A look at in-camera performance between all the most popular SD memory cards in the Canon M6 mark II.
Use this guide to find the best memory cards for the Canon M6 II.
Also, check out the guide for the best accessories for the EOS M6 Mark II.
Best Memory Cards Canon M6 Mark II
Buying memory cards for the Canon M6 Mark II can be a little tricky and there are a few things you should know especially if you’re buying the camera to shoot 4k video.
The Canon M6II shoots 4k video at 300Mbps. Meaning you’ll need a memory card that maintains a data stream of 37.5MB/s. While it seems like UHS-I memory cards can handle this task, no UHS-I memory card guarantees a minimum write speed greater than 30MB/s, so you could potentially run into issues.
Instead, to guarantee performance with 4k video, you’ll need v60 memory cards which are only available as UHS-II cards.
Top 5 Recommended Memory Cards Canon M6 Mark II
The Canon M6 II supports UHS-II memory cards which can be found in two basic speed classes, v60 and v90.
V60 cards are great because they are fast enough for 4k video but still offer great value with their price and size.
V90 cards are the fastest available and are very useful for clearing that buffer quickly when shooting 14fps continuous burst.
Here the top 5 recommended cards with their in-camera speeds.
|Recommended Memory Cards||Canon M6 Mark II Speed||USB Write||USB Read||Price|
|Sony G Tough||108.37 MB/s||201.0||256.8||Amazon|
|Delkin Power v90||108.28 MB/s||191.0||257.6||Amazon|
|ProGrade V90||107.09 MB/s||164.9||258.2||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||106.88 MB/s||223.8||263.6||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||106.80 MB/s||190.5||258.5||Amazon|
|Delkin Prime v60||76.09 MB/s||89.1||252.8||Amazon|
|Sony M Tough||74.72 MB/s||91.6||253.6||Amazon|
Memory Card Speed Test | In-Camera Test Results
We test every card that’s available at the time to gather in-camera benchmarks. This is done by shooting a few continuous burst sequences until the buffer is full, then I measure how much time it takes the buffer to clear against how much data was written.
USB 3.0 speeds are taken with a Lexar reader. Although, there are new USB-C readers that run a bit faster with most cards. So if you have a USB-C computer, be sure to grab one of those.
The Sandisk UHS-II USB-C reader has been working great with most cards – Amazon.
|Memory Card||Speed Class||Canon M6 II Write||USB Read||USB Write|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||UHS-II||106.80||258.5||190.5|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||UHS-II||106.88||263.6||223.8|
|Sony G Tough*||UHS-II||108.37||256.8||201.0|
|Delkin Power v90||UHS-II||108.28||257.6||191.0|
|Delkin Prime v60||UHS-II||76.09||252.8||89.1|
|Fujifilm Elite II||UHS-II||106.61||259.3||168.4|
|Hoodman Steel 2000x||UHS-II||104.56||268.7||183.9|
|Hoodman Steel 1500x*||UHS-II||76.26||258.1||169.2|
|Amplim 1900x V60*||UHS-II||75.84||249.8||104.5|
|Angel Bird V90*||UHS-II||106.82||256.6||211.1|
|Angel Bird V60*||UHS-II||74.54||166.9||80.2|
|FreeTail Evoke Pro V60*||UHS-II||74.57||238.5||102.8|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s||UHS-I||60.68||99.2||88.3|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus||UHS-I||59.87||99.3||88.2|
|Sandisk Extreme U3||UHS-I||43.91||99.3||56.8|
|Sandisk Ultra U1||UHS-I||24.66||99.5||34.3|
|Kingston Canvas React A1 U3*||UHS-I||55.91||99.6||82.5|
|Kingston Canvas Go! U3*||UHS-I||53.40||99.6||74.0|
|Lexar 633x U1||UHS-I||43.57||95.0||54.6|
|Sony Professional U3*||UHS-I||61.69||98.5||60.2|
|Sony U3 94MB/s||UHS-I||49.38||96.7||57.5|
|Sony U3 95MB/s||UHS-I||59.71||96.6||85.4|
|PNY Elite Performance U3||UHS-I||51.18||96.7||66.9|
|Delkin Advantage U3*||UHS-I||57.52||99.6||78.8|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro U3*||UHS-I||57.00||97.8||74.7|
|Toshiba Exceria U3*||UHS-I||24.59||97.2||29.9|
|Verbatim Pro+ U3*||UHS-I||55.64||98.5||83.7|
|Verbatim Pro U3*||UHS-I||50.19||96.6||68.0|
|Amplim 667x A1 V30*||UHS-I||35.15||99.6||52.2|
Canon M6 Mark II Camera Specs And Buffer Questions
|Sensor: 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
Processor: DIGIC 8 Image Processor
SD Cards Slot: Single Slot UHS-II
Continuous Burst: 14 fps
Video: 4K at 25p/29.97p 300Mbps
Maximum Memory Card Size: No Limit
How Big Is The Buffer? 850MB est.
How Many Shots To Fill Buffer? 26
What Size Are The Raw Files: 35MB
How Long To Clear Buffer? 6sec
Canon M6 Mark II | Recommended Memory Card Sizes & Types
The Canon M6 Mark II 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
UHS-II memory cards
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.
U1 vs U3 vs V60 vs V90
U and V ratings designate the minimum write speed.
U1 can do 10MB/s, U3 or V30 can do 30MB/s and so on.
Best Cards for 4k Video
If you’re buying the Canon M6 Mark II for 4k video there are a few things you need to know when shopping for memory cards.
Unlike the Canon M50 the M6 II has a 100% sensor coverage when hooting 4k and 1080p.
4k Video will record at a bitrate of 300Mbps, while 1080p will record at a bitrate of 90Mbps.
300Mbps equals 37.5MB/s
90Mbps equals 11.25MB/s.
This means for shooting 4k video, you’ll need a card that runs at a minimum speed of 37.5MB/s. But you’ll want a card with a rating faster than that such as v60 cards so you can maintain a minimum data rate of 60MB/s.
In other words if you’re shooting 4k video on the Canon M6 II, you’ll need a v60 UHS-II memory card to achieve full compatibility with the specs.
Avoiding Counterfeit Cards
You’ve probably witnessed the big scare photography sites and YouTubers keep pushing on people about having a single card slot. “Cards, fail all the time.” Well not really, they only trying to scare you into buying a Sony A7III instead of an EOS R or Nikon Z6. It’s the weirdest thing seeing so many people and big review sites shill for Sony now. I use to think I was crazy, but when anyone is trying to sell you a Sony A6400 camera, there is not a word about a single card slot compared to the XT3.
Anyway, what’s happening is lot of people are ending up with counterfeit memory cards. It’s been a serious problem especially for people that like to shop at Ebay. Ironically a lot of the big influencers crying about failed cards, are also big Ebay shoppers, but you can get counterfeit cards from even Amazon from time to time.
You can easily avoid counterfeit cards right now buy getting Sony Tough cards ( I haven’t seen anyone hack those yet ), or by always making sure you buy from a trusted dealer.
Once you get your cards, max out its capacity by recording video, shooting (with the camera in electronic shutter so you don’t wear out the shutter) or transferring files from your computer. If the card makes it close to its rated size you’re good to go!
Best SD Memory Cards Canon M6 Mark II Conclusions
The Canon M6 II is a powerful little beast of a camera and I’m very excited to see Canon really supporting their APS-C line with such amazing specs and the solid build quality.
Because the camera takes UHS-II memory cards, you can turn it into a high-performance continuous shooting machine, or save some money by using a slower v60 UHS-II cards or even UHS-I cards. The choice is yours.
Regarding size, you’ll probably want no smaller than 64GB, but a lot of people are going with 128GB cards now.