Best Memory Card for Nikon D7100

Best Memory Card for Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100The Nikon D7100 ($1,097) has dual slots for up to two Secure Digital (SD) format memory cards. Those who shoot HD video or NEF format (camera RAW) images on the Nikon D7100 should use Class 10 cards, which have a minimum write speed of 10 MB per second. Class 10 memory cards (as opposed to Class 6 or Class 4 cards) will help ensure that stills and videos are captured smoothly and download to your computer in a reasonable amount of time.

 

Best Card for the Nikon D7100 for Most Consumers

The SanDisk Extreme is our pick for the best overall SD memory card. For under $20 for a 16GB card, the SanDisk Extreme offers write speeds of up to 45 MB per second, which performs far better than cheaper cards with respect to larger files, video, and downloading. In addition, SanDisk Exteme 16-64GB cards are rated as waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and can operate in temperatures from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 45 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 45 MB/s
Best For: DSLRs, HD video, faster downloading
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For Professionals

If you frequently shoot HD video, high-speed bursts, or transfer large volumes of files, the best professional SD memory card for the Nikon D7100 is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. With write speeds of up to 90 MB per second, it’s SanDisk's fastest SD memory card. Like the Extreme series above, the SanDisk Extreme Pro features a durable design that is waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and rated for extreme temperatures. 
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 90 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 95 MB/s
Best For: DSLRs, HD video, fastest downloading
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On a Budget

The Transcend Class 10 series are some of the best selling SD memory cards with a minimum write speed of 10 MB per second (more than double the SanDisk Standard Class 4 for only a few dollars more). However, the SanDisk Extreme above is relatively close in price ($17 for a 16GB card), considerably faster, and more durable. 
Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s (Class 10)
Max. Write Speed: 20 MB/s
Max. Read Speed: 17 MB/s
Best For: Larger files and video on a budget
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What Size Memory Card Should I Get?

A 16 GB memory card on the Nikon D7100 can hold approximately 1,000 photos in JPEG fine large format or 2,000 photos in JPEG fine normal format. For most people, 16 GB is a logical size and often more economical than smaller cards. NEF (camera RAW) files take up considerably more memory—roughly five to ten times as much—so those who shoot in NEF should consider a 32 or 64 GB memory card or multiple cards. Remember that the Nikon D7100 features dual SD card slots and the ability to designate which images go to each card.