XQD memory cards and card readers at a glance

The XQD memory card standard, introduced by Sony in 2011, was developed specifically to meet the demanding requirements of professionals. Thanks to its robust design and fast PCI data transfer, it outperforms conventional SD cards in many ways. These cards are ideal for use in professional digital cameras and camcorders, where they ensure reliable and fast storage of image series and now also 4K videos at 60 frames per second.

In this post you will find a selection of XQD memory cards and card readers that are compatible with both Apple Mac and Windows PC to transfer and secure your data efficiently.

Sony XQD memory cards have a special format, a robust construction and offer fast data exchange. Ideal for professional photographers, 4K video recordings and more. Product images: Sony / Amazon
Sony XQD memory cards have a special format, a robust construction and offer fast data exchange. Ideal for professional photographers, 4K video recordings and more. Product images: Sony / Amazon

XQD cards for the Nikon camera

The manufacturer Nikon in particular has professional digital cameras (single-lens reflex and mirrorless full-frame cameras) with XQD memory on offer. The first was the Nikon D2012 in 4. More recent models, which support regular XQD cards in addition to CFexpress memory cards, are the Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7, Nikon D4, Nikon D4S, Nikon D5, Nikon D850 and Nikon D500. If you have a full list of cameras that support XQD, please leave a comment; Unfortunately, I have not yet found such a merger. A video camera that supports the memory cards described would be the Sony 4K PXW-FS7 II.

An XQD card as storage for photos, videos and RAW files is used in the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. Image source: Nikon press office
An XQD card as storage for photos, videos and RAW files is used in the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. Image source: Nikon press office

Buy the G-Series XQD memory card

The memory cards of the current G series are recommended for modern cameras, the recording of 4K video and also for RAW photography. Sony offers memory card models with 440 Mbit / s read speed and 400 Mbit / s write speed. The different storage sizes are 32 GB, 64 GB, 120 GB or 128 GB and 240 GB or 256 GB. The fast data transfer is ensured by standards such as ExpressCard / 34 PCI Express Gen 2 and USB 3.1 Gen 1. You will find an overview of the cards and suitable reading devices with this search result list. I also have a list of individual models for you:

32GB memory card for pro cameras
A Sony XQD memory card with 32 GB capacity and values ​​up to 440MB / s read and 400 MB / s write speed. Backing up and transferring serial photos, large panoramas and 4K videos is no problem. Including free download of Sony data recovery software.
21,17 EUR
120GB memory card for pro cameras
This Sony XQD memory card with 120 GB capacity brings up to 440MB / s read and 400 MB / s write speed. Saving and retrieving serial images and 4K videos is no problem. Including download of free software for data recovery.
240GB memory card for pro cameras
The Sony XQD memory card with 240 GB capacity also has up to 440 MB / s read and 400 MB / s write speed. Saving and presenting series images, large-format photos and 4K videos is no problem. Including download of free software for data recovery from Sony.

XQD readers - card readers for USB-A and USB-C

Using an Amazon search to find a card reader that actually supports the card format described here is not that easy. The list includes many readers that “only” support SD cards, microSD or TF cards, MS and CF cards. The latter are so-called CompactFlash memories, which look similar but are not XQDs. In the following I have summarized three of the few successes of my search query:

1,20 EURBestseller no. 1
XQD SD Card Reader, Rocketek C Type XQD/SD Card Reader, Dual Slot, Memory Card Reader, Compatible...
  • 【Professional USB C XQD card reader】: The dual slot SD / XQD card reader adapter was specially designed for photographers ...
  • 【5 Gbps High-Speed ​​Transmission】: Rocketek XQD card saves time, with USB 3.0 technology, the maximum ...
  • 【Powerful compatibility】: XQD card reader perfectly supports reading and writing of Sony G system, ...
Bestseller no. 2
【Improved version】XQD SD card reader, USB C 2-in-1 memory card adapter, high speed 5 Gbit/s...
  • 【XQD & SD 2 in 1 Card Reader】Two different card slots - XQD and SD. Maximum capacity for XQD is 2...
  • 【 Type-C Super Speed ​​】 The special design with Type-C interface makes it possible to transfer the file from your cell phone and ...
  • 【Wide compatibility】Perfect support for the Sony G/M series USB Mark XQD cards, Lexar 2933x Lexar 1400x USB...
Bestseller no. 3
Cateck USB 3.0 XQD G and M Series Card Reader, Supports Sony G and M Series, Lexar 2933x / 1400x XQD ...
  • 【Designed for photographers】 Cateck XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 memory card reader is a professional and portable USB 3.0 ...
  • 【High data transfer speed】 Fast USB 3.0 technology, designed for a USB interface with up to ...
  • 【Universal Compatibility】For USB 3.0 connection, compatible with Windows / Mac OS systems. Terrific...

Download the Sony free data recovery software

On some of the product pages for XQD memory cards shown above, you can read about the free software that Sony provides in the event of data loss. One review was very negative because the customer did not find a link to the download location on the web for the card they bought. A little tip for everyone who doesn't know where to get the software either: ask Google. After a quick inquiry, you know that Sony has the Memory Card File Rescue Software on this page for download offering.

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Background information about the XQD format

XQD memory cards represent an innovative storage standard that was specifically developed to meet the needs of professional users in the field of digital photography and videography. Here the key data is summarized in bullet points:

  • Introductory year: 2011
  • Developer: Sony, in collaboration with leading technology companies
  • Interface: PCI Express, for high data transfer rates
  • Benefits:
    • High robustness against physical influences
    • Fast writing and reading speeds
    • Support for 4K video recording and high-speed burst shooting
  • target audience: Professional photographers and videographers
  • Features:
    • Superiority over standard SD cards in speed and reliability
    • Ideal for handling large amounts of data
  • Fields of application: Professional digital cameras and camcorders

These points underscore the importance of XQD cards as a powerful solution for demanding digital storage needs.

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