Canon 5D Mark III Memory Card Compatability

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Canon 5D Mark III Memory Card Compatability

Canon 5D Mark III is compatible with CF (CompactFlash) and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

However, not all memory cards have been verified by Canon to work with the camera.

Verified CF (CompactFlash) memory cards

The following CF memory cards have been verified to work with the Canon 5D Mark III for shooting or playing back still images or movies (as of March 2012).

Card 4GB 8GB 12GB 16GB 32GB 128GB
SanDisk Ultra Yes* Yes*
Extreme Yes
Extreme Yes Yes Yes
Extreme UDMA Yes Yes
Extreme IVUDMA Yes Yes Yes
Extreme Pro Yes Yes Yes*
Lexar Platinum Yes* Yes*
Professional Yes
Professional UDMA Yes
Yes: Verified for shooting or playing back still images or movies.
Yes*: Verified for shooting or playing back still images only.
IMPORTANT
  • This information does not guarantee all memory card operations.
  • When shooting movies, use a large-capacity card with a fast writing/reading speed.
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IPB: 10MB/sec. or faster
ALL-I (I-only): 30MB/sec. or faster
  • If you use a slow card when shooting movies, the movie might not be recorded properly. Also, if you playback movies on a card having a slow read/write speed, movie might not playback properly.
  • If you want to shoot still photos while shooting a movie, you will need an even faster card.
  • The above table lists verified CF cards by their product names in Japan.
  • For details about the preceding CF memory cards, or other cards, contact the card manufacturers.
REFERENCE
  • UDMA (Ultra DMA) and UDMA7 CF cards can also be used with the camera.
  • UDMA/ UDMA7 compatible CF cards enable faster data writing.
  • The camera cannot use Type II CF cards or hard disk cards.

Verified SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

The following SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have been verified to work with the camera for shooting or playing back still images or movies (as of March 2012).
Card manufacturer (SD) Card type (SD) Speed class 4GB 6GB 8GB 12GB 16GB 32GB 48GB 64GB
SanDisk SDHC Class2 Yes Yes*
Class4 Yes Yes Yes
Class6 Yes Yes Yes
Class10 Yes
UHS-1 Yes
SDXC Class4 Yes
Panasonic SDHC Class4 Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes Yes*
Class6 Yes* Yes Yes Yes
Class10 Yes Yes Yes
UHS-1 Yes*
SDXC Class10 Yes Yes
TOSHIBA SDHC Class2 Yes Yes
Class4 Yes* Yes*
Class6 Yes Yes
Class10 Yes
Yes: Verified for shooting or playing back still images or movies.
Yes*: Verified for shooting or playing back still images only.
IMPORTANT
  • This information does not guarantee all memory card operations.
  • When shooting movies, use a large-capacity SD card with a fast writing/reading speed.
IPB: 6MB/sec. or faster
ALL-I (I-only): 20MB/sec. or faster
  • If you use a slow card when shooting movies, the movie might not be recorded properly. Also, if you playback movies on a card having a slow read/write speed, movie might not playback properly.
  • If you want to shoot still photos while shooting a movie, you will need an even faster card.
  • The above table only lists verified SD/SDHC/SDXC cards available for sale in Japan.
  • For details about the preceding SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, or other cards, contact the card manufacturers.
REFERENCE
The Canon 5D Mark III does not comply with the UHS (Ultra-High-Speed) speed class standard.
If a UHS-I card is used, the writing speed will be the same as a SD speed class 10 card.
Information courtesy of Canon.com
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