Best Memory Cards for the Sony A7 IV

I’ve worked out the recording times and capacities for the Sony A7 IV to help you work out which memory card will suit your needs best

The Sony A7 IV is the long awaited replacement to the impressive hybrid camera, the Sony A73. The strength of this camera is in both photo and video, so to get the best out of both areas you need to know which is the best memory cards for the Sony A7 IV for your budget.

If you haven’t the time to read this whole article then then I’ll quickly recommend the two best generalist memory cards for the Sony A74 that should meet the needs of most user’s needs.

But for a more tailored recommendation that will most likely ultimately save you more money in the long run do read on to work out which card best suits your needs.

Last update on 2021-08-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The best memory card for a Sony A74 photographer will not be the same best card for a video shooter, and the same for a hybrid shooter.

And even then there are multiple use cases of hybrid shooting. Those who use a little photo shooting and mainly video to those that are the other way around.

Whichever case fits you, we will need to go into more detail and work out what these cards are capable of. So we can match the right card to each user.

Which Memory Cards Does the Sony A74 Use?

The memory card slots have a slightly different configuration than the A74’s older siblings, the Sony A7S III.

The Sony A74 has dual memory card slots but only one of the dual bays supports both CFExpress Type A and SD cards.

So you can never run two CFExpress Type A cards at the same time like the aforementioned A7S3. You can therefore run two SD cards though, which most cases is more than enough.

Both memory card slots support UHS-II memory cards.

Best Memory Cards for the Sony A7S IV to Record 4K Video

The Sony A7 IV oversamples from a 7K sensor to 4K producing a high quality image. Improving on the previous A73, you now get 10-bit 4:2:2 codecs like the flagship A1 and sibling A7S3.

The Sony A7S4 can record up to a maximum bitrate of 600Mbps which would need a CFExpress Type A card.

Best for 4K
Sony CEA-G160T 160GB CFexpress Type A Memory Card (CEAG160T)
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
Compatible Card
Sony CEA-G160T 160GB CFexpress Type A Memory Card (CEAG160T)
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
XAVC S-I 4K (60p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 600 Mbps)
35 Mins
28 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (30p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 300 Mbps)
1 Hr 11 Mins
57 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (24p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 240 Mbps)
1 Hr 28 Mins
1 Hr 11 Mins
XAVC S 4K (60p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 150 Mbps)
2 Hrs 22 Mins
1 Hr 53 Mins
XAVC S 4K (30p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 100 Mbps)
3 Hrs 33 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
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Best for 4K
Sony CEA-G160T 160GB CFexpress Type A Memory Card (CEAG160T)
Compatible Card
Sony CEA-G160T 160GB CFexpress Type A Memory Card (CEAG160T)
XAVC S-I 4K (60p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 600 Mbps)
35 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (30p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 300 Mbps)
1 Hr 11 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (24p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 240 Mbps)
1 Hr 28 Mins
XAVC S 4K (60p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 150 Mbps)
2 Hrs 22 Mins
XAVC S 4K (30p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 100 Mbps)
3 Hrs 33 Mins
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)
XAVC S-I 4K (60p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 600 Mbps)
28 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (30p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 300 Mbps)
57 Mins
XAVC S-I 4K (24p, 4:2:2, 10bit, 240 Mbps)
1 Hr 11 Mins
XAVC S 4K (60p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 150 Mbps)
1 Hr 53 Mins
XAVC S 4K (30p, 4:2:0, 8bit, 100 Mbps)
2 Hrs 50 Mins
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Last update on 2021-07-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Here are some approximations of video recording capacities for different memory card capacities.

Do remember that these are approximate numbers. Environment settings or battery quality for example can skew the figures, but in general these are close enough for you to decide which card suits you best.

The Other Best Memory Cards for the Sony A1

There are a few other great alternatives to these the Sony Tough range of SD cards. I mainly have Sandisk cards and they have never let me down.

I just find these new Sony Tough cards seem to feel more durable and tougher. But they aren’t the only cards to get.

Check out the bestselling UHS-II V90 SD cards that should cover everything you use the A74 for ( list updated continuously):

Bestseller No. 1
Prograde Digital SD UHS-II 128GB Card V90 –Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators
  • TURN YOUR PASSION INTO PROFIT – CALLING ALL VLOGGERS, INFLUENCERS, FILMMAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS: Become an instant pro by adding our professional line of SD cards to your kit. Focus on curating the finest content for your clients/audience while our SDXC Cards do the backend heavy lifting of storing and uploading your work efficiently every time.
  • LIGHTING FAST 250MB/s WRITE SPEED – INSTANTLY SAVE high resolution recordings to your device, ALL WHILE maintaining super sharp focus. STOP waiting around for your images/recordings to upload, with our Read Speed of 300 MB/s even your most robust work can be uploaded in seconds!
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.
Bestseller No. 3
Kodak 128GB UHS-II U3 V90 Ultra Pro SDXC Memory Card - Up to 300MB/s Read Speed and 270MB/s Write Speed
  • CAPACITY: Upgrade your device's storage capacity up to 128GB with this Kodak Memory Card
  • WRITE SPEED: The Memory card has write speeds up to 270MB/s, and is ideal for continuous high speed shootings
Bestseller No. 4
Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB, V90, CL10, U3, Max R300MB/S, W299MB/S (SF-G128T/T1)
  • 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
Bestseller No. 5
Video Pro SD Card UHS-II 128GB SDXC Memory Card U3 V90 A1, Extreme Performance Professional Sd-Card (R 280mb/s 250mb/s W) for Advanced DSLR,Well-Suited for Video, Including 4K,8K, 3D, Full HD Video
  • FROM PASSION TO PROFESSIONAL IN AN INSTANT | 128GB Class-10 SDXC UHS-I Memory Cards Provide the Expanded Storage & High-Speed Performance You Need to Take Your Hobby to the Next Level | Store, Save & Transfer 1080p Full HD, 3D & 8K Ultra HD Videos, High Definition Photographs, MP3 Music & Business Files Without Fail
  • SUPERCHARGED SPEED FOR STUNNING RESULTS | Capture & Upload Images & Recordings with Gorgeous Color, True-to-Life Detail, Sharp Focus & the Fastest Data Transfer Possible | Featuring a Video Class Speed Rating of V90, These Lightning-Fast Cards Allow You to Read/Write at 280/250 MB/s—Perfect for Pro Applications

Last update on 2021-08-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Finally

There’s a fair bit of info in this article and I’ve tried to cover most of the bases so you have all the best info to make an informative decision.

No creator should get the wrong memory card, having spent more than necessary on a card with too large a capacity, or conversely a card that’s too small.

Get the right card the first time!

Once you have chosen the right memory card you will also need an SD card reader to get all your data off the card quickly and efficiently:

Last update on 2021-07-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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