An in-camera speed test comparing all the most popular brands of memory cards for the Fujifilm X-T30.
Use this guide to find the best memory cards for your Fujifilm X-T30.
Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 Sensor
Processor: X-Processor 4 with Quad CPU
Continuous Shooting: 8fps MS, 20fps ES (no crop) / 30fps crop
Memory Card Slots: 1 Slot – UHS-I
Buffer Size: 1GB
Shots to Fill Buffer: 17 Uncompressed RAW (Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II)
Est Time To Clear Buffer: 12 sec
Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T30
Like with the Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm stipped out some of the more advanced features found in the flagship X-T3, so they could make a smaller, lighter and less expensive but still incredible camera.
They’ve taken the memory card speed class down to UHS-I with only a single card slot and to adjust for the slower speed, they limited video recording times to 10 minutes and reduced the bitrate to 200mbps.
While the camera only uses UHS-I cards, it’s one of the best performing UHS-I cameras out there. Usually cameras have some sort of bottleneck or slow down which limits their speed even with UHS-I cards, but the Fujifilm X-T30 is still able to stream at speeds up to 75MB/s. That’s pretty good.
Memory Card Speed Chart
Use this chart to see the fastest cards for your needs.
You can click and sort the tables to make it easier to follow.
|Memory Card||Speed Class||USB Read||USB Write||Fujifilm X-T30||Order|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s U3||UHS-I||99.2||88.3||68.35||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus U3||UHS-I||99.3||88.2||68.27||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme U3||UHS-I||99.3||56.8||46.58||Amazon|
|Sandisk Ultra U1||UHS-I||99.5||34.3||25.77||--|
|Kingston CanvasReact A1 U3||UHS-I||99.6||82.5||61.69||Amazon|
|Kingston CanvasGo! U3||UHS-I||99.6||74.0||57.22||Amazon|
|Lexar 633x U1||UHS-I||95.0||54.6||44.46||--|
|Sony Professional U3||UHS-I||98.5||60.2||69.08||Amazon|
|Sony U3 94MB/s||UHS-I||96.7||57.5||51.68||Amazon|
|Sony U3 95MB/s||UHS-I||96.6||85.4||65.46||Amazon|
|Transcend U3 U3||UHS-I||96.7||87.8||69.05||Amazon|
|PNY Elite Performance U3||UHS-I||96.7||66.9||58.34||Amazon|
|Delkin Advantage U3||UHS-I||99.6||78.8||64.09||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro U3||UHS-I||97.8||74.7||62.02||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria U3||UHS-I||97.2||29.9||28.65||Amazon|
|Verbatim Pro+ U3||UHS-I||98.5||83.7||63.01||Amazon|
|Verbatim Pro U3||UHS-I||96.6||68.0||50.69||Amazon|
|Amplim 667x A1 V30||UHS-I||99.6||52.2||44.60||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||UHS-II||258.5||190.5||72.13||Amazon|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||UHS-II||263.6||223.8||75.46||Amazon|
|Sony G Tough||UHS-II||256.8||201.0||73.00||Amazon|
|Fujifilm Elite II||UHS-II||259.3||168.4||70.01||Amazon|
|Hoodman Steel 2000x||UHS-II||268.7||183.9||70.47||Amazon|
|Hoodman Steel 1500x||UHS-II||258.1||169.2||70.45||BHphoto|
|Amplim 1900x V60||UHS-II||249.8||104.5||70.06||Amazon|
|Angel Bird V90||UHS-II||256.6||211.1||70.15||Amazon|
|Angel Bird V60||UHS-II||166.9||80.24||62.49||Amazon|
|FreeTail Evoke Pro V60||UHS-II||238.5||102.8||70.41||Amazon|
One thing to understand is that I test these cameras buffer speed as the camera is filling the buffer and stop when the buffer is full. This simulates how the camera is actually being used in the real world.
The X-T30 can write faster to the memory cards than the data shows here because there is always a slight slow down as the camera does a little work on each RAW file. This is where that bottleneck comes in with all cameras.
Almost certainly you can bet that if you were to just transfer a large file, the buffer would be able to transfer to each card at their USB speeds with this camera. But since each RAW file needs a little processing and converting, there is a slight delay before each file is transferred.
Top 5 Recommended Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T30
Many people already have their favorite brands and can use this chart to pick which card works best for them, but for those that know nothing about cards, here are my top 5 recommended cards for the Fujifilm X-T30.
Although the Fujifilm X-T30 performs the best with that Toshiba UHS-II card, I’m only going to recommend you buy UHS-I cards, as UHS-II technology will not be fully utilized by this camera so they end up being a waste of money.
Check the price of each card before buying since there are often some huge sales and price differences even though all five of these cards perform about the same.
Sony UHS-I U3 Professional
This is a new card by Sony and I actually really like it. They don’t market it as a tough card but there is a new build quality to it that feels a little more rugged and they say in their marketing material that this card has shell strength 10x stronger than consumer cards. Now, I don’t shoot with the same cards I do these tests with so that I don’t damage them, but over the years I’ve had cards fall apart just from doing my tests here which is pretty surprising. The last card that fell apart was the Sandisk Extreme Pro. Luckily there is a new model, so it was time to upgrade anyway.
5-Year limited warranty
Sandisk Extreme Pro
For years Sandisk has been the top brand of memory cards. There are some other good options out there now which is why I listed the Sony first, but this is still top-tier. Keep in mind, this new 170MB/s cards do not perform at 170MB/s in any test I’ve ever performed. It’s just a normal 95MB/s card and I’m not sure why they’re able to put a 170MB/s label on it. I tested it in many different card readers and cameras now and I’ve never seen that speed. Anyway, this is the best from Sandisk and Sandisk is my personal favorite brand.
Lifetime limited warranty
Sandisk Extreme Plus
The Plus card I tested here is the latest update to the Sandisk Extreme Plus and it’s performing much quicker than the older model. Often this card and the Extreme Pro are about the same price, so check that and buy the Pro over this card, but if you do see the Plus for cheaper, it is a great option.
Also, brick and mortar stores often only carry this card and not the Pro. So I wanted to keep it on the list as it is a great card and the performance in the X-T30 is the same.
Lifetime limited warranty
Delkin has been one of my personal go-to brands for a while now. I love their cards and they are always a top performer. I’ve never seen any compatibility issues from them with any camera I’ve tested except with some early X-T3 firmware with their UHS-II cards. Not only do they make great UHS-I and UHS-II cards, but their XQD’s cards are currently the best performers.
Lifetime limited warranty
Kingston Canvas React
Kingston has changed up their branding with the new Canvas React and Canvas Go! cards. The React is the faster card than the Go, which can be a little confusing to remember.
Kingston has always been a top performer in Fujifilm cameras. There are a few other brands out there that are seeing slightly better numbers in the X-T30, but Kingston is still a great choice.
Lifetime limited warranty
Best SD Memory Cards For 4k Video | Fujifilm X-T30
Fujifilm has reduced the 4k bitrate of the X-T30 to 200mbps to allow for proper performance with UHS-I memory cards. In the Fujifilm X-T3, you can record at 10-bit 400mbps.
200mbps is still great, especially compared to the competition. It’s still twice the bitrate of any Sony or Nikon camera and you can still record out at 4:2:2 10-bits.
Most of the cards tested here should record 200mbps 4k video without any issues based on how they performed in my tests. You should always go with a U3 memory when shooting 4k.
U3 memory cards are designed to guaranteed minimum data stream of 30MB/s and 200mbps translates to 25MB/s. So as long as you buy one of the U3 memory cards, you’ll be able to record 4k video in the X-T30 without any issues.
What Size Memory Card To Buy
Choosing the right size of memory card will depend on how you plan on using the X-T30, so the best I can do is share my experience.
If you plan on buying the X-T30 to use mostly for shooting stills, then 64GB cards are great. You’ll almost never use 64GB in a full day of shooting, which allows you to even go a few days before needing to clear off the card if needed.
If you plan on shooting a lot of video, you’ll likely want a 128GB card or larger. 4k 200mbps translates to about 25MB/s which can fill up a card pretty quickly. If you’re coming over from Sony or Nikon, your video files will be twice the size with this camera and it will eat through cards fast.
I would even say if you’re shooting a lot of stills with a lot of video mixed in, you may want a 128GB card as well. When I’m shooting video + stills while traveling, I can often push the limits of a 64GB card.
What All The Symbols Mean
There are a lot of codes written on each card and it’s important to know what some of these letters and numbers mean since they will affect performance, especially if you’re shooting video.
UHS-I vs UHS-II
This is an important speed class since only some cameras can take advantage of UHS-II technology. Buying a UHS-II card is a huge waste of money if your camera does not support it.
UHS-II cards have a second row of pins that allows for up triple the data rate of UHS-I cards.
The Fujifilm X-T30 only has UHS-I technology, so any UHS-II card will run off only the first row of contact pins at UHS-I speeds.
SDHC vs SDXC
On some cards you’ll see SDHC or SDXC, this has to do with the file system.
SDHC only supports a 32-bit file system and SDXC supports a 64-bit file system. Fat-32 or ExFat.
32GB memory cards and smaller are always SDHC and 64GB card and bigger are always SDXC.
The big difference here is, if you’re using SDHC (32-bit Fat32), your video clips will be broken into 4GB chunks.
If you’re using SDXC (64-bit ExFat) cards, your video clips will record up to the size of the record limit, which is 10 minutes on this camera.
U1, U3, V30, v60, v90
The Fujifilm X-T30 only utilizes UHS-I memory cards so it cannot take advantage of the v60 and v90 speeds of UHS-II cards. But here are what these numbers mean.
Class 10 or U1 – Minimum record speed 10MB/s
U3 / V30 – Minimum record speed 30MB/s
V60 – Minimum record speed 60MB/s
V90 – Minimum record speed 90MB/s
These numbers are important and something to keep in mind if you’re serious about video. Since the X-T30 writes video at 25MB/s, a U3 card will guarantee that your card is always able to keep up with that spec, so long as it’s not defective.
You see this written mostly on micro SD memory cards but it’s found its way onto a few SD cards like the Kingston Canvas React.
A1 and A2 memory cards have a built-in cache to allow for improved random read and write access. Cameras always read and write sequentially so it’s a little irrelevant here. But, if you were to use a card in a tablet or laptop that you wanted to run apps off of, then an A1 or A2 card will greatly increase performance.
Best Memory Cards Fujifilm X-T30 | Conclusions
The Fujifilm X-T30 is an incredible camera with some amazing capabilities. While the camera does not support UHS-II memory cards like it’s bigger brother the Fujifilm X-T3, you’ll still get some incredible performance and capabilities with UHS-I cards.
Be sure to buy a card that is at least a U3 rating to take advantage of 4k 200mbps video and the fast 20fps continuous ES continuous burst speeds. Not all U3 cards are created equal so be sure to buy the fastest card possible. Use the chart above find the best UHS-I SD memory cards for the Fujifilm X-T30.