What memory cards can I use to record?
Article ID: FAQ100295 | Date published: 05/29/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


You can use commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this camcorder.

Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder

You can use the following types of commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this camcorder.
The movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk. For the latest information on cards that can be used, visit your local Canon Web site.
SanDisk Standard type SDHCCLASS 4Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *--
Ultra 30MB/s SDHCCLASS 6YesYesYesYes--
Ultra SDXCCLASS 4----Yes *-
Ultra 30MB/s SDXCCLASS 6----Yes-
Extreme 30MB/s SDHCUHS1/CLASS 10YesYes----
Extreme 45MB/s SDHCUHS1/CLASS 10--YesYes--
Extreme 45MB/s SDXCUHS1/CLASS 10-----Yes
Extreme Pro 95Mb/s SDXCUHS1/CLASS 10----Yes-
Panasonic Standard type SDHCCLASS 4Yes *Yes *Yes *---
Up to 20MB/s SDHCCLASS 4-
-Yes *--
High speed type SDHCCLASS 10YesYesYesYes--
Ultra High speed, UHS-I SDHCUHS1/CLASS 10-YesYesYes--
High speed and large capacity, UHS-I SDXCUHS1/CLASS 10----Yes-
TOSHIBAHigh speed type SDHCCLASS 4Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *--
Black label Class 10 SDHCCLASS 10YesYesYesYes--
Next generation/Ultra high speed type SDHCUHS1/CLASS 4-YesYesYes--
* The following message appears when the card is initialized. 'To record video on this memory card, it is recommended to use a video quality setting other than [60P Recording]'. However, the cards have been confirmed capable of recording until the maximum data limit is reached in the highest video quality mode (MP4:35Mbps / AVCHD:60P).

SDXC Memory Cards
  • You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using memory cards with other devices, such as digital recorders, computers and card readers, make sure that the external device is compatible with SDXC cards. For information about the compatibility of SDXC cards, contact the computer, operating system or memory card manufacturer.
  • If you use an SDXC memory card with a computer OS that is not SDXC-compatible, you may be prompted to format the memory card. In such case, cancel the operation to prevent data loss.
  • After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented memory), it will take longer to write data on the memory card and recording may stop. Save your recordings and initialize the memory card.

Memory Cards Suitable for Movie Recording: We recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6, or 10 with this camcorder.*1

Memory card type SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*2 , , ,
Capacity128 MB or larger*3

*1: To record movies using a recording mode with a video quality of 28 Mbps or 35 Mbps, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 6 or 10. When you record movies using other recording modes, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10. To record movies using slow & fast motion, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 10.
*2: When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating or one rated SD Speed Class 2, you may not be able to record movies, depending on the memory card used.
*3: SD memory cards with a capacity of 64 MB or smaller cannot be used to record movies.

About the Speed Class:
Speed Class is a standard that indicates the minimum guaranteed data transfer speed of memory cards. When you buy a new memory card, look for the Speed Class logo on the package.