Looking for the best memory cards for your Canon SL2?
We chose the 2 best and most reliable cards that are also very affordable.
The Canon SL2 has 1 x SD memory card slot that supports UHS-I speeds, which is great for Full HD video recording and shooting at 5 frames per second.
Our favorite memory card is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB. It’s as cheap as the majority of UHS-I cards, yet is the fastest and most reliable of them all.
Best Memory Cards for Canon SL2
- SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I (95MB/s)
- Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II (300MB/s)
- Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II (150MB/s)
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB
Our top pick: For the price, nothing beats the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB (95MB/s). It’s our most recommended card for almost all cameras, simply because it’s UHS-I U3 at 95MB/s and extremely reliable.
It’s more than enough for the Canon SL2, but since it’s so cheap it doesn’t hurt buying something that’s a little bit of an overkill, just to be on the safe side. You get fast writing and reading speeds, which matters because you also want fast speeds when transferring the files to your computer (the memory card also matters there).
This is the one card we recommend to photographers with entry-level and professional DSLR cameras, and we also own a couple of these.
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II
This card is an overkill for the SL2. You won’t see any faster in-camera writing speeds since it’s UHS-II and the Canon SL2 can only go up to UHS-I. However, the Lexar Professional 2000x will get you a lot faster transferring speeds (to your computer/disk), so if you send thousands of shots weekly, you might want to think about this one.
In-camera, it will be just as fast as the SanDisk above simply because the SL2 tops out at UHS-I speed. It’s up to you to decide what matters more, especially because the Lexar costs 3 times as much.
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II
The Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB is a slower, more affordable version of the card above. Instead of 300MB/s, it tops out at 150MB yet is still UHS-II U3 so the minimum will always be 30MB/s.
It’s less expensive than the SanDisk but it’s a fraction slower, despite being UHS-II. You will notice an improvement in read speeds (aka moving the images, displaying files etc.) but not in-camera. The SanDisk above is already very fast, so don’t worry too much.
Don’t buy memory cards from unknown brands or something that looks too good to be true. More often than not, those cards will fail right when you’ll need them the most.
A memory card is where all of your work is stored until you transfer that on the computer.
Make sure to get a card from any of the following brands: SanDisk, Lexar, Transcend and Kingston. There are a few good out there, but the 4 we mentioned are more than enough.