The HC-W580 supports a better memory card type than most latest small sensor size camcorders. This Panasonic camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most newly released similar spec camcorders support an SDHC memory card. This video camera also supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).
This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-W580.
Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.
SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.