You can get the Nikon D5 with either Dual XQD or Dual CF memory card slots, the choice is up to you.
Since we don’t know which one you’ve got, our guide covers both the best XQD and best CF memory cards for the money.
The Top 4 Cards We Selected
- Lexar Professional 2933x XQD
- Sony G-Series 400MB/s XQD
- Lexar Professional 1066x UDMA 7 CF
- SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA 7 CF
The Nikon D5 shoots at 12 frames per second and if you don’t want to wait a long time before the buffer clears, you’ll want the fastest cards available on the market today. The camera has a 200 image buffer, although you’ll probably rarely go that high.
Best XQD Memory Cards for the Nikon D5
Lexar Professional 2933x XQD
Looking for the best there is? The Lexar Professional 2933x XQD card is the fastest and best deal for the money. It’s got a writing speed up to 400MB/s and reading speed up to 440MB/s, and a 64GB version will cost you less than $90.
The card can easily store 200 RAW files in a single burst, The buffer waiting time is also the shortest among all cards.
It’s available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, and you can get each with a reader (extra $20).
Sony G-Series XQD
The Sony XQD 64GB G-Series is more or less the only other option besides the Lexar above. It also comes with a dedicated XQD memory card reader.
Why did we include it here? Mostly so you can see why the Lexar above is such a great deal. The Sony costs more and has both reading (400MB/s) and writing speeds slower (350MB/s). It’s also available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions.
Best CF Memory Cards for the Nikon D5
Lexar Professional 1066x UDMA 7
The Lexar Professional 1066x is the most popular, super fast and the cheapest for what it offers (UDMA 7).
Lexar also includes a downloadable Image Rescue software in case you lost your files. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes.
SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA 7
The SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA 7 is almost identical in speed, yet costs a little bit more. Both brands are excellent and I’ve been using both for years (CF and SD), and none of them failed ever.
However, Sandisk is quite famous for their durability and their cards working in all sorts of difficult conditions; freezing to extremely hot. We’re not saying Lexar won’t work in cold/hot conditions, it’s just that SanDisk has a reputation in this department.
For more detailed speeds, check out the Nikon D5 Memory Card comparison here.