Canon 60D Memory Card Advice

Compatibility

The Canon 60D takes 3 types of memory cards…

SD Memory - Canon 60D

SD – Up to 4GB worth of images and video.

SDHC Memory - Canon 60D

SDHC – Up to 32GB worth of images and video.

SDXC Memory - Canon 60D

SDXC – Up to 128GB (currently) worth of images and video.

Image Capacity

The information below shows the total number of images that can be recorded with the 60D (based on memory card size)…

4GB – 490 images (fine) and 130 images (raw)
8GB – 980 images (fine) and 260 images (raw)
16GB – 1,960 images (fine) and 520 images (raw)
32GB – 3,920 images (fine) and 1,040 images (raw)
64GB – 7,840 images (fine) and 2,080 images (raw)

HD Video Requirements

In order to record HD video on the 60D, your memory card will need to have a Class 6 rating or higher. If it doesn’t meet this requirement, video recording may stop unexpectedly.

Video Capacity

No matter how large your memory card is, video clips are limited to 12 minute segments. The information below shows the overall recording time based on the highest quality movie frame size (1920×1080):

4GB – 11min (.mov)
8GB – 22min (.mov)
16GB – 44min (.mov)
32GB – 88min (.mov)
64GB – 176min (.mov)

Speeds & Ratings

Class Ratings

Canon 60D Memory Card Class RatingsClass ratings represent the minimum write speed for a memory card. So a memory card with a Class 6 rating will have a minimum write speed of 6 megabytes per second. As mentioned above, Canon requires a Class 6 card or higher in order to record and playback HD video with the 60D. I recommend going with a class 10 rating just to be safe.

Speed Ratings

Canon 60D Memory Card Speed RatingsSpeed ratings represent the maximum read/write speeds. If you plan on recording HD video, shooting long bursts of images (10+) in continuous mode or capturing RAW images with your 60D, then I recommend going with a Lexar Professional (133x or higher) or a SanDisk Extreme (30MB/s or higher).

My Picks

Lexar and SanDisk memory cards are the safest bets when it comes to reliability and performance. I’ve used them for years and trust them with all of my pro work. Recently, I’ve been using Transcend cards for personal use and have been pleasantly surprised. Again, if you plan on utilizing some of the more advanced features on the 60D (video, RAW, burst) then go with a Lexar Professional (133x or higher) or a SanDisk Extreme (30MB/s or higher). If you just need something for everyday (personal) use, Transcend (class 10) cards are an excellent value.

Here are my memory card picks for the Canon 60D…

Transcend 16GB Class 10

8GB (class 10)
16GB (class 10)
32GB (class 10)

SanDisk 16GB Class 10

8GB (class 10)
16GB (class 10)
32GB (class 10)

Lexar 16GB Class 10

8GB (class 10)
16GB (class 10)
32GB (class 10)

Check out the 60D homepage for more tips, advice and recommendations. Happy shooting!