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:

16 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.

  4. Jon

    So, I just ordered a d7100. I was told by a rep that I needed the Digital Speed 16GB 700X Professional High Speed Error Free (SD) Memory Card Class 10. If not I’d have a camera that wouldn’t work.

    In other words, I just snookered into paying for a $99 SD card when I didn’t have to.

    Not happy!!!!!

    1. D7100 Admin Post author

      Hi Jon, sorry to hear about this unscrupulous sales tactic. I had not heard of this card, but after some research found it claims 120MB/s speed. That would be impossible given the bus speed of UHS-I is 104MB/s, and this card doesn’t even claim to support UHS-I. Perhaps they mean 120Mbps (megabits per second), which would be 15MB/s (megabytes per second) and would be more in line with a standard Class 10 SD card, the type which should cost around $10.

  5. Mw

    What about SD Sandisk 16gb Ultra 30mb/s ?
    I don’t use burst shot, 80% of my photos are landscapes, 20% portraits. :)

    1. D7100 Admin Post author

      It will work fine for that style of shooting. However there are times you might wish for a faster card, not for shooting, but for reviewing your images on the camera (to reduce lag) and when downloading to your computer. Then a faster card like the SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s might be worth the difference in price, depending on if those things matter to you.

  6. Ken

    Just reading you thoughts, I too am experiencing some lag time with my cards . so am i correct that i should get Sandisk Pro / Extreme/ or HD ? Class 10 / Or UHS-1 ? I shoot birds in flight & landscape

    1. D7100 Admin Post author

      SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I 95MB/s is the fastest SD card for the D7100. It is SD Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) although older cards are labeled UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and are just as fast. Speed class ratings are just minimum ratings and don’t tell you how fast a card is.

  7. mary MCCORMICK

    so will the d7100 handle this card Lexar Professional 600x 128GB SDXC UHS-I Flash Memory Card LSD128CRBNA600

  8. Wai

    Will D7100 work with the Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC LSD64GCRBNA10002 since its UHS-II? or is it a waste of money even if it works? better off getting 600x ? Thanks.


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