128GB Lexar SDXC in Canon 60D

If you're wondering about what the 128GB Lexar SDXC card is good for, there's a number of things. Besides throwing it into bitrate hungry high end cameras, another good purpose is doubling the disk space on my MacBook Air. The new Macbook Air can't be upgraded internally, so by using a very generic SDHC card reader, i'm able to double my storage with a solid state drive that can transfer 100MB files in less than 7 seconds. There's no limit to individual 4GB file sizes with exFAT format and the card works both on Mac and PC. It's the smallest and lightest storage media I can carry in my backpack. If you're looking at 128GB USB thumb drives with equivalent speeds and you'll find yourself coughing up about twice the price of this single Lexar.

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So, since the Lexar 128GB card is based on exFAT file system with no 4GB limit, what happens if you place it into a Canon 60D? Will the video stop automatically? The answer is yes it will stop at just around a 4GB file size - so DSLRs won't be taking advantage of SDXC and larger file sizes (for now). The Canon 60D and Panasonic GH2 can see the entire 128GB and can record video without any buffering issues, but for now the card is a bit overkill. For other things like being able to dump files to the editor, run backups in Time Machine, or use it for additional storage it's pretty quick and has a feather weight footprint in the bag...

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16 thoughts on “128GB Lexar SDXC in Canon 60D

  1. Ben

    Hey all, the reason Canon Cameras can't shoot files larger than 4gb is due to the camera only supporting FAT32.

    @John - This is likely why the 60d can't read the card, as it's exFAT, not FAT32.

  2. John

    I bought an SDXC card for canon 60d. The card is in exFAT. The camera does not accept. No resolution to this problem??

    Al staff help, please.

  3. Emm

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    @cbuddee - Thanks, I have a test here on the website that shows this. The cameras are not capable of recording of seeing a different format, or recording over 29 minutes (camera firmware).

  4. cbuddee

    dont get this...its not worth it (for 60d)

    It constantly says movie has stopped recording even when formatted .

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  6. Dave

    Does the MBA have an SDHC or SDXC slot? Have you had the opportunity to try it in a MBP with an SDXC slot? Would love to know if they can read it natively without the need for a card reader

  7. Allan


    I was wondering If Magic Lantern really helps as I've told that DSLR cameras overheat when recording too long?? Is that true? I come from the video camera community and its mainly what has scared me the most from DSLR.

  8. Emm

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    @Eric - I'd have to double check. It's just the first iPad app I found for 'stop watch'.

  9. Nicholas

    Or you could just install Magic Lantern on the 60D it auto restarts recordings with +/- a second delay between start/stop.

  10. Emm

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    @Joseph - For sure! I carry the Macbook 11" Air because it weighs nothing. I don't want to lug around another drive just to share files and do backups.

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