Best XQD Memory Cards for Nikon D5

We know that Nikon D5 flagship DSLR camera has two versions: one with dual CompactFlash slots and one with dual XQD slots. Cameramemoryspeed published their comparison/test results of six XQD cards in the Nikon D5. The test results showed that Lexar Professional 2933x 64GB XQD 2.0 had the best performance and it was the fastest XQD card tested in the D5 (over 292.9 MB/s write speed during continuous shooting). The runner up was the Sony G Series 64GB XQD Card which averaged 273.9 MB/s write in the D5. Both these cards are ideal for extended continuous shooting of RAW images.

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From Cameramemoryspeed:

For the best performance, the Lexar Professional 2933x 64GB XQD 2.0 was the fastest XQD card tested in the D5. It averaged over 292.9 MB/s write speed during continuous shooting. The runner up was the Sony G Series 64GB XQD Card which averaged 273.9 MB/s write in the D5. Both these cards are ideal for extended continuous shooting of RAW images. When shooting 14-bit compressed or lossless compressed RAW images, the Lexar 2933x card provided unhindered shooting (up to the camera-imposed 200 shot limit and beyond when the shutter is pressed again).

Nikon D5 Store links:

Nikon D5 (XQD Version): $6,496.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Nikon D5 (CF Version): $6,496.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight: $596.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

See also: Best lenses for Nikon D5.