Best Memory Cards for Nikon Z6 II

Two years after the introduction of their first mirrorless cameras, Nikon decided to update its lineup. In terms of design, Nikon Z6 II actually looks very similar when compared to its older brother. It also shares the same 24MP sensor but it comes with many new features.

The camera now sports dual processors, which equals better continuous shooting speeds and buffer performance. Not only that, but the new camera will also be able to shoot 4K video at 60 fps (coming in early 2021 via a firmware update). Other improvements include better AF system (especially in low-light conditions) and a second memory card slot. Having said that, let’s check out the best memory cards for Nikon Z6 II.

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Best Memory Cards for Nikon Z6 Mark II

The Z6 II is much better in terms of memory card options than the original model. When Z6 came out, your only option were XQD cards but this isn’t the case anymore. Nikon Z6 has two card slots. One supports really fast CFexpress Type B memory cards (and slightly older but still fast XQD cards), while the other one supports standard UHS-II SD cards.

Ideally, you would want to own at least one CFexpress memory card and one UHS-II SD card. Honestly, we’d avoid XQD cards as CFexpress is a much newer and faster option. Of course, if you want to save some money, you can also use only one card option but then you won’t be able to shoot to two cards simultaneously. Some people don’t backup their files in camera and if you’re one of them, you can save quite a bit of money by going with just UHS-II cards instead. Here are the best CFexpress memory cards and SD cards for Nikon Z6 II.

CFexpress Type B Memory Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
Sony TOUGH CFexpress Memory Card Type B 256 GB Up to 1480 MB/s Up to 1700 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Type B 256 GB Up to 1200 MB/s Up to 1700 MB/s
UHS-II Cards:
MEMORY CARD WRITE SPEED READ SPEED GET CARD
Sony Tough-G Series SDXC 128GB UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 299 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
Lexar Professional 2000X 128GB SDXC UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 260 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s
ProGrade Digital 128GB UHS-II U3 V90 Up to 250 MB/s Up to 300 MB/s

Recommended Memory Cards for Video on Nikon Z6 II

Nikon Z6 II is a pretty good camera for video, especially with that 4K at 60 fps update just around the corner. This mode will definitely be more demanding than 4K video recording at 30 fps on this camera, which uses a 144 Mbit/s (18 MB/s) codec. When details are out, we’ll update this article. That being said, all current codecs are easily handled even by slower UHS-I cards and CFexpress/UHS-II cards are much faster!

Conclusion

Nikon Z6 II is a pretty solid full-frame mirrorless camera. Sure, Nikon has a long way to go before it catches up with Sony in terms of lenses, but the camera itself is quite good considering its price. Anyway, we hope this guide helped you find the right memory card for your Nikon Z6 II.

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