XQD Cards

Currently, the following DSLR cameras use XQD cards:

  • Nikon D4 (1 slot)
  • Nikon D4s (1 slot)
  • Nikon D5 (2 slots)
  • Nikon D500 (1 slot)
  • Nikon D850 (1 slot)

The following mirrorless and Medium Format cameras can also use XQD cards:

  • Nikon Z6 (1 slot)
  • Nikon Z7 (1 slot)
  • PhaseOne IQ4 150mp (1 slot)

In addition, two video cameras (can) use XQD cards:

  • Sony FS7
  • Sony FS7m2

Originally, we had two sources of XQD cards, Lexar and Sony. As I write this, we have three sources, Delkin, Nikon, and Sony. Lexar has indicated that they’ll return to the XQD market sometime in 2018.

While any XQD card ever made will work in the above cameras, you do need to be careful about XQD card readers. The currently available card readers from Sony, for instance, are not all backwards compatible with the oldest XQD cards (even from Sony). Thus, anyone new to XQD needs to be careful about selecting a card reader and making sure that they have cards that match their reader’s abilities. Also, no one still makes 16GB XQD cards, which is a shame.

The current state of card availability is as follows (all links are advertiser links):

All of these cards have 400MBs write performance. Don’t be concerned about small differences in size (e.g. 120GB versus 128GB). Different memory chip suppliers have differing capacities that they sell. Right now I see Micron providing 120/240.., Samsung with 120/250..., and still others doing 128/256… 

In my opinion, the best card reader for those with recent computers (including MacBook Pros) is the Sony XQD/SD Card Reader [advertiser link].

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