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Top Best XQD Memory Cards for Nikon Cameras in 2019: Reviews

May 29, 2019

Got a Nikon D4, D4s, D5, D850, D500, Z6, or Z7? Chance is that you need to have at least a few XQD memory cards in your backpack. What’s the fastest memory card in the world? A top rated XQD card for sure for your mirrorless camera. With its speed up to 400MB/s, no other memory cards can beat the QXD memory technology.

The XQD is much faster than using my Wifi network or SD cards, not just for taking pics on burst mode, but downloading them too. The XQD card is more expensive, but it’s worth it.

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A List of Top Best XQD Memory Cards for Nikon DSLR and Mirrorless Camera in 2019

1. Sony XQD G Series Memory Card

The most favorite among professional photographers, XQD G Series Memory Card has been the best card for a DSLR camera like the Nikon D850. It’s much faster than a SanDisk UHS-II SDXC card. For those who shoot 4K and RAW files, it’s better to get the maximum capacity, 256GB. I also recommend this Sony XQD card for use with the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.

  • Record high frame 4K videos
  • Continuous shooting up to 200 RAW images

2. Lexar 2933x XQD 2.0 Memory Card

The second best XQD card after the Sony is none other this 2933x card from Lexar. With this card, you can have up to 128GB capacity only. It also comes with a lifetime copy of downloadable Image Rescue software, which is crucial for most photographers.

  • Water/Temp/Shock Resistant
  • Image Rescue Software
  • High quality RAW images and 4K video

3. Delkin Devices 120GB Premium XQD Memory Card

The newest card that’s built on of the XQD is CFX. Based CFExpress, the Delkin card is the nex-generation QXD with higher speed and better power consumption. You would be surprised that this Delkin can support continuous-burst shooting of up to 200 Raw images without delay.

  • Max Read Speed: 440 MB/s Max Write Speed: 400 MB/s
  • Can withstand extreme temperatures
  • XQD format version 2 compliant

4. Sony 120GB G Series XQD Memory Card

This is the fastest XQD card for professional photographers who need speed. The Sony memory is card is the best for recording 4K video and up to 200 continuous raw still image bursts.

  • Max. Read Speed: 440 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 400 MB/s

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Good to Know

The XQD card is ideal for sports, wildlife and action photographers. Nikon’s own DSLR cameras that utilize XQD cards are: Nikon D4, Nikon D4s, Nikon D5, Nikon D850 and Nikon D500. So far, Nikon has taken advantages of the XQD’s PCI Express.

For those who have been wondering if an XQD card is better than an SD card, I tested this by transferring 786 files from my XQD memory card. Each file is about about 100Mb each, from my XQD card, while also copying a similar number from my laptop, which in the same time frame has managed to transfer a whopping 67 files.

Sony designed the QXD to replace CompactFlash memory card. It’s very reliable to use in every photography setting.

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