Looking for the best SD memory card for your Olympus E-M10 II?
You need a fast card if you’re going to shoot sports, RAW files or record Full HD videos.
On the other hand, you also don’t need something too fast since the Olympus E-M10 II supports maximum UHS-I speed. What this means is, if you buy a UHS-II card (more expensive), you won’t see any benefit in the camera. You will be able to transfer your files on the computer much quicker, so if you do that quite often it’s worth it.
So, what do we recommend?
Our favorite memory card is the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 64GB. It’s a very fast UHS-I card, extremely reliable and very affordable. Nothing better out there for the money.
After looking through many memory cards available, these are the top 3 (best price/speed ratio).
Best Memory Cards for Olympus E-M10 II
- 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 Olympus E-M10 II and that includes Full HD video recording, as well as burst shooting.
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II
This card is an overkill for the E-M10 II. You won’t see any faster in-camera writing speeds since it’s UHS-II and the E-M10 II 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. 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.
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.