Best Memory Cards For The Canon T7i / 800D

Fastest Memory Cards For The Canon T7i / 800D.

An in-camera comparison between all the most popular SD memory cards and how they perform when shooting in the Canon T7i, also known as the 800D.

Use this guide to find the best memory cards for your style of shooting.

Camera Specs

Sensor: APS-C 24.2MP CMOS / Processor: DIGIC 7

SD Memory Card Type: UHS-I

Video: 1080p 60fps

Continuous Burst: 6fps

Est. Size of Buffer: 500MB

Uncompressed Shots Till Buffer Fills: 29

Est. Time Taken To Clear Buffer: 6 seconds


Canon T7i / 800D  – Amazon / Adorama / B&H



Fastest Memory Card For The Canon EOS T7i / 800D


General Performance And Speed Chart

With the new Digic 7 processor the Canon T7i has a nice speed increase over the previous models. With speeds up to 74 MB/s the camera performs better with UHS-I cards than many UHS-II cameras such as the Panasonic GH5 or the Sony A99 II.

That’s kind of crazy right? The little ol Canon T7i has faster UHS-I memory card performance than Sony’s flagship A99 II using UHS-II cards. 

Anyway, check out the results to find the best card for your needs.

All USB 3.0 tests done using CrystalDisk – Windows 10, with the Lexar SR2.

SD Memory CardsUSB 3.0 ReadUSB 3.0 WriteCanon T7i WriteSee Price
Lexar 64GB 2000x272.7 MB/s244.5 MB/s73.49 MB/sAmazon
Transcend 64GB290.2 MB/s182.1 MB/s72.90 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 250 64GB245.1 MB/s164.6 MB/s72.01 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 300 64GB263.2 MB/s233.4 MB/s71.12 MB/sAmazon
Sony 260 64GB253.2 MB/s91.62 MB/s69.12 MB/sAmazon
Toshiba 64GB258.8 MB/s226.5 MB/s67.25 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 100  64GB273.3 MB/s97.3 MB/s60.26 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 64GB 1000x147.4 MB/s78.4 MB/s58.11 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 280 64GB260.5 MB/s214.8 MB/s39.79 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB U398.6 MB/s90.8 MB/s74.76 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro+ 64GB U397.5 MB/s87.3 MB/s71.74 MB/sAmazon
Kingston 64GB U398.1 MB/s90.4 MB/s70.71 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro 64GB U196.3 MB/s82.2 MB/s69.69 MB/sAmazon
Sony 64GB U3 – Old Model96.5 MB/s84.5 MB/s69.68 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 633x 64GB U398.3 MB/s88.7 MB/s67.41 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro 64GB U397.7 MB/s78.6 MB/s67.35 MB/sAmazon
Transcend 64GB U396.7 MB/s68.4 MB/s58.36 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB U399.0 MB/s64.4 MB/s56.52 MB/sAmazon
PNY 64GB U396.5 MB/s66.1 MB/s56.08 MB/sAmazon
PNY 64GB U196.5 MB/s66.5 MB/s55.41 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 600x 64GB U195.4 MB/s64.8 MB/s53.99 MB/sAmazon
Sony 64GB U3 – New Model96.7 MB/s56.2 MB/s52.99 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 633x 64GB U393.3 MB/s67.3 MB/s49.66 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme 64GB U372.43 MB/s54.1 MB/s48.51 MB/sAmazon
Samsung 64GB U1 EVO47.7 MB/s27.3 MB/s20.22 MB/sAmazon


Recommended SD Memory Cards For The T7i / 800D

Since the Canon T7i doesn’t use UHS-II technology, there isn’t really a need to spend the extra money on UHS-II cards, unless you want very fast transfer speeds to your computer from a UHS-II memory card reader.

The best performing and probably the best all around card for the T7i is the Sandisk Extreme Pro. Second place would be the Samsung Pro+ card, but any of the top performers functioned great in this camera, as to be expected – it’s a Canon, everything always just works.



Fastest UHS-II Memory Cards

Although the Canon T7i doesn’t support the extra speed you can get out of UHS-II memory cards, many people still like to use UHS-II to gain the performance when transferring from their cards to their computers. You will need a fast UHS-II memory card reader.

Lexar x2000 UHS-II 64GB – Amazon / Adorama

Transcend 64GB – Amazon

Delkin 250 64GB – Amazon / B&H

Sandisk Extreme Pro 300 64GB – Amazon / Adorama / B&H



Fastest UHS-I Memory Cards

UHS-I are all around the best cards for the T7i, simply because they perform great and are very reasonably priced.

Sandisk Extreme Pro U3 64GB – Amazon / Adorama / B&H

Samsung Pro+ 64GB U3 – Amazon / Adorama

Kingston 64GB U3 – Amazon / Adorama / B&H




Canon T7i Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use Micro SD Memory Cards in the Canon T7i?

There is a lot of discussion about this with various cameras. Some people love Micro SD memory cards because of their versatility. They can shoot in camera, pop them into a phone and send shots to friends. Or swap cards between the camera and other devices, like action cameras or drones.

While Micro SD cards work fine, I personally don’t like them for my cameras. They are too small and easy to misplace. I’ve also had problems with the micro SD to SD adapter losing connection while shooting giving me errors.


What Cards Work Best For Video?

Since the Canon T7i is still only capable of shooting 1080p video, any decent memory card will work just fine. 


My Card Isn’t Fast, What’s Wrong?

If you’re having some issues with your memory cards, here is a list of a few things that could be your problem.

  • Sometimes cards are just bad. You can usually get them replaced without hassle and many have really good warranties. 
  • There are a lot of counterfeit cards out there. If you bought of Ebay, chances are you got duped. Stick with BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon or other trusted stores.
  • Make sure the cards and connection pins are all clean and undamaged.


What Size Memory Card Should I Get, 32GB or 64GB?

I use 32GB cards if I’m just shooting photos and I rarely fill the cards. If I’m shooting photos with some videos here and there, I’ll need a 64GB card.

If I’m traveling and shooting on a card that I don’t clear for a few days I’ll usually fill up a 32GB card. 



Best SD Memory Card Canon EOS T7i | Bottom Line

The Canon T7i can really take advantage of memory card performance, but the burst rate at only 6fps, isn’t all that great, but probably find for most people. This means you may not really need super fast cards since you may not be using the camera for a lot of burst photography. However, if you do shoot in burst mode a lot and want that buffer cleared quickly, then you may want to consider getting the Sandisk Extreme Pro cards. I personally always buy these anyway since they typically are the best.