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What's the best SD card for a Canon EOS Rebel T3i?


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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 5:50:26 PM PDT
Donkey Punch says:
I just bought the camera and need a SD card.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 6:31:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2011 6:32:16 PM PDT
K. Garner says:
Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS32GSDHC10E)I would get a 32 GB Class 10. I can actually get more film time and it doesn't get hot as quick. Also, they only like $43 on Amazon. It's worth the investment. www.kennygarner.com

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 6:40:22 PM PDT
T. Campbell says:
I've also had great luck with the Transcend brand cards (I have two of the Transcend 32GB cards... one is an older Class 6 card and the other is the newer Class 10 card that K. Garner linked above.)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 9:10:43 PM PDT
Neo Lee says:
Buy two 16GB of you were to buy one 32GB, or buy two 32GB of you were to buy one 64GB. That way when you take one card out for transfer, you can insert the other card in, ensuring that the camera will always have a card in it. A lot of people traveled out a hundred miles only to discover their card slot is empty.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 12:54:09 AM PDT
The previous post is absolutely true!. Unless your camera is your only tech item you should
have 'several' SD , SDHC, or SDXC (for the latest fast cameras) because you'll
1. lose one
2. leave it in the reader
3. swallow it (just kidding) ... your dog will , not you..
4. forget it because you're sure you have it.
5. look for it, be late, miss something, and .. if only you had a backup.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 7:15:52 AM PDT
Hung says:
I agree but don't buy two 16Gb if you plan on buy a 32GB. Get what you want and put in a couple bucks for a 1 or 2GB as a spare. Spare one have legs and tend to walk away when you not looking :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 3:54:45 PM PDT
6. lend someone the memory card to copy photos where it ends up under a pile of junk mail next to their PC

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 11:31:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2011 11:33:15 AM PDT
EdM says:
SanDisk Flash 16 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDXP1-016G (Black) is one of the good cards.

The _best_ cards cost more, but perform better. An average shooter doesn't always need the best card, but you asked for "best".

SD card size is in the eye of the beholder; 16 GB should last a day or two of heavy raw shooting for stills. Still, it is always good to have several memory cards for when your card fills up, e.g. Also, video is storage intense. So, how many cards and how much [GB] storage relates to your photography, your usage, needs and preferences. If you shoot on a trip for a few weeks and do not reuse cards, that requires more storage. Everyone's needs, desires and budgets vary.

BTW - if you use a card reader to D/L photos to your computer, then a faster card is helpful for downloading more quickly especially if you have a fast card reader [eSATA?] built into your computer, e.g.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 4:49:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2011 4:55:11 PM PDT
16GB... If that only lasts a day, one is doing VERY heavy shooting, and probably doing no thinking...

Even the fursuit parade at Further Confusion (194 shots in 20 minutes, large RAW + medium superfine JPEG) only took about 3.25GB.

On an 8MP camera (EOS 20D), my normal CF card is 2GB, with a 4GB for special (ie, lots of rapid shooting), and on the 15MP (EOS 50D) I use 4GB with an 8GB special... (I normally have three cards per camera -- after having had a 512MB card fail on my 4MP Canon G2, and finding ONE replacement card of that size in the entire town of Harrogate -- I prefer to have smaller cards that I swap out so if a card goes bad I don't lose an entire trip worth of photos!)

Oh... That 3.25GB parade... That was the 15MP EOS 50D... 16GB would translate to 950 RAW+medJPEG! There are only 1440 minutes in a 24 hour day, so one would have to be taking a picture EVERY 1.5 MINUTES over 24 hours.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 5:11:58 PM PDT
J. Jamito says:
i just bought the same Dslr.. im using Sandisk 16GB ULTRA, and it works great, normal SD cards slows down taking pictures and delays sounds from video..

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 9:16:50 PM PDT
T. Campbell says:
The larger cards are preferred only if you plan to shoot video.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 1:29:16 AM PDT
EdM says:
"one is doing VERY heavy shooting, and probably doing no thinking ... (194 shots in 20 minutes, large RAW + medium superfine JPEG) only took about 3.25GB."

The T3i has 18 MPx, and can shoot 14 bit raw images for best quality, plus jpegs also. It also shoots video. Sometimes a shoot or trip/vacation outing can last all day and into the night.

A parade may be but a few hours [20 minutes?]. So, you actually shot ~3 GB in 20 minutes [1/3 hour] as you say, 194 shots at that parade. So ~ 5 TIMES 20 minutes is less than 2 hours. So, a 2 hour parade might have taken 16 GB worth of memory cards, at your actual rate. No need to shoot 24 hours with one photo each 1.5 minutes, around the clock; just do what you did, for somewhat longer. Plus, an 18 MPx sensor T3i is 20% more off the top for each raw shot. Were you shooting 16 bit raw? Some do, others don't. How people shoot is very personal.

Still, what I said is "16 GB should last a day or two of heavy raw shooting for stills," not as you characterize, and further: "Everyone's needs, desires and budgets vary." 20 minutes is far short of: a full day of shooting and into the night.

Some people shoot maybe 5-10 shots in a few hours, with much time for setup, changing locations to find the perfect spot, etc. Some people at sporting events shoot lots of bursts. There is no single magic formula that applies to everyone. Personally, I sometimes shoot lots, when photo opportunities abound. If you haven't been in that situation, sorry about that.

Not to mention, I'd _much_ rather have more memory than is needed, rather than run short. On a shoot, vacation or at a sporting event, etc., you can't usually go and buy a new memory card on a whim, at least not a high quality memory card. In any event, people should shoot in advance to find out how much they like to shoot in real life, in real life conditions as they experience them. Many people only shoot jpegs. Each person should find out their own needs in advance, as well as what works in their budget.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 9:49:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2011 6:41:28 PM PDT
T3i at 18MP isn't that much larger than the 50D at 15MP.

And I also pointed out the "not much thinking" -- the fursuit parade was just such a situation... Basically, I'd shoot again when the costume that was entering on the right edge of one shot was exiting the left edge for the next... Just trying to capture all the costumes. No thinking, no moving for better angles (if one hadn't staked out a spot in the hallway an hour in advance, one didn't get any good angles). Good thing the 580EX-II can shoot on partial charges too... One shot ever 20 seconds or so doesn't give a flash much time to fully charge.

{Addendum: Due to narrow hotel hallways, the fursuit parade shooting angles meant only about three recognizable people per shot. On something like a Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, this would be like trying to shoot each rank of a marching band from curbside}

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 8:50:19 AM PDT
®ichard says:
"{Addendum: Due to narrow hotel hallways, the fursuit parade shooting angles meant only about three recognizable people per shot. On something like a Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, this would be like trying to shoot each rank of a marching band from curbside} "

"Basically, I'd shoot again when the costume that was entering on the right edge of one shot was exiting the left edge for the next..."

I want to see samples/ uploads.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 7:53:38 PM PDT
B & H Photo has a great sale on SanDisk cards (both CF and SDHC) on right now at:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Sandisk-Flash-Cards/ci/18391/N/4158221993

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 9:22:08 AM PDT
Zach S. says:
I have 2x Transcend Class 10 16GB cards for my Canon T1i. It's best to have a backup if you plan to shoot seriously. Another recommendation is to never leave your camera sitting around without a card in it. When I take one out, I put the other in. That way if something interesting happens, I can just grab the camera and shoot it.

Sandisk cards are great, Kingston are great, I had never owned a transcend card before the ones I recently bought (I read good reviews about them, so I decided to get them because they were cheaper). I've never owned an Amazon Basics one, but I trust the Amazon brand enough that I'd consider it.

The 16GB card will get you something like ~700 shots in raw on the T3i.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 12:51:10 PM PDT
RV says:
1 or 2GB? seriously? maybe 10 years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 12:57:12 PM PDT
RV says:
Wow you get 950 RAW on a 16GB card from a 15MP camera? I get only 250 from a 8GB, on a 16MP camera (Nikon D7000) shooting RAW no JPG output. So doubling it would get me a best 500 photos on a 16GB. 500 photos is nothing, and of those 350-400 will be usable (I can keep all of them if there are no duplicates, I tend to take 2-3 shots duplicate if I can). I'd rather take more photos and delete later than delete as I go along.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2012 8:48:42 AM PST
Yup I did this and it made me so mad.....now I am here looking to buy two cards.....:)

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 10:01:00 AM PST
LJ says:
You need at LEAST a class 6 card and should probably get a class 10. I get the SanDisk class ten cards. I have an 8GB and a 16GB one.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 12:28:22 AM PST
The T3i can 'use' that card, but not up to 30mb/s because its higher speed uses a technology that the T3i can't take advantage of.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 12:35:33 AM PST
I have filled a 16G card shooting raw; 25mb each. That is only 640 pictures.

With a few minutes of video, that is very easy to fill with two events in one day, and is not anywhere near the equivalent of a shot a minute for 24 hours.

Anyone using 2gb cards should not be giving advice on the subject. I hope you have a lot of pockets, and enjoy swapping out cards eight times, and each time missing a decent shot because you go to take a picture only to get "card full." I pop my 16G in and am good for two events in one day.

Question: Do you like to use 8 1/8 power batteries, and carry all those around too? hahaha

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 2:43:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012 2:44:03 AM PST
Tom Martin says:
I still like multiple 4GB cards. Keeps your pictures and video spread out on multiple cards in the event of a card failure. 4GB matches the size of writeable DVDs so you can make a back-up of a complete card straight onto a writeable DVD. It is getting cheaper to get bigger cards, just don't forget back-up, back-up, back-up. Yes, you should have your picture in three places!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:42:02 AM PDT
Dave says:
Kyle,
I'm pretty new with my T3i, and need to purchase some significant storage for an upcoming vacation in a very remote location. I had planned on purchasing 4 or 5 16G cards. I really don't understand the 30mb/s, and want to make sure I get the right "speed" for the T3i. Could you shed some light on this for me?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:15:39 PM PDT
Hung says:
I suggest buying 32GB since it cheaper than two 16g. If you are not taking RAW, a 32g will give you 4,000+ photos at the highest resolution which should be plenty. The 30mb/s second is high speed and you don't need it. It only for taking continuos photos where your camera will slow down after 7 or 8 photos. Just make sure you don't buy anything below a class 10. Hope this help :)
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