Article ID : 00252738 / Last Modified : 01/12/2022

Memory card information for video recording with Alpha cameras

    Certain Alpha ILCE and all ILME camera models have advanced video recording features that require attention when selecting memory cards. If you currently own memory cards, compare the card specifications of the camera to determine 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

    Depending on your Alpha camera, it will accept SD, SDHC™, SDXC™, Memory Stick™, and CFexpress® Type A cards for still image recording. For video recording, the video speed class and the video format you want to record determine 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, 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, compatibilities, and characteristics for each movie file format.


    • SDHC v30/v60/v90 cards will only record in the XAVC S HD 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:
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