Recommended Memory Cards Sony A7IV
The new Sony A7IV has some really nice improvements over the A7III when it comes to memory cards. Not only does the second card slot now support UHS-II memory cards, but the first memory card slot supports CFexpress Type-A memory cards.
Do you need CFexpress Type A memory cards?
No. But they allow for a nearly limitless buffer when shooting compressed RAW at 10fps. Ideally, you should not leave the camera shooting in compressed raw, you should use lossless compressed RAW that only shoots at 5fps and only switches over to the lossy compressed format when you need 10fps.
Here are some of the top memory cards you should consider.
I’ll list the CFexpress Type-A cards for those that want max performance since they are considerably faster.
UHS-II V90 cards are going to be the best sd cards for most people with the Sony A7IV because these cards will allow you to take advantage of all the frame rates and all the video modes of the camera.
UHS-II V60 cards are going to be best for casual video shooters and photographers that want a lot more data at a lower cost, but you will be limited with some recording formats which I list further down in this article.
|Recommended Memory Cards||In-Camera Speeds||USB Write||USB Read||Check Price|
|CFe Type A|
|Sony 80GB||328.62 MB/s||610.7 MB/s||839.6 MB/s||Amazon / B&H|
|ProGrade 160GB||329.01 MB/s||655.1 MB/s||829.4 MB/s||Amazon / B&H|
|Sony G Tough||221.54 MB/s||229.1 MB/s||270.6 MB/s||Amazon / B&H|
|Delkin Black||225.14 MB/s||225.4 MB/s||259.9 MB/s||B&H|
|RitzGear Video Pro||229.45 MB/s||248.0 MB/s||266.9 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sony M Tough||143.49 MB/s||129.5 MB/s||282.4 MB/s||Amazon / B&H|
|Sony E 120MB/s version*||136.67 MB/s||138.8 MB/s||244.6 MB/s||Amazon / B&H|
|Angel Bird V60 II||133.73 MB/s||104.5 MB/s||166.5 MB/s||B&H|
*My Sony E-card is actually performing faster than the rated 120MB/s which is interesting. It’s a great card for a great price, but there are slower versions of this card out there. Try to get the 120MB/s version.
These recommendations were taken from benchmarks of each memory card in the Sony A7IV. Be sure to check my thoughts at the bottom of this article for some personal recommendations.
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Memory Card Benchmarks
Each memory card was tested in the Sony A7IV. Buffer is filled then data is calculated against the time it takes to clear the buffer.
Be sure to check through these benchmarks before buying cards as this new series of Sony cameras, including the A1, A7sIII, and FX7, because these cameras like a particular type of flash and you will see a big difference between different v90 cards.
USB speeds are taken with a Macbook Pro and a ProGrade reader. You won’t get these same USB speeds on some computers like an M1 Mac mini or M1 iMac since these computers share the USB bus with other components.
|Memory Cards||Speed Class||In-Camera Speeds||USB Read||USB Write|
|Sony CFx 80GB||CFx-A||328.62||839.6||610.7|
|Prograde CFx 160GB||CFx-A||329.01||829.4||655.1|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s||UHS-II||217.18||293.7||242.2|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro||UHS-II||212.61||259.6||218.1|
|Sony G Tough||UHS-II||221.54||270.6||229.1|
|Sony M Tough||UHS-II||143.49||268.5||149.8|
|Delkin Black V90||UHS-II||225.14||259.9||225.4|
|Delkin Power v90||UHS-II||214.86||280.2||221.6|
|Delkin Prime v60||UHS-II||89.42||252.8||89.1|
|Fujifilm Elite II||UHS-II||165.22||290.3||173.2|
|Hoodman Steel 2000x||UHS-II||156.23||280.7||169.1|
|Hoodman Steel 1500x||UHS-II||96.52||289.2||105.8|
|Amplim 2000x v60||UHS-II||131.13||243.3||127.4|
|Amplim 1900x V60||UHS-II||96.13||289.3||104.2|
|Angel Bird V90||UHS-II||217.33||290.4||219.5|
|Angel Bird V60||UHS-II||133.73||166.5||104.5|
|Freetail V60 64GB||UHS-II||94.74||238.5||102.8|
|Kingston Canvas React V90||UHS-II||216.02||283.3||243.2|
|Kodak Ultra Pro V90||UHS-II||217.70||268.3||247.6|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s||UHS-I||64.20||99.2||88.3|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus||UHS-I||64.13||99.3||88.2|
|Sandisk Extreme U3||UHS-I||50.40||99.3||56.8|
|Sandisk Ultra U1||UHS-I||26.76||99.5||34.3|
|Kingston Canvas Go! U3||UHS-I||78.32||99.6||82.5|
|Kingston Canvas Select! U3||UHS-I||79.43||99.6||74.0|
|Lexar 633x U3||UHS-I||33.90||93.8||35.1|
|PNY Elite Performance U3||UHS-I||59.45||96.7||66.9|
|PNY Pro Elite U3||UHS-I||80.58||93.8||87.7|
|PNY Elite X U3||UHS-I||46.43||92.2||57.1|
|Delkin Advantage U3||UHS-I||71.45||99.6||78.8|
|Toshiba Exceria Pro U3||UHS-I||69.38||97.8||74.7|
|Toshiba Exceria U3||UHS-I||29.17||97.2||29.9|
|Amplim 667x A1 V30||UHS-I||48.11||99.6||52.2|
|Verbatim Pro+ U3||UHS-I||74.22||98.5||83.7|
|Verbatim Pro U3||UHS-I||32.80||96.6||68.0|
|RitzGear Extreme Performance V30||UHS-I||59.99||92.6||61.6|
Sensor: 33MP Full-Frame, Exmor R BSI CMOS
Which Memory Cards Can Be Used For Which Settings
Sony documented this in their user manual. The camera will reject memory cards out of spec, it also rejects that old Sony M card that they recalled.
Here are the memory cards that are required for general video recording.
S&Q Memory Card Shooting
Here are the memory cards required for the different S&Q modes.
These charts are taken from the Sony Help Guide.
Best Memory Card Sony A7IV – Some Thoughts
When buying memory cards for the Sony A7IV I would just grab either a v90 or v60 UHS-II card. You’ll likely be shooting lossless compressed which does not give you 10fps, it actually gives you 5fps. I didn’t test the memory cards at 5fps, but I’m pretty sure you will get close to a bottomless buffer at 5fps with lossless compressed RAW on a v90 UHS-II card.
Sony M or Sony G cards would be my recommendation, but there are a few other great V90 cards that would be worth it if there was a nice sale. I would probably lean more towards getting v90 cards since some video features will require that. But I can’t justify CFexpress memory cards for this camera unless you really need to shoot 1,000 frames uninterrupted with a compressed RAW format.
If you’re not doing a lot with video, V60 cards are the way to go, or even if you’re a casual photographer, UHS-I cards are totally fine.
When buying a new card always be sure to fill the card to check that it doesn’t have a hacked memory card controller and that the card is authentic. You should get close to the rated amount of memory listed on the card if it is genuine, or buy from trusted stores like B&H or Adorama.
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