The Nikon D810 features one Secure Digital (SD) and one CompactFlash (CF) media card slots. The SD card slot supports SD, SDHC, SDXC type cards including UHS-I. The high speed transfer protocol (UHS-1) gives the best performance when using SD cards. The CompactFlash cards also allow read and write speeds exceeding those of SD cards, although the CF media is priced at a premium. When using an appropriate UHS-I high-speed SD card it is theoretically possible to attain up to 99 MB/second transfer rate, however in use actual write speeds are typically max out around 70 MB/second. The fastest CF cards (supporting UDMA-7) enable write speeds with the fastest Lexar 1000X CF card to attain near 100 MB/second write speed in the D810.
SD Cards: The best value in storage and speed. In the past SD cards were designated by a SD Class number, such as Class 10, Class 6 or Class 4 to classify the speed. The fastest cards were Class 10 (10 MB/s and above) and there is no SD Class past 10. Newer UHS cards now have a UHS Class number, currently UHS Class 1 (U1) or UHS Class 3 (U3). The U1 is 10MB/s minimum write speed. UHS Class 3 (U3) provide minimum 30MB/s. Many cards also quote specific read and/or write speeds but these are theoretical bests and not guaranteed. Perhaps the most important thing to look for in SD card is one quoted with fast write speeds and also UHS-I support. This newer technology allows up to 99MB/s speed transfer rate, although write speeds can be lower. You can find D810 fastest SD card speed tests here.
CF Cards: When performance really matters. The D810 uses Type I cards (3.3mm thick). Older Type II CF cards are not supported. The fastest cards supported are UDMA-7 CompactFlash which allows transfer rates up to 145 MB/second, however the fastest tested cards yield ~100MB/s write speed in the D810.
To attain the highest speed when reading from UDMA-7 CF cards, use USB 3.0 connections and devices. High speed cards 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.
Following is a list of recommended SD and CF cards approved and tested for the Nikon D810. While other brads and types of media cards may work, they are not tested or officially supported. For best performance choose one of the cards below.
Secure Digital (SD) Memory Cards
|SanDisk Extreme Pro||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB|
|Toshiba Exceria Type 1||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB|
|Panasonic Gold Series||16 GB, 32GB, 64 GB|
|Lexar Professional 600x||16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB|
SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards confirmed to work with the Nikon D810:
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD (Fastest measured 72MB/s write*)
SanDisk Extreme Plus (Measured 49 MB/s write*)
SanDisk Extreme (Measured 39 MB/s write*)
Lexar Professional 400x and 600x (measured 35-38MB/s write*)
* The D810 SD card write speeds are quoted from actual SD card testing. Tests performed by and published here with permission from Camera Memory Speed.
CompactFlash (CF) Memory Cards
The Nikon D810 supports UDMA-7 CompactFlash cards. The CF cards below are recommended and have been tested and approved to be used with the D810. Note: Only Type I cards fit in the D810. Type II CompactFlash and microdrives will not work.
|16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB|
|Extreme||SDCFX||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB|
|Extreme IV||SDCFX4||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16GB|
|Extreme III||SDCFX3||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16GB|
|Ultra II||SDCFH||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB|
|4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB|
|Lexar Media||Professional UDMA||1066 X||16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB|
|1000 X||16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB|
|800 X||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB|
|600 X||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB|
|400 X||8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB|
|300 X||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB|
|Professional||233 X||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB|
|133 X||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB|
|80 X||2 GB, 4 GB|
|Platinum II||200 X||4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB|
|80 X||2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16GB|
|60 X||4 GB|
WiFi The Nikon D810 allows for wireless image transfer using an SD card produced by Eye-Fi. When a compatible Eye-Fi card is inserted in the SD media slot, the D810 displays a status icon. To enable the card to transmit photos, enter the Setup Menu and select the upload option. Before you use the card, follow the directions from Eye-Fi to update to the newest firmware version for best compatibility and performance.
The following wireless SD cards are tested and approved for use in the Nikon D810: