Deal of the day: Sony 32GB – 256GB XQD G memory cards now up to $50 off

The Sony 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB XQD G memory cards are now up to $50 off at B&H. This deal will expire on May 14th.

Update: the Sony XQD M series cards are also on sale.

Some of the Sony XQD memory cards are also discounted at Adorama and Amazon.

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  • Eric Calabros

    With 64GB 400MB/s for only $90 who needs UHS-II SD?

    • Yes, I have the feeling XQD is going to be another Betamax. Of course Nikon is the only one that decided to use it… Even Sony did not use XQD in their beloved a9 (they however use XQD in some of their video cameras). Time will tell.

      • Eric Calabros

        Could be opposite of your feeling. The next new thing is CFexpress, and its more like XQD than anything else:
        “Size: 38.5 mm × 29.8 mm × 3.8 mm (same as XQD®); provide smaller enclosed package compared to other popular SSD form factors, with already established connectors (XQD®) market”.
        Sony decision to not use it is more likely about cutting cost. They even saved few cents with supporting only one UHS-II slot.

        • br0xibear


          “We have been told that CFexpress’s form factor is going to be identical to the XQD form factor.
          This is huge news for Nikon and Sony users who have already invested in
          XQD. Their cameras will be able to be ready for the future via a simple
          firmware update. With that, the cameras will be able to accept both XQD
          and CFexpress.”

        • CERO

          More like control. Sony was well known for using the Apple tactic of exclusive devices/cables/memories before even Apple started to push it everywhere.

      • sickheadache

        I know for a fact…Sony Presidents and their Mistresses read Photo Rumors…So..Dear Sony..Why not use a Tech that you created? What Gives? XQD rocks..and No Sony Photo Camera has this tech in it. Inquiring Minds need to know!

      • Proto

        I will be needing 2 for 1 deals on XQD when D820 comes out.

    • dabug91

      Yep, 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 300MB/s card on B&H: $120, laughable.

  • br0xibear

    A question for those in nikonrumors land…

    The D4 was the first stills camera to have a XQD slot in 2012. Five years later and no other camera manufacturer has gone with XQD (not even Sony on their A9), and Sony and Lexar are the only card manufacturers that make them.
    Why do you think this is ?
    (Yes, I know a few Sony video cameras use XQD).

    • the answer is very simple – stay away from everything Sony 🙂

      • Hans98Ko

        Totally agrees and that is why I never buy anything that uses their Memory Sticks. But this XQD was forced against me by Nikon using it in their D500. But still I only have 1 and only 1 when I need the speed and at other times I just use the SD slot. The question is how often one blast away at high speed? For me seldom, I plan and anticipate my shots all the time. 5 shots is all I need to avoid eye blink or freeze a particular motion like martial art competition with a round horse kick snapping the neck or aerial display with planes well aligned and in perfect formation.

        • I totally forgot about the memory stick 🙂

          • T.I.M

            You “forgot” about “memory” stick, sound like a T.I.M joke!

            • sickheadache

              The New D820/850 will have XQD..I am hoping for dual XQD..but Peter squashed those dreams of mine by saying SDll and XQD Slots.

            • T.I.M

              Dual XQD would have make more sense on the D500, you want to be a fast camera, get 2 XQD not SD+XQD.
              That’s Nikon, go figure.

            • sickheadache

              Yeah ur right..but the new 46-72mp D820…I need speed and space. Go Figure that out…lol

    • Maybe it’s a size thing? I’ve only seen photos but they look a little bigger than regular SD cards. Most of Sony’s cameras are pretty small.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Probably size, and also cheaper. XQD are physically twice as large as well as 47% faster. I find them much easier to handle than SD.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    My problem is, I don’t know if I need them yet or not (^_^).

    • T.I.M

      If you don’t know then you don’t need it.

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        I’m waiting for the D820/50 (^_^)

        • T.I.M

          Why do you want the D820, nothing much compared to the D800/D810, and it will probably use a new type of batteries, cards, grip, etc….
          I stick to my D800 and wait patiently for the 54MP D900.

          • ninpou_kobanashi

            What kinda question is that? Cameras are tools and everyone uses them differently.

            But, if you want to know;
            My D800 is a non E version
            My D800 does not do base ISO 64, down to 32
            My D800 does not do 1080@60 video
            My D800 does not have group AF
            My D800 has Expeed 3 vs 4
            My D800 does not do exposure ramping for time-lapses

            Besides, my D800 is 5 years old and beat to hell since I used it a lot.

            Notice, that MP is NOT on my list since I don’t care much about that.

            • T.I.M

              Then get a nice used D810 on Ebay for $1200

            • ninpou_kobanashi

              Depending on what features are available for the next D8xx, I may take your advice (not the eBay = cesspool part, but discounted / used).

  • I was thinking the same thing – maybe this was part of the sensor deal: we will let you use our 36MP sensor first but you have to push our XQD cards.

    • Hans J

      hahaha wow, I actually believe that… I don’t know why they just don’t keep the SD format and shape and make them faster. New style cares are never the answer.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Those words express a lack of understanding of cards and card performance standards.

        D500 (and hopefully D850) has a faster XQD card slot that will for the life of the camera be MUCH FASTER than the SD card slot in the same camera.

        • Hans J

          Make the SD cards faster. Done!

          • Allen_Wentz

            That statement is just silly. It would be like me saying make my large SUV have the gas mileage of a tiny sports car, “Done!”

            • Hans J

              Hmm why not do that? thats actually a GREAT idea Allen. So since the introduction of SD cards they have only ever been one speed. OPPS NOPE they have gotten faster and so just keep making them faster. the only thing getting slower here is you. DONE!

    • Bruno

      Sony only manufactures the sensors to Nikon’s
      Specifications so they are Nikon sensors not Sony.
      Making this deal not possible, also the mirrorless line
      Would have to be bigger to have XQD something which
      Isn’t a problem in their cinema line, that’s why the FS7
      Uses XQD

  • I am not sure I understand your point – XQD cards have been available for sale, freely, for years. Even Lexar makes them now. I find it very strange that Sony doesn’t support their own creation (they created XQD, right?) but then again, I am not surprised… I understand that Sony use XQD in video cams, but the a9 was the perfect candidate for XQD.

    • Hans98Ko

      I think I updated it to make it clearer.
      It is available for almost 5 years but not many outlets are stocking them because only D4, D4s and D5 are using them, and the demand is low compared to others like Micro SD and SD. Even CF sales has gone down and is starting difficult to get them.

      • Yes, I think this is is the same reason Sony decided not to use XQD in their cameras – nobody else uses them.

        • Spy Black

          Comical, don’t you think? Stranger than that however is to use a UHS-1 SD card as a secondary. If the card bus works as it does on a NIkon (I don’t really know), then the A9 suffers a worse case of throughput than a camera like the D500 when you put a second card in the card slot.

          • Allen_Wentz

            _ALL_ SD cards are slower than the best XQD. Even if Sony put a fat buffer that tolerates slow UHS-II SD into the A9, any SD card will forever be slower in workflow.

            Anyone here who has not moved large volumes of large image files (like we will see from the D850 under discussion) needs to try it before blathering.

            ** XQD is 47% faster than the fastest SD. **

  • I can’t wait until those 256GB cards come down in price!

    Everybody who complains about them has never owned a camera that uses them. The price isn’t bad, they’re sturdy, the right size, and bloody fast.

    • Chris

      There’re almost have the price of my first 512Mb (no typo) CF-card. 🙂

      • Ric of The LBC

        way cheaper than the 700mb hard drive I bought in 1995

      • T.I.M

        Yes, but MB bytes are larger than GB bytes so you get less noise, I only use MB cards when recording music.

      • Oh, I remember those days! First card I bought was a 256mb for my iPaq. Probably similar price per megabyte to yours card.

  • doge

    No reason to buy these now if you don’t already have one. They’re either a dying tech and will be dirt cheap within the year, or xqd slots will be prolific in the next gen cameras and equipment and they’ll be dirt cheap within a couple years.

    • Pippo

      Ok, how can protect this empty slot from dust&debris?

    • Allen_Wentz

      That is just dumb. If one needs fast storage today it makes no sense to tolerate slow workflow for years until prices fall.

  • T.I.M

    Does anyone have an active link for Nikon Rumors, I keep landing on this Sony rumors site whenever I look for NR!

    • Brent Rawlings

      Ha ha.

  • SteveWithAnS

    At least the 128gb versions no longer cost 2.3x what the 64gb versions cost…

  • Chris

    1 year warranty?

  • Willy Alfaro

    A dying tech. The Sony A9 takes a 20 fps burst, 200 shots buffer with SD cards. As someone already said, not even the Sony A9 came with these XQD cards.

    • Allen_Wentz

      1) XQD is about 47% faster than SD, which is very significant. XQD will no doubt be superseded by something some day, but it will NOT be SD during the life of 2017 camera firmware. XQD will remain faster than SD in a D500 or D850; calling XQD “dying tech” is flat wrong.

      2) This is a NIKON site, so what fat buffer an A9 may claim is irrelevant and may have nothing to do with the card anyway. FACT is in ANY workflow – including Sony A9 – XQD is about 47% faster. The larger the files the bigger the improvement of using XQD instead of lame SD.

  • Allen_Wentz

    C’mon you guys, 47% faster is HUGE. Nikon just wants best performance. SD sucks comparatively.

    Acting like Nikon “is forced” to use FAR SUPERIOR tech makes no sense.

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