Best Memory Cards for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II

You might not need the most expensive card for your GH5 II, or maybe you need more memory than you thought. All the info you need to know is here
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The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II builds off its incredibly successful predecessor. The Panasonic GH5 II takes all the professional features which made the GH5 well received and takes them a little further.

So to take advantage of this super successful micro four thirds camera what memory cards do you need? Are they the same as its predecessor? And which card will fit your specific needs as a video maker?

These are best memory cards for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 that I would recommend:

Last update on 2021-07-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

However while these two cards will be sufficient for the most needs for filmmaking, everyone has different needs. Perhaps you only need a small capacity of storage, or maybe you actually need neven more?

In this article I’ll show you the recommended cards and their recording times. That way you can save money and time by figuring out which card best suits your professional requirements.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with Live Streaming, 4K 4:2:2 10-Bit Video, 5-Axis Image Stabilizer, 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 Leica Lens DC-GH5M2LK
  • THE ICONIC GH5, NOW WITH LIVE STREAMING: Attention hybrid content creators—the GH5M2 supports both wired and wireless unlimited live streaming for indoors and outdoors, together with a USB Power Delivery feature.
  • VIDEO FORMAT OPTIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL USE: The GH5M2 is capable of unlimited video recording in various settings including C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit and simultaneous output over HDMI during 4K 60p internal recording.
  • PHOTO STYLE PRESETS MINIMIZE YOUR EDITING: Presets include V-LogL, Cinelike D2/ V2, MonochromeS and L.ClassicNeo.

Last update on 2021-07-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Later at the latter end of this article I’ll go into more detail what all the numbers and symbols on the face of your memory card mean to you. 

Once you’ve read up on all the lingo and jargon you will be better placed to read a card’s front packaging to decide for yourself what that card can do for you and, just as importantly, what it can’t do for you.

Choosing the Best Memory Cards for the Panasonic GH5 II

The Panasonic GH5 II uses dual UHS-II SD card slots. The GH5 II’s batteries have slightly larger capacity than its predecessor of 2200mAh over 1850mAh. With normal usage you can expect one charge to last either 400 stills or about an hour of 4K recording.

How Much Video Can You Record to an SD Card

The GH5 II’s recording options really pack a punch for a micro four thirds camera, shooting up to 10-bit 4:2:0 4K 50/60p video, where the original GH5 could only record 60p at 8-bit.

The higher frame rate 10-bit video is recorded in the H.265 codec.

Best Choice
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
SD UHS-II 256GB Card V90 –Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators – by Prograde Digital
Compatible Card
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - C10, U3, V90, 8K, 4K, Full HD Video, SD Card - SDSDXDK-128G-GN4IN
SD UHS-II 256GB Card V90 –Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators – by Prograde Digital
V Speed
V90
V90
Recording Time (H.265 4:2:0 10-Bit)
6K Anamorphic, 25/29.97p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
4K Anamorphic, 50p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit)
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
1 Hr 25 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [200 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
1 Hr 25 Mins
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
1 Hr 25 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit)
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
3 Hrs 47 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
3 Hrs 47 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
3 Hrs 47 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 Mb/s]
2 Hrs 50 Mins
5 Hrs 35 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 (H.265 4:2:0 10-Bit)
6K Anamorphic, 25/29.97p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
4K Anamorphic, 50p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
1 Hr 25 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit)
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [200 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
42 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit)
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1 Hr 53 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 Mb/s]
2 Hrs 50 Mins
SD UHS-II 256GB Card V90 –Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators – by Prograde Digital
Compatible Card
SD UHS-II 256GB Card V90 –Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators – by Prograde Digital
V Speed
V90
Recording Time (H.265 4:2:0 10-Bit)
6K Anamorphic, 25/29.97p, 200Mb/s
2 Hrs 50 Mins
4K Anamorphic, 50p, 200Mb/s
2 Hrs 50 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
2 Hrs 50 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), 50p/59.94p, 200Mb/s
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit)
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [200 Mb/s]
2 Hrs 50 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
1 Hr 25 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s]
2 Hrs 50 Mins
Recording Time (H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit)
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.976p/24.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
3 Hrs 47 Mins
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
3 Hrs 47 Mins
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
3 Hrs 47 Mins
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 Mb/s]
5 Hrs 35 Mins

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

SD Cards

On the front of an SD card are various numbers, symbols and pictures that will help to identify relevant information on whether a card will be able to meet the criteria to record photos or video.

Memory Capacity

This is the most recognized number on the SD card, representing the memory capacity of the SD card. SD cards can go to about 1TB capacity.

SDHC or SDXC

The difference between SDHC and SDXC is only that they identify two different filing systems which determine memory capacity.

The older SDHC filing system will hold up to 32GB of storage whereas the SDXC filing system can hold up to 2TB. However currently there are no cards that reach that maximum capacity.

Maximum Read Speed

A bit deceptively, SD card manufacturers don’t usually advertise the write speed on the SD card, even though it’s usually the more important number. 

The top left or right number is actually most often representing the maximum achievable read speed.

For video the most important number is the sustained speed. Because if the sustained speed drops below the video bitrate you will get dropped frames resulting in the jittery effect.

Speed Class Rating

The remaining numbers on the top right or left side of the SD card correspond to the various speed classes of the SD card.

The letter C that has a number enclosed (2,4,6,10), represents the minimum write speed of 2MB/s for Class 2, 4MB/s for class 4 etc. This is the minimum rate and not the actual rate.

The U with a 1 or 3 enclosed inside represents the minimum sustained write speed. U1 represents a minimum write speed of 10MB/s and U3 represents a minimum write speed of 30MB/s.

U1 and Class 10 are essentially the same information, both identifying the SD card never writing less than 10MB/s. The difference however is that the U is for SD cards that use UHS-I or UHS-II.

Non-UHS cards will max out at 25MB/s, whereas a UHS-I card will max out at 104MB/s and a UHS-II card will max out at 312MB/s. 

You can identify the UHS-II card by the second row of pins on the back of the SD card. This allows it to achieve faster speeds than the UHS-I card.

You can use both UHS-I and UHS-II cards, but a UHS-II card will allow you more options.

The V speed is again similar to the U number, representing the minimum sustained speed. V30 represents a minimum write speed of 30MB/s all the way up to V90 representing 90MB/s.

Finally

If you haven’t already got one, you need an SD card reader. This is one I use which is available on Amazon:

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.
  • Fully powered via your USB port — no additional power supply required.

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

I hope in this article you’ve found for you the best memory cards for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, or at least find the help you need to figure out what card is right for your needs, saving you time and money.

No one wants to the wrong memory card that turns out to have less capacity than what you needed, or just as bad, buying a card that’s too big; losing those funds which could be better spent elsewhere.

As always, memory cards are always an ever changing landscape, so please comment below if you are a GH5 II owner and have found in your time with the camera, cards that are possibly superior, or less expensive cards that work well in your setup.

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