A detailed guide for finding the best and most reliable memory cards for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 and at the best prices.
Best Memory Cards | Fujifilm X-Pro 3
After years of testing memory cards in various cameras, I’ve put together this article that should hopefully teach you everything you need to know in order to get the best cards for your need with as little hassle as possible.
There are a few things you know before buying memory cards, especially for a camera like the X-Pro3. First off, the X-Pro3 has dual UHS-II memory card slots. Most UHS-II memory cards will be fast enough for 4k video on the X-Pro3 with the exception of maybe the Sony E which is designed for UHS-I write with a U3 rating, but has UHS-II read speeds.
Generally, if you’re shooting casually you won’t really notice the difference between a V90 UHS-II card and a V60 card. In fact, if you’re shooting JPG and using features like clarity, it will slow down the write speed significantly to the point where it won’t matter at all if you’re using a slower card do to the CPU bottleneck.
Most photographers using the X-Pro 3 will probably be totally fine with a V60 card like the Sony Tough M card. That would be my first choice personally. Save yourself some money, get a slightly slower, but bigger card.
Burst shooters, doing a lot more action will see the benefit of using the V90 cards. I just don’t know a lot of sports and action photographers using the X-Pro3.
To shoot 4k video at 400Mbps, you’ll want a card that has an in-camera performance of at least 60MB/s. you might be tempted to go with UHS-I, but sometimes they don’t work because they are only a speed class of v30 or U3, so they can only guarantee a data stream of 30MB/s. V60 cards guarantee a data stream of 60MB/s.
Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Best Memory Cards & Recommendations
For the Fujifilm X-Pro3, there are two different speed classes of memory cards that will benefit different groups of users. V90 cards are the fastest and are ideal for shootings doing a lot of bursting and need the buffer to clear quickly.
Video shooters or casual photographers, or JPG shooters will benefit from v60 cards because of the better price to storage ratio. V60 UHS-II cards are more than fast enough for the 4k video the Fujifilm X-T3 outputs.
Here is a list of the top recommended cards.
|Recommended Memory Cards||In-Camera Speeds||USB Write||USB Read||64GB|
|Sony Tough G||144.0 MB/s||229.1||270.6||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||135.6 MB/s||242.2||293.7||Amazon|
|Delkin Power||138.8 MB/s||221.6||280.2||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||132.2 MB/s||218.1||259.6||Amazon|
|ProGrade v90||133.6 MB/s||218.4||290.5||Amazon|
|Sony Tough M||108.9 MB/s||129.5||282.4||Amazon|
|Sony E||99.9 MB/s||103.8||282.3||Amazon|
Memory Card Speed Test | In-Camera Test Results
This test lists different performance metrics with different memory cards. USB tests are taken with a USB-C UHS-II reader with Cyrstal Disk. Camera write speeds are taken from the Fujifilm X-T3 which has very similar hardware. Each camera from the same generation has very similar results.
|Memory Card||Speed Class||In-Camera Write||USB Read||USB Write|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||UHS-II||135.6||293.7||242.2|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||UHS-II||132.2||259.6||218.1|
|Sony G Tough*||UHS-II||144.0||270.6||229.1|
|Sony M Tough||UHS-II||108.9||282.4||129.5|
|Delkin Black v90||UHS-II||--||224||210.1|
|Delkin Power v90||UHS-II||138.8||280.2||221.6|
|Delkin Prime v60||UHS-II||67.9||252.8||89.1|
|Fujifilm Elite II||UHS-II||75.4||290.3||173.2|
|Hoodman Steel 2000x||UHS-II||131.2||280.7||169.1|
|Hoodman Steel 1500x*||UHS-II||110.4||289.2||105.8|
|Amplim 1900x V60*||UHS-II||69.5||289.3||104.2|
|Angel Bird V90*||UHS-II||130.7||290.4||219.5|
|Angel Bird V60*||UHS-II||74.4||166.5||104.5|
|FreeTail Evoke Pro V60*||UHS-II||77.5||287.5||103.1|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s||UHS-I||69.7||99.2||88.3|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus||UHS-I||54.2||99.3||88.2|
|Sandisk Extreme U3||UHS-I||45.2||99.3||56.8|
|Sandisk Ultra U1||UHS-I||24.7||99.5||34.3|
|Kingston Canvas React A1 U3*||UHS-I||69.6||99.6||82.5|
|Kingston Canvas Go! U3*||UHS-I||54.4||99.6||74.0|
|Lexar 633x U1||UHS-I||53.5||95.0||54.6|
|Sony Professional U3*||UHS-I||--||98.5||60.2|
|Sony U3 94MB/s||UHS-I||50.0||96.7||57.5|
|Sony U3 95MB/s||UHS-I||63.2||96.6||85.4|
|PNY Elite Performance U3||UHS-I||54.1||96.7||66.9|
|Delkin Black U3||UHS-I||--||94.8||87.5|
|Delkin Advantage U3*||UHS-I||63.8||99.6||78.8|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro U3*||UHS-I||--||97.8||74.7|
|Toshiba Exceria U3*||UHS-I||28.9||97.2||29.9|
|Verbatim Pro+ U3*||UHS-I||--||98.5||83.7|
|Verbatim Pro U3*||UHS-I||--||96.6||68.0|
|Amplim 667x A1 V30*||UHS-I||--||99.6||52.2|
Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Frames Per Second: 11 Mechanical / 20 Electronic
How Many Memory Card Slots: 2 UHS-II memory card slots
What Is The Memory Card Capacity: Rated to support up to 512GB memory cards
Recording Limit For 4k: 10 Minutes
Recording Limits For 1080p: 15 Minutes
See the full guide to accessories: Must-Have Accessories Fujifilm X-Pro 3
Best Memory Cards For 4k Video
You have a few options for recording video and the memory card you choose will be important.
The X-Pro 3 is capable of shooting 400Mbps 10-bit internal video. This rated spec pushes the limit of what UHS-I cards can handle, and I highly recommend you buy UHS-II cards for this video bitrate. The Sony M cards work and even the Sony E cards will work if you’re on a budget.
However, if you’re shooting casual video, you can drop down to 200Mbps video and get great results. This will still keep the file size small but it’s still better than what most cameras can do. For example, the Sony cameras only shoot at a bitrate of 100Mbps. So dropping your bitrate to 200Mpbs is still twice as good as what you would get from the competition.
There are some recording limits that you should be aware of. For 1080p shooting, you can only record for 15 minutes at a time. For 4k you can only record video for 10 minutes at a time.
You cannot shoot video to a backup card, it will only go to one card so you do not need dual cards for video recording.
Best Memory Cards X-Pro 3 | Bottom Line
The X-Pro3 is an incredible camera packed with very high-quality components. It’s a little tricky picking the right memory cards for the job since it all depends on how you intend to use the camera.
If you want 400Mbps video, you should get a high-quality UHS-II card and then you can buy a UHS-I card or a cheaper UHS-II card when shooting photos, and you can send JPG to the slower card as a backup.
You definitely do not need top-tier cards for both slots.