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Sony16GB XQD Memory Card
 
4.9

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (34)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Writes/reads fast (31)
  • Reliable (24)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Large capacity (15)
  • Great value (9)

Cons

  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Portable images/multimedia (11)
  • Storing images/multimedia (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (21), Semi pro (13), Enthusiast (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (22), Personal (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For speed freaks

I bought the XQD's for use in my Nikon D4 bodies which I use for African wildlife photography. The main reason was the increased write speed which should in theory allow the camera to...Read complete review

I bought the XQD's for use in my Nikon D4 bodies which I use for African wildlife photography. The main reason was the increased write speed which should in theory allow the camera to transfer its buffered images, thereby freeing up the buffer for more shots when the action is thick and fast. Unfortunately I have not seen enough action to properly test the limits of these cards, which is a good thing when talking about the combined card/buffer performance. My D4 takes 81 shots with 14-bit uncompressed NEF's before the shooting speed slows to below 10FPS (I haven't tested it up to a complete stop), and the buffer fully empties itself onto the card in 17.5 seconds. That gives you an incredible write speed of almost 5FPS onto the card - amazing! The 16Gb card can take an estimated 436 uncompressed 14-bit NEF's or about 80min of 1080p video. For another 50% speed increase Sony announced a new S-series XQD, but I'm very happy with my purchase. I found the cards were slightly sticky when removing them from both camera bodies, so it is not an individual card/body issue. This stickiness is not that annoying though. I will probably upgrade to a larger card though, especially if doing stills/video combination shooting.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Need think about it maybe better 32gb

i don't no why, but to me this card is to slow, then i copy pics to my pc, with camera works perfect.

i don't no why, but to me this card is to slow, then i copy pics to my pc, with camera works perfect.

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5.0

Lightening fast and reliable

By Olive

from Michigan

About Me Semi Pro

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Large Capacity
  • Reliable Performance
  • Writes/Reads fast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portable images/multimedia
    • Storing images/multimedia

    Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

    Use this with a D4 and you won't ever wait for write speed... lightening fast and reliable !!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Blazing Fast

    By Tim

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Value
    • Large Capacity
    • Reliable Performance
    • Writes/Reads fast

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

      Got a Nikon D4 and was disappointed that Nikon added a XQD slot versus 2 CF slots. Now I wish they put 2 XQD card slots in the D4.

      It is fast shooting and downloading.

      Smaller. I like smaller cards.

      No pins to bend, although I never bent a pin, yet, it's one less thing to worry about.

      It's the present and the future of cards for Pro DSLR cameras.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good Value XQD Card

      By mickklass

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Semi Pro

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Value
      • Reliable Performance
      • Writes/Reads fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portable images/multimedia

        Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

        This is the best value in XQD cards. While not the fastest, it is still faster than CF cards and reasonably priced. Too bad the higher capacity "H" class XQD's are no longer available.

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        5.0

        Great card

        By Lightlover

        from Perth, Australia

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Large Capacity
        • Reliable Performance
        • Transfer speed
        • Writes/Reads fast

        Cons

        • Cost
        • Limited Market Acceptance

        Best Uses

        • Diverse Shooting

        Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

        The XQD technology offers great speed and performance, and this card -- similar to the one that Nikon supplied with its D4s -- gives me all the capabilities I need, in spite of being at the lowest end of current XQD offerings with respect to size or speed.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Super Fast

        By WTG

        from Kent, WA

        About Me Semi Pro

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable Performance
        • Writes/Reads fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portable images/multimedia

          Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

          I use this card in my Nikon D4 and the rare occasions when I fill up the buffer the fast write speed gets me back into the game without missing a beat!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Thumbs up

          By Dustin

          from Cleveland

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Large Capacity
          • Reliable Performance
          • Writes/Reads fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portable images/multimedia

            Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

            Love this card. Fast, small and durable. Great new format and I hope the industry adopts it.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Solid and Fast

            By Bossman 1969

            from West Chester, PA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Large Capacity
            • Reliable Performance
            • Writes/Reads fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                This little card feels substantial and writes quickly. Scatching my head for the future of this format- only Nikon knows for sure.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great Card, Perfect for D4

                By Wedding Shooter

                from Oklahoma City, OK

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Value
                • Reliable Performance
                • Writes/Reads fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                    Strange format card, but is perfect in my D4. B&H has very reasonable price for such a fast card.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent especially at this price

                    By Littlepois

                    from Paris

                    About Me Semi Pro

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Value
                    • Writes/Reads fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portable images/multimedia

                      Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                      excellent

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great new memory card format!

                      By Kelvin Y Photo

                      from Toronto, Canada

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Value
                      • Large Capacity
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Writes/Reads fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                          The XQD cards are a great new memory card format. They are nicely built and feel solid in the hands. Love the way they click into and out of my Nikon D4. Transfer speeds are fast and they work out of the box, without fuss. Hope more cameras start to support this new format

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                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          works fine little faster than cd

                          By drjm photography

                          from Tampa

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                          With d4

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                          5.0

                          compact, value, rugged

                          By boghav

                          from warwick, ri

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Writes/Reads fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Camera Recording

                            Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                            unlike SD cards, the contacts are shielded inside

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Feels like quality

                            By Tish

                            from Toronto, ON

                            About Me Professional

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                            Pros

                            • Great Value
                            • Reliable Performance
                            • Writes/Reads fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Storing images/multimedia

                              Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                              I live in Canada. Up here they charge $200 for this. B&H had it on sale for $ and a free card reader. You guys are life savers, it arrived 2 days before a wedding gig i had! Great product, quick shipping, I can't be anymore satisfied.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              16GB XQD Memory Card

                              By eotwp

                              from Chagrin Falls, OH

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portable images/multimedia

                                  Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                  Fast and reliable.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  16GB XQD Memory Card

                                  By eotwp

                                  from Chagrin Falls

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                  Fast and reliable.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  D4 + XQD = KING !!!

                                  By Well1008

                                  from Union City, CA

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Writes/Reads fast

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                      Blazingly FAST....

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      Need think about it maybe better 32gb

                                      By ernis

                                      from ill

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                      i don't no why, but to me this card is to slow, then i copy pics to my pc, with camera works perfect.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      A way to go

                                      By Nikonman

                                      from Toronto

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Great Value
                                      • Reliable Performance
                                      • Writes/Reads fast

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portable images/multimedia

                                        Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                        I am a wildlife amateur photographer and this card is enough for a day of shooting. I prefer a small size memory cards for convenience, like using small bank notes is handier and safer than $100 bills. The electrical contact design, size and speed beat CF cards. The only problem is that you must have a separate card reader. I wish SONY could make a single reader for XQD and CF.

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                                        • Personal
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Nice card 4 D4

                                        By GabrielH

                                        from Chicago

                                        About Me Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Large Capacity
                                        • Reliable Performance
                                        • Writes/Reads fast

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                            I love the fact there are no more pins that could get damaged when inserting a card.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            A Speed Demon!

                                            By peterj

                                            from British Columbia, Canada

                                            About Me Semi Pro

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about Sony 16GB XQD Memory Card:

                                            Initially I questioned Nikon's wisdom in using two card formats for the D4. Having used this XQD card now I love its performance and have no regrets.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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