Recommended SD Media Cards for Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 features two Secure Digital (SD) card slots. In these slots you can use SD, SDHC, SDXC media types. The D7100 supports high speed transfer protocol UHS-1 (also labeled UHS-I). When using an appropriate high-speed card, the D7100 is capable of up to 99 MB/second transfer rate.

SD cards are rated by speed and given a Class number, such as Class 10, Class 6 or Class 4. Higher the class numbers are capable of higher write and read throughput. In order to record HD video or shoot bursts of photos, you should use the highest speed card available. Using a Class 10 UHS-1 card will improve burst shooting by reducing write time. Using high speed cards will also reduce the amount of time it takes to download from the card to your computer.

Below is a list of SD cards that have been tested and approved to use in the Nikon D7100. Other cards may work, but have not been tested. To assure maximum compatibility, please use one of the following cards.

Nikon D7100 Recommended SD cards:

Manufacturer SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
SanDisk 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Lexar Media Professional 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Toshiba 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Panasonic 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

The Nikon D7100 supports wireless SD cards produced by Eye-Fi. When you insert a compatible Eye-Fi card into an available SD card slot, the D7100 will display an icon to show the status of the Eye-Fi card. To enable the upload option, press the Menu button and select Setup Menu. Before you first use the card, follow the directions provided by Eye-Fi to update the card firmware to the newest version. This will assure maximum performance.

The following Eye-Fi cards have been approved for use in the Nikon D7100:

5 thoughts on “Recommended SD Media Cards for Nikon D7100

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  2. George Buggs

    Two questions:

    1. Can I insert a sdHc 32 GB card in slot one and a 64GB sdXc in the other slot in my Nikon d7100 and read to both simultaneously? Both cards are 30 mbps.

  3. Bryan

    There is now a SanDisk Extreme PRO that is listed at 280MB/s. Can the D7100 support that speed or does it cap out at 95MB/s?

    1. D7100 Admin Post author

      The Extreme Pro 280MB/s card requires UHS-II for maximum speed. The D7100 does not support UHS-II. The SanDisk card is backwards compatible but will operate only up to 50MB/s in UHS-I mode (that particular card does not support the faster UHS-I variant SDR104). For maximum speed you would be better off with the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I card.


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