The Best Memory Card for the Nikon D7000

SD card for Nikon D7000

Memory cards are difficult to buy, but the choice of a memory card is easy if you own a Nikon D7000.  The only thing left to decide is what sizing of card you’d like to buy.

Sandisk and Nikon worked together to produce an SD memory card that can work faster with the Nikon D7000 than any other SD memory card.

The marketing departments of the sd memory card manufacturers must work overtime trying to think of new and confusing systems which will make their cards seem faster than the “other guy.”

In the search for faster and faster memory cards, you may be surprised to know that often a faster memory card will provide no benefit to your camera’s speed.  It works like a bottleneck.  When the camera takes a picture, the sensor captures information and passes it to the buffer, and the buffer passes the information to the memory card.  If the processor in the camera is slow, using a faster memory card won’t make a bit of difference in speed.  In many cases, however, the memory card is the weak link in the chain.

With that understanding, you might be interested to know that the new Nikon D7000 is the only DSLR on planet Earth that can take advantage of the new UHS technology in SD memory cards.  Unlike most SD cards that max out at 20 megabytes per second maximum write speed, the new Sandisk UHS memory card can be fully used by the Nikon D7000.  Other DSLRs will see no benefit in using this card rather than a regular class 10 memory card.

If you own a Nikon D7000, this is THE best memory card for your camera… no question. Buy this memory card on  In fact, buy two since the Nikon D7000 has two memory card slots.  You can also buy it in 32gb or in 8gb sizes.

Sandisk has had this type of exclusive with Nikon DSLRs before.  The D90 was only able to use the power of the 30 megabytes per second SD card made by Sandisk, and not similar SD cards made by other manufacturers.


  1. Johnny Brown

    Thanks for the Info….. Just purchased a Nikon D7000, and just ordered 4 cards.

  2. Author
    Jim Harmer

    Comment from Tom (Somehow it got marked as SPAM, sorry!) “Looks like the special SanDisk ExtremePro adapter is needed – will this still transfer at 45 MBps in a standard SD slot?”

  3. Author
    Jim Harmer

    @Tom No, it won’t transfer at 45mbps to the computer without a fast memory card reader, but it will allow you to write that fast on the camera.

  4. Adam

    We’re getting a D7000 and looking at this very SD card from. It’s odd that it’s listed for $160 on sandisk and in a local photoshop it’s $150. But on Amazon it’s $72? And even at Walmart it’s $69!!

    I heard there were lots of knock-off Sandisk cards, so i’m suspicious of a card that’s half the price. Have you been satisfied with the cards from that Amazon seller?

  5. Edwyn

    what about the new nikon D5100 i bought
    that camera and i like to know if the extreme pro will work at the same speed in the D5100 than the D7000

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      This card would still be the fastest possible memory card for the D5100, but you will not be able to fully max out the card speed.

  6. Chris

    I know your a Nikon shooter but is there any cards you suggest specifically for Canon or the 7d?

  7. Nate

    I am curious about this. I bought a class 10 transcend card, and get a buffer of 9 RAW shots. What’s the buffer size with this card?

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  10. Mitch

    Can you please provide your opinion on the newer San DISK that is 32GB but 90Mbps rateing called PRO. Does the D7000 take full advantage of the added speed…or it the one rated at 45 Mbps the limitation?

  11. jehlef

    A class 1? Uhm… I wouldn’t buy that. Get 2 Class 10’s for your dual slot

  12. Barbara

    I just purchased the D7000 and after reading your article I’m going with SanDisk memory cards. Which of the 64GB memory cards do you recommend:
    Extreme 64GB (SDXC)
    Extreme Pro 64GB (SDXC) UHS-I
    Ultra 64GB (SDXC) UHS-I Class 10

  13. David Lindsay

    Hi Jim how are you today, mate just a quick question on this extreme pro card’ there appears to be a couple of the these cards which one are you refering to

    Regards David

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  15. hopscotch

    I use both fast and slow cards and have never noticed any differences in shooting, In theory, this means it should be faster, while remaining accurate even in lower light situations.

  16. Churk

    This might be true a few years ago, but I do not think buying exclusively of any brand yields a better result is in anyway true. All the cards have a class system class 1, 2, 4, 10, and now XC, which moves about 90Mbps+. I used SD card for my D7000 ranging from the cheap no name brand to Sandisk to Patriot, corsair, PNY, Kingston. You name it I used it. Mostly because I use this for other things as well, and I put each of these memory through crystal disk mark which identifies the true read/write speed regardless of pictures or movies. 5 years ago, because named brand has better quality control, it is true that buying them usually mean more reliable and fast. But now these memory cards are so widely used that almost all known/unknown brand has a standard of quality and the certification for each class they slap the label on will tell you the speed of the card.

  17. Popeye

    Higher speed SD cards works great with faster image processors, with that been said,, it doesn’t matter if your camera has a “slower” processor, but it would be a waste of money, kinda like buying a Ferrari to go to the grocery store, it goes well but you’re not taking advantage of the powerful engine. Same situation applies to cameras.

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