Best Memory Cards for the Sony ZV-E10

You might not need the most expensive card for your Sony ZV-E10, or maybe you need more memory than you thought. All the info you need to know is here
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The Sony ZV-E10 is a camera designed specifically with YouTubers in mind. It may possibly be the best vlogging camera on the market.

It has a lightweight design, flip out screen, wide angle lens and supports external microphones. This is a camera that will do the job with little lacking for a YouTuber’s needs.

With YouTube in mind, this is the best memory card I would recommend for a YouTuber using the Sony ZV-E10:

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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.

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

However this card will suit everyone from small YouTubers to large ones. But what about specific needs? Not everyone wants or needs the biggest SD Card. 

Maybe you only film short videos, maybe long, or maybe in between. Below is a list of compatible cards and the approximate amount of video you can record to them.

What Type of Memory Card Does the Sony ZV-E10 Use?

The Sony ZV-E10 has one single memory card slot nestled in the battery compartment.

The Sony ZV-E10 supports SD cards and Sony Memory Stick Duo cards.

I would recommend using the ubiquitous SD cards. They will have bigger storage capacities and faster read/write speeds. 

The Sony ZV-E10 has multiple video recording modes and will require specific SD cards if you want to be able to use them. I will list them below.

For photography, you can record stills to most SD cards and Memory Stick Duo cards. On one battery charge Sony claim you can shoot approximately 440 images until the battery runs out.

How Much Video Can You Record to an SD Card

The first table shows the lower bitrate video modes available on the Sony ZV-E10, and I’ve calculated the recording times for 64GB and 128GB, however both cards are available in both storage capacities when you click the link.

Best Choice
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
Lexar Professional 1667x 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card, Up To 250MB/s Read, for Professional Photographer, Videographer, Enthusiast (LSD64GCBNA1667)
Compatible Card
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
Lexar Professional 1667x 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card, Up To 250MB/s Read, for Professional Photographer, Videographer, Enthusiast (LSD64GCBNA1667)
V Speed
V90
V60
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 60Mbps)
4 Hrs 44 Mins
2 Hrs 22 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 50Mbps)
5 Hrs 41 Mins
2 Hrs 22 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 60Mbps)
4 Hrs 44 Mins
2 Hrs 22 Mins
Best Choice
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
Compatible Card
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
V Speed
V90
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 60Mbps)
4 Hrs 44 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 50Mbps)
5 Hrs 41 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 60Mbps)
4 Hrs 44 Mins
Lexar Professional 1667x 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card, Up To 250MB/s Read, for Professional Photographer, Videographer, Enthusiast (LSD64GCBNA1667)
Compatible Card
Lexar Professional 1667x 64GB SDXC UHS-II Card, Up To 250MB/s Read, for Professional Photographer, Videographer, Enthusiast (LSD64GCBNA1667)
V Speed
V60
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 60Mbps)
2 Hrs 22 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 50Mbps)
2 Hrs 22 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 60Mbps)
2 Hrs 22 Mins

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

The next table shows the higher bitrate video modes available to the Sony ZV-E10. These will output the best quality video possible on the camera so I would highly suggest using these modes.

And in order to that you will need the best brands and larger capacities if you shoot a lot of video.

Best Choice
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
Lexar Professional (LSD256CBNA1667) 1667X 256GB SDXC Uhs-II/U3 Card Black
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
Lexar Professional (LSD256CBNA1667) 1667X 256GB SDXC Uhs-II/U3 Card Black
V Speed
V90
V60
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 100Mbps)
2 Hrs 50 Mins
5 Hrs 41 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 100Mbps)
2 Hrs 50 Mins
5 Hrs 41 Mins
Best Choice
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
V Speed
V90
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 100Mbps)
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 100Mbps)
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Lexar Professional (LSD256CBNA1667) 1667X 256GB SDXC Uhs-II/U3 Card Black
Lexar Professional (LSD256CBNA1667) 1667X 256GB SDXC Uhs-II/U3 Card Black
V Speed
V60
Recording Time (XAVC S 4K, 100Mbps)
5 Hrs 41 Mins
Recording Time (XAVC S HD, 100Mbps)
5 Hrs 41 Mins

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

Again, selecting these links will take your to the product page with more storage size options. These are both great brands to go for.

Bear in mind battery capacities. Sony claim on one fully charged battery should allow you to shoot approximately between 80 minutes of real life video recording (zooming, pausing, moving etc.); and up to 125 minutes of continual shooting, until you need a new battery.

How to Choose the Right SD Card for the Sony ZV-E10

I’ve already armed you with the best cards you can get for your Sony ZV-E10, but what if you want to figure it out for yourself too?

Then you’ll need to understand what everything on the front of the SD card means so you know what that card is capable of.

There are three things on the card you have to pay attention to according to Sony when choosing the ZV-E10 compatible cards:

SDHC/SDXC

For all recording formats you need to have a SD card that is SDHC/SDXC.

These two terms represent the different filing systems. But you need to look for SDXC cards, because those are newer and can hold theoretically up to 2TB of storage. SDHC only holds a maximum of 32GB and that is not enough for most video requirements.

Sony state that if you use an SDHC SD card to record an XAVC S movie over extended periods of time, the recorded movies will be divided into files of 4GB in size.

This is because of the filing format.

All the cards recommended in this article are SDXC.

Speed Class Rating

The next requisite by Sony is for the lower bitrate modes to be Class 10 or U1 minimum.

For the higher bitrates Sony say you should get a U3 card.

These represent the speed classes, the U and C essentially are the same thing. The letter C is the minimum write speed of the card with the number representing the MB/s. So Sony require 10MB/s write speed at a minimum.

U3 represents 30MB/s minimum write speed, which is sufficient for most cameras on the market.

Finally

Don’t forget you’ll need a fast SD card carder to get all that video off the SD card onto the computer, I recommend this one from one of my favorite brands:

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

These are my recommendations for the best memory cards for the Sony ZV-E10. I hope they help you save money.

No one should spend more than they have to and realise they didn’t need to get that large capacity card losing the opportunity to spend that money on other more essential gear.

Or similarly getting too small a card and having to work around the limitations of not having the capacity to continually film stress free.

But as always with gear, it is an ever changing landscape. If you find other cards that work better for your ZV-E10, then let me know so I can update this article.

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Also check out the Sony ZV-1 which is the sister camera to the Sony ZV-E1.

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