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    Best SD Card for 400 Mbps on GH5
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    Quick question.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for the best SD card for handling 400 Mbps on the GH5. Specs indicate cards must have a V60 rating, but I can only seem to find a couple of those and they tend to be pricey.

    The FreeTail Evoke Pro card got a good review, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on this.

    Thank you!


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    The last place you want to try to save money on, is your recording media. Get the best V60 card you can.


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    I liked these:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ies_tough.html
    i used them on the gh5 and now on the S1H they are build to last.


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    Thanks for that. Good to know.


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    I got a Lexar 256GB V60 card from Amazon on "Prime Day" for $48. I tested it at the 400 Mbps setting and it worked fine, but I almost always shoot at either 100 or 150 Mbps. It has not given me any problems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry_Green View Post
    Get the best V60 card you can.
    Define "best". Then describe how we can identify which of the dozen or so available cards is "best".

    Until I develop unerring radar to identify the best products, I will generally buy the least expensive model that meets the specs and silences the whisper in my ear that advises me to not buy junk.


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    Lexar I haven't had any issues with personally, but there are more reviews of issues if you read the negatives. Perhaps thats just a bad batch on some, I don't know.

    SanDisk is generally regarded as very trustworthy; their v90 cards are also some of the priciest.

    I suppose technically "the best" (this is a hard thing to actually, measurably validate) might be the SanDisk v90 128gb for $210:

    https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Mirro...s%2C215&sr=8-3

    Probably just as good of a buy in practice, and more economical, would be the Lexar v90:

    https://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Profess...s%2C215&sr=8-1

    And, finally, as Bobko and Barry mentioned here... the v60 speed is probably the most pragmatic fit overall. It's only a little slower than v90, and you don't need more than v60 speeds to get ALL-I 400mbs recording on the GH5 / S1H. And they are so much cheaper. The Lexar 128gb V60 is only $40, but there are a good number of negative reviews. Again, this may be a luck of the draw thing right now:

    https://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Profess...s%2C215&sr=8-2

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    I'd recommend reading more reviews and doing some more research before springing for anything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by filmguy123 View Post
    Lexar I haven't had any issues with personally, but there are more reviews of issues if you read the negatives. Perhaps thats just a bad batch on some, I don't know.
    It seems that most of the problems with the new LEXAR cards have to do with the formatting they receive at the factory. I have been able to sort out all of my LEXAR card issues by using the FREE card formatting utility put out by the SD Association to perform a low-level format of my LEXAR cards when I first buy them. ( after this you can simply do a normal in-camera format when you re-use your LEXAR cards )

    It looks like the SD Association formatting tool is doing a better job of flagging bad sectors on LEXAR cards than standard computer formatting software does. ( I first tried Windows low-level formatting my cards but that did NOT fix the problem )

    SD Association Free Formatting Utility for Mac and Windows


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    This is VERY helpful. And I do appreciate it. When I had the FS7, I just stayed with Sony's cards and didn't ask too many questions. But with the GH5 being more like a DSLR, I had SanDisk cards that I used in other cameras, but for the GH5, it doesn't appear to meet the min specs. But yes, it is hard to get my mind around paying $210 for an SD card. I know small things are expensive, but that's actually a fair portion of a day's pay for me.

    Any way, I think I got an idea of the direction to go now, so thanks so much. This info helps a lot.


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    I've had a great experience using the Sony SDCX "M" V60 cards:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_ii_sdxc.html
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