The XQD memory type is extremely fast and excellent for cameras that are made for sports, wildlife and action photographers.
As of this post, there aren’t that many XQD compatible cameras (most popular are the Nikon D5 and D500), which is a little bit disappointing. Nevertheless, if your camera has a XQD card slot, here are our best 2017 picks for you.
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Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0
The Lexar 2933x 64GB XQD 2.0 is the card you should get if you’re looking to get the most for your money.
It has a whopping 440MB/s reading and 400MB/s writing speeds, is available in 32GB to 128GB sizes and will cost you under $100 for a 64GB card including the USB 3.0 reader.
If you mostly shoot in burst mode and have a high speed camera (anything over 8fps), you’ll love the card. Make sure your camera has a big JPEG/RAW buffer (anything over ~30), otherwise you won’t see the full potential of an XQD card. 4K videos are a piece of cake for this card.
Sony G-Series 400MB/s XQD 2.0
Sony also offers similarly priced memory cards. The Sony G-Series 64GB costs a few more dollars, so if the Lexar above is not in stock or you have a personal preference, you can expect similar reading and writing speeds (400 to 440MB/s).
It works flawlessly in Nikon and Sony cameras, is available in 32GB to 256GB sizes and is very durable (pins protected from dust, shocks and other external damage).