous burst shots until it fills the buffer, record it on another camera and calculate how long it takes to clear the buffer to how much data was captured.