The Fujifilm X-H1 may be the most capable camera I have ever tested and it is probably my favorite camera to date. The dual UHS-II memory cards with the incredibly fast buffer allows the X-H1 to put out some incredible performance with the right cards.
Use this guide to find the fastest memory cards for your Fujifilm X-H1.
Fujifilm X-H1 Specs
Sensor: 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
Processor: X-Processor Pro Engine
Continous Shoot: 14 fps Cont. Shooting
Est. Buffer Size: 1GB
Memory Card Compatibility: UHS-II / UHS-II
Time To Clear Buffer: 6.5 seconds (Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 300)
Shots To Fill Buffer RAW: 30 (Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 300)
Fujifilm X-H1 | The Speed Test
Every few months there are some new UHS-II memory cards that come on the market. I try to buy those that are getting a lot of attention to see if they are actually worth it. Often times they are not. I’ve tested just about every popular memory card with the X-H1 and the results for the most part were impressive. Most cards work very well and perform according to their specs.
There was one strange issue I had, the rental camera I was using started labeling memory cards at 9000 even after formatting. Once I reached DSCF9999 I would get the error “!1 Frame No Full.” After messing with the settings for a bit, I finally got the camera to do a frame reset but it wasn’t doing it by default.
In terms of 4k Video everything worked fine.
Use the chart below to see which cards are best for your needs.
|SD Memory Cards||USB 3.0 Read||USB 3.0 Write||Fujifilm X-H1||Order|
|Lexar 2000x||272.7 MB/s||244.5 MB/s||154.16 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony G||259.2 MB/s||234.5 MB/s||147.30 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin V90||245.1 MB/s||164.6 MB/s||144.49 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300||263.2 MB/s||233.4 MB/s||144.25 MB/s||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||258.8 MB/s||226.5 MB/s||143.63 MB/s||Amazon|
|Adata V90||256.5 MB/s||231.7 MB/s||141.67 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend||290.2 MB/s||182.1 MB/s||127.20 MB/s||Amazon|
|Fujifilm Elite II||294.0 MB/s||181.6 MB/s||125.90 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 280||260.5 MB/s||214.8 MB/s||91.64 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony M||253.2 MB/s||91.62 MB/s||82.23 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin 1900X v60||273.3 MB/s||97.3 MB/s||80.86 MB/s||Amazon|
|ProGrade v60||—||—||76.41 MB/s||Amazon|
|Hoodman Steel 2000x||268.7 MB/s||183.9 MB/s||66.09 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 1000x||147.4 MB/s||78.4 MB/s||66.02 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro U3||98.6 MB/s||90.8 MB/s||66.96 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro U3||97.7 MB/s||78.6 MB/s||66.79 MB/s||Amazon|
|Kingston U3||98.1 MB/s||90.4 MB/s||66.21 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro+ U3||97.5 MB/s||87.3 MB/s||65.05 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro U1||96.3 MB/s||82.2 MB/s||64.59 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin 633x U3||98.3 MB/s||88.7 MB/s||64.20 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend U3||96.7 MB/s||84.9 MB/s||62.39 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony U3 – Old Model||96.5 MB/s||84.5 MB/s||60.60 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus U3||99.0 MB/s||64.4 MB/s||55.57 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY Elite Performance U3||96.5 MB/s||66.1 MB/s||54.23 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 633x U3||93.3 MB/s||67.3 MB/s||53.75 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 600x U1||95.4 MB/s||64.8 MB/s||53.43 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY Elite Performance U1||96.5 MB/s||66.5 MB/s||52.02 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony U3 – New Model||96.7 MB/s||56.2 MB/s||49.11 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme U3||72.43 MB/s||54.1 MB/s||46.32 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung U1 EVO||47.7 MB/s||21.96 MB/s||20.19 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Ultra U1||99.3 MB/s||36.1 MB/s||25.15 MB/s||Amazon|
Fujifilm X-H1 Best Memory Cards
From looking at the results you can see that UHS-II cards are more than twice as fast as UHS-I cards. Also, there is a huge difference between the good, more expensive UHS-II cards vs the cheaper brands or models.
Does this speed matter in the real world? It depends. If you are doing a lot of bursting you will really enjoy having a faster UHS-II cards. I’ve personally found that you don’t always need the fastest UHS-II cards you can buy for the X-H1. Even a good UHS-I will perform well if you’re doing a moderate amount of bursting. For example when I shoot street photography, I set my camera to a slow burst speed and I’ll usually not blast of more than 8 shots at a time. In these situations a 60-70MB/s is more than capable of keeping up.
Some people report camera lockups with some cards, or batteries. I’ve personally have never experienced a lockup in any of my Fujifilm cameras or in any of the cameras I’ve tested. The only thing I can think of is either they have some bogus cards, or there some very subtle issues with the camera hardware that don’t impact performance other than a lockup here and there.
Fujifilm X-H1 Top 3 Recommended Memory Cards
I will leave Lexar off the list since the brand was purchased by a Chinese memory company Longsys and it will be a completely different card when they release new versions.
The Fujifilm X-H1 has two memory card slots that both support UHS-II memory cards. This will allow you to maintain great speeds while still recording backup to a second card or using the second cards as overflow.
In terms of memory card size, I’ve found 64GB to be the perfect size for travel and street as long as you clear your cards off every few days. For video you may want 128GB cards.
Sandisk Extreme Pro 300 64GB
Sandisk memory cards really are the best for Fujifilm cameras now that the Lexar we all knew and loved is gone. While Lexar, Delkin and Sony did outperform Sandisk by a few MB/s in this particular test, the speed difference is negligible and the Sandisk Extreme 300 cards are really worth it, especially considering they have a lifetime warranty.
Sony G UHS-II 64GB
The Sony G UHS-II cards came out early 2017 and are one of my top recommended cards. They work great in most cameras especially Fujifilm cameras and even come with data recovery software you can download. The only down side is they only have a 1-year warranty. Sony also makes an M card that is much slower, but also less expensive.
Delkin V90 64GB
I personally use Delkin UHS-II cards a lot in my cameras as either a backup UHS-II card in slot two, or even sometimes as a primary. They work great and are very fast. Just pay attention to the labeling when buying Delkin cards. There are V90 and V60 cards. For maximum speed you want the V90 cards. They’ve recently updated their branding to Power and Prime to make this a little easier. You want the Power cards.
Other Cards To Consider / Cards To Avoid
There are a lot of brands floating around Amazon making memory cards now. For the most part these are just white labeled cards. In other words these brands buy memory cards from one of the top factories and slap their own label on them. These will be cards like Hoodman, Fujifilm, ProGrade etc. These cards are fine and will put out nice results, but it’s always better to get your cards from the real brands like Sandisk.
Finding The Best SD Memory Cards Fujifilm X-H1
When buying memory cards, always make sure you buy from a trusted dealer. Adorama, BHPhoto, Bestbuy, Jet or Amazon are all good sources. If you buy from Ebay, you have a very high risk of getting fake memory cards, so as a word of caution, never buy memory cards off Ebay.
Best Memory Card 4k Video Fujifilm X-H1
The Fujifilm X-H1 puts out 200mbps video which translates to about 25MB/s. Any card that clears this number with in-camera write speeds will work find for 4k video. This may make you want to buy cheaper slower cards, but remember you have to transfer your footage to a drive. If you’re in the middle of a production, slow cards could slow you down and I would buy UHS-II memory cards with a higher read rate and a nice UHS-II memory card reader. Since you don’t need a fast write speed, you can get away with using some of the slower UHS-II cards that still have fast read speeds. This would be cards like the Delkin Prime, which have a USB 3.0 read speed of 273MB/s but only an in-camera write speed of 80MB/s. Great for video!
UHS-II vs. UHS-I Memory Cards In The Fujifilm X-H1
With the Fujifilm X-H1, you can get by using UHS-I memory cards if you’re just casually shooting. You’ll find they are less expensive and still have incredible performance. Actually, until recently Fujifilm cameras have always smoked the competition with UHS-I memory card speeds. UHS-I cards in Fujifilm cameras perform almost as fast as UHS-II cards do in Panasonic cameras as an example.
If you’re doing a lot of burst shooting, it will be worth buying the top performing UHS-II cards. If you’re shooting video, just get UHS-II cards that have decent write speeds but fast USB read speeds and you’ll be fine.
Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-H1 | Bottom Line
The Fujifilm X-H1 was the best camera at the time of its launch. The performance and features are just insane.
Because the camera is so versatile, it’s hard to say which cards are perfect for you. Spots, action and wildlife photographers will want the fastest UHS-II cards they can get, while a video shooter who doesn’t need fast write speeds might want cards with just fast read speeds for quick offload times.
With a few nice cards, you can do just about anything with this camera. While UHS-II are tempting, they aren’t always needed for the average joe just shooting casual photography. Or you can do what I do and buy a UHS-II card for slot one, then leave a slower UHS-I card in slot II for JPEG backups or for overflow. I actually shoot with a really fast 32GB card in slot one, then a 64GB UHS-I card in slot II. This get gets me through most situations.