The ILCE-7SM3 camera has advanced video recording features and formats that are unique to the ILCE camera lineup and it is critical that you read through all video format and memory card requirements in the help guide. If you currently own memory cards, compare the card specifications of the camera to detemine if your cards can be used. If you are purchasing cards then the specifications need to match your video recording and editing needs.
Refer to the SD Association website for logo, type, capacity, and speed class information for the SD™ card formats and review the following information to select and use the proper memory cards for the camera.
Choosing the proper memory card
The camera will accept SD, SDHC™, SDXC™, and CFexpress® Type A cards for still image. For video recording, the video speed class and the video format you want to record determines if your card can be used with the camera or what you need to purchase.
SD card requirements
- SDHC/SDXC cards with a UHS speed rating of U3 or video speed rating of v30 work with the XAVC S HD format (up to 60 capture fps) only
- SDXC cards rated v60 work with all formats except XAVC S HD (240 capture fps), XAVC S-I 4K and XAVC S-I HD
- SDXC cards rated v90 work with all formats except XAVC S-I HD (240 capture fps) and XAVC S-I 4K (60 capture fps/24 & 30 record fps, 120 capture fps)
- CFexpress Type A Video Performance Guarantee (VPG 200 or higher) cards, introduced with the ILCE-7SM3, work with all video formats.
You can also refer to the Video specifications for SD and CFexpress card formats article for a complete listing of card specifications and compatibilities.
- SDHC v30/v60/v90 cards will only record in the XAVC S HD format.
- For a description of the video modes of the camera, refer to (Movie) Characteristics of each file format.
- If you own an SDXC card that has high read/write speeds marked but doesn't have a v60/v90 logo (required), you will need to purchase the proper card as the camera doesn't recognize the read/write speeds and an error message will appear: