Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T3

Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T3

The Fujifilm X-T3 has had a few upgrades compared to earlier models which have a significant impact on memory card performance. That is 4k 400mbps 10-bit internal H.265 recording.

If you want to get the best memory card performance with stills and video in the X-T3, there are only a few great cards that I recommend. Use this guide to find the best memory cards for the Fujifilm X-T3.

 

 

 Fujifilm X-T3 Specs

Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans IV BSI CMOS
Processor: X-Processor 4 with Quad CPU
Continous Shoot: 30fps Cont. Shooting
Est. Buffer Size: 2GB
Memory Card Compatibility: UHS-II / UHS-II
Time To Clear Buffer: 11.35 seconds (Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 300)
Shots To Fill Buffer RAW UNC: 35 (Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 300)

 

Fujifilm X-T3 – Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto

Best Accessories For The Fuji X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3 Review

 

Fujifilm X-T3 | The Speed Test


There are so many UHS-II memory cards now that all work pretty good, however, the X-T3 does still have some lockup issues like the X-H1 and X-T2 so you will have to be selective in which cards you buy.

Here is the speed chart showing how fast each card performs in the Fuji X-T3. I’ll list my recommended memory cards below as well as more information regarding what ‘No’ means with 4k Vid.

SD Memory CardsUSB 3.0 RUSB 3.0 W4K VidLockupFujifilm X-T3Order
UHS-II      
Lexar 2000x272.7 MB/s244.5 MB/sYesNo144.69 MB/sAmazon
Sony G259.2 MB/s234.5 MB/sYesNo143.10 MB/sAmazon
Delkin V90245.1 MB/s164.6 MB/sYesuntested140.38 MB/sAmazon
Adata V90256.5 MB/s231.7 MB/sYesYes136.71 MB/sAmazon
Toshiba Exceria Pro258.8 MB/s226.5 MB/sYesNo134.22 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 300263.2 MB/s233.4 MB/sYesNo131.23 MB/sAmazon
Hoodman Steel 2000x268.7 MB/s 183.9 MB/sYesuntested115.48 MB/sAmazon
Fujifilm Elite II294.0 MB/s 181.6 MB/sYesuntested115.02 MB/sAmazon
Transcend290.2 MB/s182.1 MB/sYesYes114.75 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Pro 280260.5 MB/s214.8 MB/sNoNo89.72 MB/sAmazon
ProGrade v90  YesNountested 
ProGrade v60166.7 MB/s64.54 MB/sNoYes74.13 MB/sAmazon
Sony M253.2 MB/s91.62 MB/sNoNo68.23 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 1000x147.4 MB/s78.4 MB/sYesuntested63.39 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 1900X v60273.3 MB/s97.3 MB/sNoYes59.65 MB/sAmazon
Amplim 1900x v60  YesNountested 
Angelbird v90    coming soon 
Angelbird v60    coming soon 
UHS-I      
Sandisk Extreme Pro U398.6 MB/s90.8 MB/sNo69.70 MB/sAmazon
Kingston U398.1 MB/s90.4 MB/sNo69.56 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro+ U397.5 MB/s87.3 MB/sNo67.81 MB/sAmazon
Transcend U396.7 MB/s84.9 MB/sNo65.66 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro U196.3 MB/s82.2 MB/sNo64.84 MB/sAmazon
Delkin 633x U398.3 MB/s88.7 MB/sNo63.86 MB/sAmazon
Sony U3 – Old Model96.5 MB/s84.5 MB/sNo63.22 MB/sAmazon
Samsung Pro U397.7 MB/s78.6 MB/sNo63.10 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 633x U393.3 MB/s67.3 MB/sNo54.38 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme Plus U399.0 MB/s64.4 MB/sNo54.22 MB/sAmazon
PNY Elite Performance U396.5 MB/s66.1 MB/sNo54.09 MB/sAmazon
Lexar 600x U195.4 MB/s64.8 MB/sNo53.54 MB/sAmazon
PNY Elite Performance U196.5 MB/s66.5 MB/sNo52.33 MB/sAmazon
Sony U3 – New Model96.7 MB/s56.2 MB/sNo50.01 MB/sAmazon
Sandisk Extreme U372.43 MB/s54.1 MB/sNo45.22 MB/sAmazon
Toshiba Exceria U3  No28.90 MB/s
Sandisk Ultra U199.3 MB/s36.1 MB/sNo24.72 MB/s
Samsung U1 EVO47.7 MB/s21.96 MB/sNo23.62 MB/s

 

4K Video 

All the UHS-II cards and a lot of the UHS-I cards record 4k 400mbps just fine. I marked the cards no if they gave me other issues, like “read error” when trying to play back the file in-camera.

I know those Sony M cards are loved by many, but they were causing read errors for some reason when playing back the clips. The footage is fine when imported into Premiere. If you don’t care about playing back footage reliably in-camera then the cards marked 4K ‘No’ are fine as long as they aren’t listed as Yes with lockups.

Every camera and every card is different, if it caused issues for me, it might still be ok for you.

 

Lockups

There are different types of lockups which I’ll go over later. Sometimes I get initialization issues, sometimes I get whole camera user resets. I test each card while out shooting for my Fuji X lens reviews to see if they give me issues.

*Not every X-T3 camera will cause lockups with these cards. For the first time I got one of the lemon Fujifilm camera that has the lockup issues.

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Best SD Memory Cards


Based on the speed chart, compatibility issues and the memory card performance with video, there are only a few cards left that I recommend. Here is the list.

 

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. Lexar is known for having issues in camera like Prograde.

Fujifilm officially recommends the Extreme Pro UHS-II, the Sony G and the Toshiba cards. I love the Toshiba cards but they are harder to find in the USA but are everywhere in Japan.

 

Sandisk Extreme Pro 300  64GB

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II Recommended Memory Card

Sandisk memory cards really are the best for Fujifilm cameras now. 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.

– Amazon

 


Sony G UHS-II 64GB

Sony G UHS-II Recommended Memory Card

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.

Amazon

 


Toshiba

Toshiba Exceria Pro Recommended Memory CardToshiba makes great cards, they’re not that popular in the United States and the 64GB size cards are a little hard to find. If you see these come in stock at a good price or if you need a larger size than 64GB, don’t be afraid to pick some up. Often you can find the 64GB model for a better price than the Sony or Sandisk cards.

– Amazon

 

 

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Memory Card Lockup Issues

 

A lot of people are blaming memory cards for the lockup issues Fujifilm is having. I’ve been testing all the memory cards in Fujifilm cameras for over four years now and have noticed some patterns and behaviors of Fujifilm cameras that I will explain.

Every camera brand has memory card problems, bad memory card performance in the Fujifilm X-T3 isn’t unique to Fujifilm. I’ve received may comments and emails from Sony shooters having compatibility issues with U3 cards, Panasonic cameras have some serious issues especially with Lexar, and memory cards for the GoPro Hero7 often have problems, which is why I make these pages to help the community.

 

Types Of Lockups

There are a few types of lockups I’ve seen. One happens when the card is trying to initialize, when you first turn on the camera, or if the camera goes into sleep then you try to wake it up. You’ll see the image display but no information comes up, even turning off your camera won’t release you from this crash and you have to eject your battery.

The other lockup happens when shooting Continuous H burst mode where the camera will just freeze.

I’ve even had issues where my camera would lockup and my custom user settings would get reset.

These lockups are rare and sometimes I don’t get them for several days.

 

Cards That Cause Lockups

I’m trying to get some Angel Bird cards to test out as well.

 

So far bad cards – updated Oct 25 2018

Prograde v60 – the slow one – v90 version works fine.

Delkin V60 (1900x / Prime) – slow card causes slow initialization

Adata v90 – camera crash, trouble powering lens, custom menu reset.

Transcend UHS-II U3 – Occasional Lockups

Fujifilm UHS-II U3 – Still Testings

Hoodman UHS-II U3 – Still Testing

 

Fujifilm X-T3 Best Memory Cards 4k Video

 

All of the UHS-II cards will let you record 4k 400mbps, even a lot of the UHS-I cards on the top of the chart record 4k 400, but you will be inviting problems if you try to use UHS-I cards.

Even though the 4k clips will record, I’m getting a lot of issues playing back 4k 400mbps footage with a lot of the slower UHS-II cards. I frequently get “Read Errors.”

400mbps is a massive data stream and you need a card that can produce minimum write speeds of 50MB/s. This means U3 or v30 cards do not qualify and you’ll need V60 cards at least, preferably v90 cards for flawless playback and recording.

 

ExFat vs Fat 32

While the camera still formats the memory cards to ExFat, it doesn’t actually use the 64-bit architecture and the video files are limited to the 4GB 32-bit file size limit. At 4K 400mbps, 4GB clips end up being about 1 minute and 20 seconds. 

There was a rumor at fujirumors about the camera getting an exFat support firmware update which will expand the record times.

 

Using Dual Memory Card Slots

 

Backup Mode

If you plan on using both memory card slots, you will need to use fast cards in each slot if you plan on shooting in backup mode.

When shooting in backup mode, using a slow card will bottleneck the whole system down to the speed of the slowest card.

Also, if you shoot RAW+JPG, you will not get as good of performance as you will by only shooting RAW.

 

Overflow

If you’re shooting with a second card in slot two and you’re only set to overflow, then your performance will only be limited to the speed of the card being used at that time.

 

 

Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T3 | Bottom Line


The three recommended memory cards by Sony, Sandisk and Toshiba are really the way to go with the Fujifilm X-T3. However, if you’re not planning on using the camera for 4k 400mbps video shooting and you don’t do a lot of burst shooting, you can get away with a Sandisk Extreme Pro or any of the UHS-I cards on the top of the test chart as long as they are not, Lexar or Prograde. 

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