Best Memory Cards for Sony Alpha a1 (ILCE-1)

The Sony Alpha 1 (B&H/Adorama/Amazon) is Sony’s newest flagship full frame mirrorless camera announced in late January, 2021. Sony Alpha 1 has a newly designed 50.1MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and the BIONZ XR processing engine. Like Sony a7S III, Alpha 1 has two memory card slots, both support CFexpress Type A cards and UHS-II SD cards. Looking for recommended memory cards for Sony Alpha 1 ? We have tested and reviewed latest memory cards, and below are top recommended ones for Sony Alpha 1:

Best CFexpress Type A Card for Sony a1:

CFexpress Type A cards are ideally suited to high-speed continuous RAW still image shooting as well as 8K 30p & 4K 120p movie recording at high bit rates. If you are going to shoot 4K & 8K videos, CFexpress Type A cards are best choice for Alpha 1. These cards has max read speed at 800MB/s, and max write speed at 700MB/s.

Card Max. Read Speed Max. Write Speed Check Price
Sony Tough CFexpress Type A 800 MB/s 700 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Best UHS-II SD Cards for Sony a1:

Other than CFexpress Type A cards, the best memory card choice for Sony Alpha 1 is UHS-II SD memory cards. Currently the fastest & toughest UHS-II SD memory card is Sony’s best selling SF-G UHS-II Tough SD card, this card has fastest read speed at 300 MB/s & write speed at 299 MB/s. You can take a look at recommended UHS-II SD cards for Sony Alpha 1 below:

Card Max. Read Speed Max. Write Speed Check Price
Sony SF-G Tough UHS-II SDXC 300 MB/s 299 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-II SDXC 300 MB/s 260 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC 300 MB/s 260 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Hoodman Steel 2000x SDXC UHS-II 300 MB/s 260 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
ProGrade Digital UHS-II SDXC 300 MB/s 250 MB/s Amazon/B&H
Delkin Devices Power SDXC UHS-II 300 MB/s 250 MB/s Amazon/B&H
Sony SF-M Tough UHS-II SDXC 277 MB/s 150 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Lexar Professional 1667x UHS-II SDXC 250 MB/s 90 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Best UHS-I SD memory cards for Sony a1:

The UHS-I SD memory cards are much cheaper than CFexpress and UHS-II SD cards. Currently the fastest UHS-I SD card is from SanDisk, the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC card has max read speed at 170MB/s and max write speed at 90MB/s. Take a look at recommended UHS-I SD cards for Sony a1:

Card Max. Read Speed Max. Write Speed Check Price
SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC 170 MB/s 90 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDXC 150 MB/s 70 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Lexar Professional 633x UHS-I SDXC 95 MB/s 45 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
PNY Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC 95 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Transcend UHS-I SDXC 95 MB/s 60 MB/s Amazon/B&H/Adorama