Which memory card for the Nikon Z5?

The Nikon Z5 is a full-frame DSLM that came out after the professional models Z6 and Z7. So you could classify them as representatives of the second generation of DSLM full-frame cameras. Although the Z5 is essentially a slimmed-down Z6, there are still small improvements such as a double memory card opening, which will especially please wedding and event photographers. In contrast to Nikon z6 and Z7 the Nikon Z5 "only" uses SD instead of XQD memory cards.

Both card openings adhere to the fast UHS-II standard with up to around 170 MB per second. However, this speed is only used in rare cases, because the Nikon Z5 takes a maximum of 24 photos per second with 4,5 megapixels. Only those who take pictures in the "RAW + JPEG F*" format will need the fast memory cards. If you record either "only" in RAW or "only" JPEG, you can usually save the additional costs for the UHS-II cards. In some cases, the camera appears to be UHS-IImemory card also not recognizable and then controls it like a UHS-I memory card with only approx. 60-75 MB/s.

The recommendations for the Nikon Z5

In contrast to the Z5 and Z6, the Nikon Z7 can handle normal SD cards. Event photographers will be pleased that it has two card slots and thus offers a certain amount of "backup" of the photographs. The ability to record 4K video with the Z5 ensures that you should only use fast SD cards if you don't want to have swallowed frames during the recordings. If you want the "freedom" to take photos in the "RAW + JPEG F *" format, you should use a UHS-II memory card - even if these are a little more expensive than the UHS-I cards.

Which storage capacity should I choose?

The capacity depends, of course, on what you plan to do with the camera. If you want to make a lot of films in one day, you will probably need more capacity than someone who just wants to snap a few photos on the afternoon stroll. Basically, I keep it that way that I always get cards in the range of 64 to 128 GB and then, if in doubt, I prefer to switch between them instead of using a huge card. This is usually cheaper and minimizes the risk of losing a lot of data if a large SD card is defective. With the Nikon Z5, the risk is low anyway, as you can insert two cards at the same time and the data can then be saved on both memory cards - if you so wish.

The Nikon Z5 has two card slots that can be equipped with SD cards (UHS-I or UHS-II) (Photo: Nikon).

The Nikon Z5 has two card slots that can be equipped with SD cards (UHS-I or UHS-II) (Photo: Nikon).

SanDisk SD cards for the Nikon Z6

My recommendation for SD cards has been the manufacturer SanDisk for years, because I haven't had a single failure. At SanDisk, the model series that is compatible with UHS-II is called "Extreme Pro". So here are my recommendations for the Z5:

UHS-II SD memory cards - the bestsellers with 128 GB

If you like to browse a bit in offers to get a bargain, you will find the current bestsellers from Amazon in the area "SD cards UHS-II".

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