A speed test comparing all the most popular UHS-II and UHS-I memory cards in the Sony RX10 II.
Use this guide to find the best memory cards for 4k video or for your style of shooting.
Sensor: 1″ 20.2MP / Processor: BIONZ X
Video Resolution: 4k 30p 100M / Video Codec: XAVC S
SD Memory Card Type: UHS-I / Requirements: SDXC, U3
Sony RX10 II – Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto
Best SD Memory Cards For The Sony RX10 II
Usually all Sony cameras perform just about the same with the SD memory card speed tests. This is because Sony cameras have a bus speed bottleneck of about 32MB/s. No card performs faster than this. Since most SD memory cards these days can usually read and write at great speeds then this, we see all the cards giving very similar performance results. But there is more to it than this.
Sony RX10 II memory card write speeds are determined by shooting in burst mode, filming it, then averaging the time it took to clear the buffer and the data shot during a set time. Three tests are done shooting RAW and the results are averaged.
USB 3.0 read and write speeds are determined using Crystal Disk on Windows 10.
|SD Memory Cards||USB 3.0 Read||USB 3.0 Write||4K Video||Sony RX10 II Write||See Price|
|Lexar 64GB 2000x U3||280.9 MB/s||181.4 MB/s||Yes||32.19 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Transcend 64GB U3||—||—||Yes||31.95 MB/s||Amazon|
|Toshiba 64GB U3||238.5 MB/s||199.7 MB/s||Yes||31.57 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 64GB 1000x U3||145.0 MB/s||60.7 MB/s||Yes||30.89 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro U3 64GB||257.3 MB/s||109.9 MB/s||Yes||30.40 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB U3||89.0 MB/s||84.7 MB/s||Yes||32.01 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB U3||88.9 MB/s||62.0 MB/s||Yes||31.84 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Sandisk Extreme 64GB U3||71.3 MB/s||52.1 MB/s||Yes||31.81 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Kingston 64GB Class U3||88.1 MB/s||74.3 MB/s||Yes||31.49 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|PNY 64GB U1||86.1 MB/s||54.5 MB/s||No||31.37 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro 64GB Class U1||86.8 MB/s||77.2 MB/s||No||31.21 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|PNY 64GB U3||87.9 MB/s||61.6 MB/s||Sometimes||30.71 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Lexar 600x 64GB U1||85.6 MB/s||60.1 MB/s||No||30.54 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Lexar 633x 64GB U3||85.6 MB/s||61.2 MB/s||Yes||30.54 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Transcend 64GB U3||87.7 MB/s||64.1 MB/s||Yes||30.41 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
|Sony 64GB U3||87.2 MB/s||71.9 MB/s||Yes||30.07 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung 64GB SDXC EVO U1||43.9 MB/s||22.7 MB/s||No||23.12 MB/s||Amazon / Adorama|
As you can see most cards perform great. The only trouble I had was with the Transcend cards. Both my transcend cards consistently crashed the camera forcing me to remove the battery for a reboot. For now, I would avoid buying Transcend cards for this camera.
Best SD Memory Cards For 4K 100M Video
RX10 II 4K 100M requirements: SDXC, U3, UHS-I.
You would need a U3 SDXC memory card to shoot 4k 100M video on the Sony RX10 II. Although, most of my U1 cards will also work. If you have a U1 card, try it out. If it works great, but if you’re ordering new cards, grab one of the ones I’ve recommended.
I’ve tested many cards for many Sony cameras now and have a lot of experience with various users having issues with their memory cards. Sometimes Sony cameras just don’t like certain cards. It seems the camera will run a check to determine if the cards is a U3 card or not. I feel this test is not forgiving enough and this causes many memory cards to fail. You’ll get an error saying you need to enter a U3 memory card, even though you have a U3 memory card.
Best Cards For 4K 100M
From my experience no card is exempt from this glitch, but these cards are most likely to give you good results.
Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon / Adorama
Sandisk Extreme 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon / Adorama
Kingston 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon / Adorama
Sony 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon
Lexar 633x 64GB U3 UHS-I – Amazon / Adorama
Cards To Avoid For 4K 100M
Although many of these cards will work for most people, these cards seem to give a lot of people problems when trying to record 4k 100M video on most Sony cameras and I imagine it’s going to be the same for this camera.
Samsung Pro+ 64GB U3 UHS-I
Samsung Pro 64GB U3 UHS-I
PNY 64GB U3 UHS-I
Transcend 64GB U3 UHS-I
I would also avoid UHS-II cards for this cameras since you gain no benefit and they often give mixed results.
Best SD Memory Cards For The Sony RX10 II Conclusions
If you’re looking to just shoot photos, most memory cards will work fine since most memory cards will have their speed bottlenecked by the camera before the cards max performance is reached. For video you’ll need an SDXC card 64GB or bigger and it should be U3.
From my experience cards larger than the 64GB versions also will perform the same, or at least very similar. So if you want to get the 128GB version of a certain card, go for it.
If your U3 memory card isn’t working, I’ve created a Sony 4k 100M Memory Card Guide that explains many of the issues as well as how to troubleshoot some problems.