Best Memory Cards for the Fujifilm GFX 100S

You may not need the most expensive card for your Fujifilm GFX 100S, or maybe you need more memory than you thought. All the info you need to know is here
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The Fujifilm GFX 100S is an incredible hybrid camera that has made medium format more affordable. So to maximise the abilities, this article will go over the recording limits to determine which are the best memory cards for the Fujifilm GFX 100S.

If you don’t have the time to read the full article I can recommend some generalist cards that Fujifilm have actually recommended in their online documentation:

Last update on 2022-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

But I would recommend coming back to read this article in full when time permits. A more in depth read will let you work out a more tailored recommendation that will ultimately help you save funds that could be better spent on other essential gear.

Which Memory Cards Does the Fujifilm GFX 100S Use?

The GFX 100S has two memory card slots that both support SD cards up to UHS-II.

The GFX 100S also supports the slower regular SD Card up to 2GB, this are the UHS-I SD cards. For UHS-II SDHC SD cards the maximum capacity supported is up to 32GB, and for my recommended SD cards, UHS-II SDXC cards are supported up to 2TB.

However there are no 2TB SD cards available as of the publication of this article.

Best Memory Cards for the Fujifilm GFX 100S to Record 4K Video

Fujifilm recommend using an SD card with a class 10 write speed (10MB/s) or better when shooting HD movies. For recording movies in the highest bitrate of 400MB/s Fujifilm recommend SD cards with Video Speed Class 60 or higher

However I would recommend V90 SD cards which have the fastest write speeds available.

Recording movies in 400Mbps can be done with DCI4K/4K 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p.

The GFX 100S records two movie file formats:

MOV: HEVC/H.265, Linear PCM (Stereo sound 24bit/ 48KHz sampling)
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Linear PCM (Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)

MP4:
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AAC

Movie compression is All intra/ Long GOP. All intra can be used with the following settings:

DCI4K/4K 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p – 400Mbps
Full HD(2048×1080) / Full HD(1920×1080) 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p – 200Mbps

Best for Video
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 64GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G64T/T1), Black
Compatible Card
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 64GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G64T/T1), Black
DCI 4K (17:9) 4096x2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
42 Mins
21 Mins
4K (16:9) 3840×2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
42 Mins
21 Mins
Full HD (17:9) 2048×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
1 Hr 24 Mins
42 Mins
Full HD (16:9) 1920×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
1 Hr 24 Mins
42 Mins
Prime Status
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Best for Video
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
Compatible Card
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
DCI 4K (17:9) 4096x2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
42 Mins
4K (16:9) 3840×2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
42 Mins
Full HD (17:9) 2048×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
1 Hr 24 Mins
Full HD (16:9) 1920×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
1 Hr 24 Mins
Prime Status
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 64GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G64T/T1), Black
Compatible Card
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 64GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G64T/T1), Black
DCI 4K (17:9) 4096x2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
21 Mins
4K (16:9) 3840×2160, 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 400Mbps/200Mbps/100Mbps
21 Mins
Full HD (17:9) 2048×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
42 Mins
Full HD (16:9) 1920×1080, 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps
42 Mins
Prime Status
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Last update on 2022-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Fujifilm state that recording time can become short depending on the temperature and/or shooting conditions. So do bear in mind these numbers are approximations and your experience may vary.

The Other Best Memory Cards for the Fujifilm GFX 100S

While the Sony Tough series is one of my favourite brands of SD cards and have yet to fail me in so far, there are alternative brands which offer just as good cards.

Sandisk for example with their Pro series are cards that should last years and have never failed me in 10 years as a wedding photographer.

Below is a (automatically updated) list if the bestselling UHS-II cards on Amazon for consideration:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Lexar Professional 1667x 128GB (2-Pack) SDXC UHS-II Cards, Up To 250MB/s Read, for Professional Photographer, Videographer, Enthusiast (LSD128CBNA16672)
  • Get high-speed performance with UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer speed up to 250MB/s (1667x)
  • Captures high-quality images and extended lengths of stunning 1080P full-HD, 3D, and 4K video with a DSLR camera, HD camcorder, or 3D camera
SaleBestseller No. 2
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
  • Tap into pro performance designed for professional and advanced photographers and videographers.
  • Super-fast write speeds of up to 260MB/s* help rapidly clear buffer time to support continuous burst mode shooting and cinema-quality video recording(2). Requires compatible devices capable of reaching such speeds.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card, Up To 300MB/s Read, for DSLR, Cinema-Quality Video Cameras (LSD2000128G-BNNNU)
  • High-speed performance—leverages UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer speed up to 300MB/s (2000x)
  • Captures high-quality images and extended lengths of Full-HD and cinema-quality 4K video
Bestseller No. 4
ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II V90 300R Memory Card (128GB)
  • SPEED: 300 MB/s Read, Up to 250MB/s Write, UHS-II, U3 Speed Class
  • UNPARALLELED QUALITY: Rigorous 100% card testing for highest quality assurance. Serialized tracking of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control. Three year warranty
SaleBestseller No. 5
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 64GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G64T/T1), Black
  • Tough specs: world's first one-piece molded construction with high hardness materials have resulted in the world's highest level of Bend strength, 18 times greater than the SD standard
  • Ribless, no write protection switch design: world's first ribless, no write protection switch design6 removed easy to break Parts, such as rib

Last update on 2022-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Finally

No one should get the wrong SD card, by shelling out more than required on too big a capacity SD card, or just as bad, getting a card too small for your requirements.

Too small cards will mean having to make workarounds for the bottlenecks you encounter, and too large SD cards mean extra funds spent that could be better spent on other essential gear.

Get the right SD card the first time.

Once you have decided on the best SD card for your needs you will then need an SD card reader to get your data off quickly and efficiently:

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader for SDXC, SDHC, SD, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SDXC, Micro SD, Micro SDHC Card and UHS-I Cards
  • Simultaneously read and write on two cards to save yourself the effort of constant unplugging and re-plugging.
  • USB 3.0 enables data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for faster Sync times, backward compatible with USB 2.0/ 1.1.

Last update on 2022-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Links

If you’re using the Fujifilm GFX 100S to start your own business, then you need to check out my comprehensive guide on How to Start a Creative Business. All the information about starting to build a business is there, with further related articles that go into more detail.

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