Best Memory Cards Canon M50 / Canon Kiss M

We tested all the most popular memory cards in the Canon M50. While the Canon M50 has some incredible memory card write speeds for a UHS-I camera, not all cards are going to give you the best performance even if they are fast in the camera. We found a few brands had a few hiccups or problems when filming in 4k. 

Use this guide to find the best memory cards for the Canon M50 / Canon Kiss M.

 

Recommended Memory Cards Canon M50

 

The Canon M50 is a very high performance consumer camera with a small buffer and only UHS-I compatibility. It’s important with this particular camera to get a high performance UHS-I card so there are no issues when burst shooting or recording 4k video.

Here is our short list of recommended memory cards. These cards ran the best and are the most likely to give you the best results.

 

Sandisk Extreme Pro U3 UHS-I

In Camera Speeds: 62.59 MB/s

This is the #1 recommended card for the Canon M50. Since the M50 is such a high performance camera with a fairly small buffer, you really are going to want the best card and the Sandisk Extreme Pro is it.

– Amazon / Adorama / B&H

 

Sandisk Extreme Plus U3 UHS-I

In Camera Speeds: 49.62 MB/s

The Sandisk Extreme Plus didn’t run as fast as the Extreme Pro, but still was very reliable. Usually you can find the Extreme Pro for the same price so the Pro is a better deal. However, sometimes Walmart or Bestbuy or may not have the Pro, so if you’re on the run, you can just grab the Plus and it will get the job done.

– Amazon / Adorama / BHPhoto

Transcend U3 UHS-I

In Camera Speeds: 61.17 MB/s

Of all the sort of Alt-Brands memory cards, the Transcend was the most reliable. Most of the Alt-Brand cards worked great, but would sometimes produce a few slow downs when bursting. While we usually recommend more cards for Canon mirrorless cameras, the Canon M50 is pretty demanding, so Transcend is going to be our third recommendation because it performed so well.

– AmazonBHPhoto

 

Other Cards That Work Or Don’t Work

All the Samsung cards had great performance except the EVO card, PNY had issues, as did Lexar, Kingston and Sony. For UHS-II cards many of the cards worked great like the Lexar 1000X, Sony G (not M), Toshiba, Delkin 1900x (not the V90), Adata, Transcend, Fujifilm and Hoodman.

ProGrade, had a few issues. 

The test results below are of an average, when we get numbers that are wildly different from each other the cards are reported as having issues. For example, one burst series might read the card at 50MB/s, then the next burst does 60MB/s. A good reliable card won’t do that it will be consistent all the time.

In the past, many cameras didn’t take issue with this, but sometimes now 4k cameras, or cameras that require a lot of bandwidth while shooting bursts, like the Fujifilm X-H1, will see problems like lockups or buffer failures.

 

Memory Card Speed Test | In-Camera Test Results

 

If you don’t like the cards above and want something else, use the chart below to see which cards are best for your needs. All cards with issues are marked with sad faces.

SD Memory CardsUSB 3.0 ReadUSB 3.0 WriteCanon M50Order
UHS-II    
Toshiba Exceria Pro258.8 MB/s226.5 MB/s63.26 MB/sAmazon
Sony G259.2 MB/s234.5 MB/s63.18 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 2000x272.7 MB/s244.5 MB/s63.11 MB/sAmazon
Adata V90256.5 MB/s231.7 MB/s62.26 MB/sAmazon
Delkin V90245.1 MB/s164.6 MB/s62.21 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 300263.2 MB/s233.4 MB/s62.21 MB/sAmazon
Fujifilm Elite II294.0 MB/s 181.6 MB/s62.09 MB/sAmazon
Hoodman Steel 2000x268.7 MB/s 183.9 MB/s61.99 MB/sAmazon
Transcend290.2 MB/s182.1 MB/s61.17 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 1000x147.4 MB/s78.4 MB/s54.25 MB/sAmazon
Sony M253.2 MB/s91.62 MB/s55.38 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Delkin 1900X v60273.3 MB/s97.3 MB/s45.69 MB/sAmazon
ProGrade v60166.7 MB/s64.54 MB/s38.83 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 280260.5 MB/s214.8 MB/s36.08 MB/s 🙁Amazon
UHS-I    
Sandisk Extreme Pro U398.6 MB/s90.8 MB/s62.59 MB/sAmazon
Kingston U398.1 MB/s90.4 MB/s61.36 MB/sAmazon
Transcend U396.7 MB/s84.9 MB/s60.71 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro+ U397.5 MB/s87.3 MB/s60.29 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro U196.3 MB/s82.2 MB/s59.23 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro U397.7 MB/s78.6 MB/s56.51 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 633x U398.3 MB/s88.7 MB/s54.42 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Sandisk Extreme Plus U399.0 MB/s64.4 MB/s49.62 MB/sAmazon
PNY Elite Performance U396.5 MB/s66.1 MB/s49.19 MB/sAmazon
Sony U3 – Old Model96.5 MB/s84.5 MB/s46.95 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 633x U393.3 MB/s67.3 MB/s44.58 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Sony U3 – New Model96.7 MB/s56.2 MB/s42.74 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Lexar 600x U195.4 MB/s64.8 MB/s42.48 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Sandisk Extreme U372.43 MB/s54.1 MB/s42.36 MB/sAmazon
PNY Elite Performance U196.5 MB/s66.5 MB/s39.83 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Samsung U1 EVO47.7 MB/s21.96 MB/s26.91 MB/s 🙁Amazon
Sandisk Ultra U199.3 MB/s36.1 MB/s24.22 MB/s 🙁Amazon

 

 

Canon M50 | Recommended Memory Card Sizes & Types

 

The Canon M50 user manual states that you can use any memory card size in any of the following formats.

SD memory cards
SDHC memory cards
SDXC memory cards
UHS-I memory cards

Further testing shows that UHS-II memory cards will work fine as well.

 

SDHC vs SDXC

The difference between SDHC and SDXC has to do with how the memory cards get formatted. SDHC means 32bit (Fat32) and SDXC means 64Bit in an ExFat format.

 

Best Cards for 4k Video

If you’re buying the Canon M50 for 4k video there are a few things to note, one is that the camera will crop down to 2.45x crop from the usual 1.7x APS-C crop. You will also lose dual pixel autofocus.

The M50 will record MP4 with a 150Mbps bitrate which is not very memory intensive and most cards will be able to handle this just fine, but some bogus cards will see the buffer fill very quickly even though they read U1 or U3.

For 4k video in the Canon M50, you will want a memory card that is U3 and at least 64GB in size since 150Mbps will fill your cards quickly.

128GB memory cards will work as well as 256GB, according to Canon. We don’t test cards this size.

You should only use UHS-I memory cards since UHS-II cards give you no benefits.

 

Best Memory Cards For Still

 

If you’re just planning on using the Canon M50 for stills, there have been no reports of lockups with any memory cards and most memory cards (even those not recommended) will work fine. However, the PNY U1 card did have serious issues with the camera and you should avoid that particular card.

 

 

Best Memory Card Canon M50 | Bottom Line

 

The Canon M50 / Canon Kiss M is a powerful little camera and it will require you to get a nice memory cards like a Sandisk Extreme Pro or Plus to get the most out of it. While 150MB/s with video doesn’t seem very demanding, but if a certain card has a slow down or inconsistent performance, they could cause some random problems while shooting.