Update: the new Sony XQD M-series memory cards are now shipping, currently in stock

A quick update on my last post - the new Sony XQD M-series memory cards are actually already shipping (thanks Ish). Here is the current pricing and availability:

The new XQD M series memory cards are designed to support the Nikon D5 and D500 cameras.


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  • Coastalconn

    Those write speeds seem kind of slow to be “designed” for the D500 and D5. 150 mb/s sec on the 128 and 64 and only 80 mb/s on the 32. Looks like you need the G series ( 350mb/s write) if you want to take full advantage of the buffer. Or even the Lexar 2000x SDxc UHS-II/U3 would perform better at 257 MB/S write speed..

    • PhilK

      Yes but this series addresses all the bitter complaints since the D4 came out that the XQDs are too expensive.

      And I’m sure it’s just fine for people who are not in the habit of jamming 10fps RAW blasts all the time, and still has some distinct advantages over CF.

  • D700s

    I just bought 3 of the new Lexar 2933 cards. 64GB Read/440mbs Write/400Mbs.

    • Eric Calabros

      But yours is $100 higher than this, right?

      • D700s

        Eric, Lexar are priced about the same as Sony and sometimes a few dollars cheaper when rebates are going. The Lexar 2933’s are a few dollars cheaper right now.

  • Allen_Wentz

    I have always used SanDisk Extreme because like pro Nikon bodies they have been bombproof under tough conditions. Maybe by the time the D500 delivers SanDisk will make an XQD card.

    • D700s

      I had a Lexar XQD card go through the washer in my pants pocket. Still works fine. I’ve never had an issue with Lexar. Matter of fact, all my cards are Lexar, SD/CF/XQD.

      • Allen_Wentz

        The last time I checked SanDisk Extreme specified below-freezing operation while Lexar did not. That matters to me because I shot a lot in freezing temps.

        • Henri De Vreese

          Both are stolid state and neither would have issues up to -40C. Your memorycards would be the last to fail. If your shutter works, don’t worry about the cards. Also a fan of the Sandisk extreme pro cards for the speed and water resistance though.

  • Ned Gerblansky

    Just an FYI for D4 owners: I bought a couple Sony G series 32 GB cards a couple months ago and they’re good for a few extra frames in RAW. Not nearly thr improvement as the D4s gets, but a few (5 – 15 depending on RAW settings) extra frames that you might have otherwise missed with slower cards like my previous Lexar 1333x speed cards.

  • Chandra Venkataramani

    Why are these “made for D5” when the G-series actually has twice the write speed than the M-series? What am I missing?

    • Reggie

      How fast can the memory controller in the D5 write to an XQD card?

    • The Other Steve

      The D5 has a bigger buffer so you won’t notice the slower speed?

  • Plus, You have the winning Sony customer service here too! I have two 64GB older Sony QXD cards that failed with my D4s, and never ever have been so taken for a ride like the good people from Sony. They should be under warranty and exchangeable but don’t fool yourselves, they don’t have the infrastructure in place yet. So no, Thanks, will stick with Lexar (I only have problems once) and in 15minutes I was actually talking to a real person and got a new card in the mail in a week.

  • Beso

    A Nikon national trainer stated one of the reasons Nikon went with XQD cards was speed. It makes no sense to promote an XQD card that has no more speed than a CFast card. The other stated reasons were reliability, durability, forward and backward compatibility, and adopted standard. Apparently, based on the trainer’s comment, CFast 1 and 2 are incompatible and there is no adopted standard. I do not know if this is true but if Nikon’s D5 speed performance (200 RAW images before buffer is filled) is dependent on the Sony G series, which has a write speed of 350 MB/s, it makes no sense to promote the “cheap” alternative.

  • KnightPhoto

    BTW don’t buy the 32Gb Sony M-series XQD as it is only ½ the write speed of the 64 and 128GB (80mbps vs. 150mbps) per Sony XQD site here:

  • Tony Edwards

    150mb write? my CF card does 160mb I guess they are cheap and fit in the slot but the G Series XQD’s does 350mb write speed

  • CERO

    Question, for recording 4k at full specs on the D500.. What speeds are the minimum?
    I dont think normal SD cards can handle real and constant 100MPS+ right now, right?

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