The 6 Best SD Cards For 8K Video

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Now that gigabit broadband and 4K streaming are mainstream, it's time for multimedia professionals to push the envelope with the newest in data-heavy video. 8K programming is still a long way off, but that doesn't mean you can't already capture a 33-megapixel image at 30 or 60 frames per second. The right SD card will ensure that your high-end camera can keep up, in all of its 10-bit-color glory. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Kingston Canvas React Plus

2. ProGrade Digital V90

3. Lexar 2000X

Editor's Notes

February 05, 2021:

If you're working with an actual camera, a full-size option like the Lexar 2000X or especially the ProGrade Digital V90 will be a good choice, and if you're on a budget, the Kodak Ultra Pro should also suffice. Videographers who insist on the best might consider the Delkin Power, which is purpose-built for DSLR usage. On the other hand, if you own a modern smartphone capable of 8K recording, the Silicon Power Superior Pro is a moderately priced choice that will almost certainly suffice.

At the top of the pack, though, you'll see the Kingston Canvas React Plus, which comes in full-size and microSD versions, and basically leads the pack in real-world sequential read tasks. We also want to point out that every one of these models is rated V90 - you might be able to get away with using a V60 card, but as it starts to fill up you could see significantly reduced speeds, so we wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

January 09, 2019:

It's not too difficult to find appropriate storage for still photos, even with high-speed burst modes, and 4K recording is also easier to accommodate than ever. When you approach 8K, however, you'll need to pay attention to not just the manufacturer's claims, but also the card's abilities, as tested in the real world. As far as hands-on testing goes, the ProGrade Digital V90 and Toshiba Exceria stand above the rest, with the Lexar 2000X a close third. Speaking of Lexar, their microSD variety blows away much of its tiny brethren, and unlike them, writes at over 100MBps. The SanDisk is one of the most popular lines ever, though it is a bit more expensive than others of similar capacity, and the same can be said for the Sony SF-G. If you've spent all your cash on the camera itself, consider the lower-end ProGrade Digital, which should just barely handle 8K streams, but is half the price of most other options.

4. Silicon Power Superior Pro

5. Delkin Power

6. Kodak Ultra Pro

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