Canon Powershot S95 Memory Card

Canon S95 Memory CardWhen it comes to memory cards for the Canon Powershot S95, there are so many different options out there. For those of you who want to know more about the different types of memory cards that can be used in this camera, well you are definitely in the right place. For those of you who want great deals on cards, then you are in luck.

Best Canon PowerShot S95 SD Cards

I had to update this article as it was a bit outdated and some of the cards I had listed are not up to par with some of the newer cards available. With that said, all the cards that I list below were highlighted because of the performance that they are capable of giving, as well as their storage capacity and best of all, price.

If you really want to maximize the efficiency of the S95, then opt for the 128GB card. You will have a massive amount of storage for your pictures and videos and the good thing is that you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for this card.

The SanDisk Ultra is the most popular 128GB card on the market right now and it is the perfect fit for your Canon camera.

The PNY 64GB gets extremely high grade and is one of the most popular cards at this storage size. People flock to this particular card because of its pretty cheap price, as well as its performance and speed.

If you are not looking to spend a lot of money on the memory card, but would still love to have a card that offers a good amount of storage space, then this PNY definitely fits the bill.


While I highly recommend the cards above, as you can’t have too much space, if you really have the money to spend and want a card where you won’t run out of space anytime soon, you could always go with the 256GB SD card for the S95. The performance is top  rate and you definitely won’t have storage issues.

Canon Powershot S95 Memory Card Types

Canon S95 Memory CardThe Canon S95 will be able to take a variety of memory card formats. I will look at the different types that can be used in this device.

  • SD CardsThis memory card format can hold up to 4GB of images and video.
  • SDHC CardsThis memory card format can hold up to 32GB of images and video.
  • SDXC CardsThis memory card format can upwards of 48GB of images and video.
  • Micro SD (With SD Adapter) – This memory card format can hold up to 4GB of images and video.
  • Micro SDHC (With SD Adapter) – This memory card that can hold up to 32GB of images and video.

When it comes to the difference between SD and SDHC formats, some people often get confused. These cards are basically the same thing; the main difference is the cards size capacity.

SD cards can hold up to 4GB worth of images and video.

SDHC cards can hold up to 32GB worth of video and pictures.

SDXC cards can hold 48GB – 2TB worth of data.

Other Vital Memory Card Information

You should be aware that all memory cards have a Speed Class Rating. This speed rating basically determines how fast data can be written to the card. The speed classes for SD and SDHC cards are 2, 4, 6 and 10. SDXC cards are available in Class 4, 6 and 10. SDXC cards also have something called Ultra High Speed (UHS)

  • Class 2 – Minimum of 2 MB/s performance. (Slowest)
  • Class 4 – Minimum of 4 MB/s performance. (Average)
  • Class 6 – Minimum of 6 MB/s performance.  (Above Average)
  • Class 10 – Minimum of 10 MB/s performance. (Fastest)
  • UHS-1 (SDXC CARDS) – Speeds up to 104 MB/s.

If you plan on recording HD video with the Canon S95, then you should look for a card that has a minimum speed rating of Class 6. It has been shown that writing video to Class 2 or 4 cards will be a disaster. These cards are too slow to handle the amount of data that comes with recording in HD. Spend the money and get a fast card, you won’t regret it.

What Size Canon S95 SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Should I Get?

When looking at getting a SD or SDHC card for the 3DS, the size is really up to you. Cards are available in SD Cards are available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. SDHC cards are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes. SDXC cards come in 48GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.

If you want our recommendation, then it is always a good idea to go with a bigger size card. If you are planning on shooting a lot of HD video or high quality pictures, then consider a 32GB SDHC or 48GB/64GB/128GB SDXC card. You are definitely going to need to the space if you will be utilizing all the photo/video options of the S95 camera.

How Much Data Can Hold on a Memory Card?

Well now that you are aware of the different memory cards that can be used in the Canon Powershot S95, now it’s time for you to find out how much pictures and videos these memory cards can use.

**The table found below is there for memory card comparisons. The data for the different formats were based on ESTIMATES and it should be noted that the different memory cards can hold more or less; as there are so many factors that can change file sizes. The table is really there to give a visual as to how much these cards can hold.

Images Raw Video: 640X480 Video: 1280X720
4GB 1,946 268 43 min 25 min
8GB 3,892 536 1 hr 26 min 50 min
16GB 7,784 1072 2 hr 52 min 1hr 40 min
32GB 15,568 2144 5 hr 42 min 3 hr 20 min
48GB 23,352 3216 8 hr 32 min 5 hr
64GB 31,136 4288 11 hr 22 min 6 hr 40 min
128GB 62,272 8576 22 hr 44 min 13 hr 20 min

*Compatibility Issues

If you are planning on purchasing a SDHC or SDXC memory card, then you need to check the card reader on your computer. Many of the older computers have SD card readers which mean they won’t be able to read the memory card formats we mentioned above.  If you realize you can only read SD Cards, then you will have to invest in a card reader that can read both SDHC and SDXC cards. They are not expensive and you can get one here.


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