Best Memory Cards for Nikon Z7 II

Two years after Nikon introduced its top of the line mirrorless camera (the Z7), the company released a new version. Although it is very similar in terms of looks and it shares the same excellent 47MP sensor, the Z7 II has many improvements under the hood.

The new camera has dual processors, making it faster but also allowing you to shoot 4K video at 60 fps. Continuous shooting speed and the camera’s buffer have also been improved. Finally, the Z7 II received a second memory card slot, which is more than welcome. With that in mind, let’s check out the best memory cards for Nikon Z7 II.

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Best Memory Cards for Nikon Z7 Mark II

The Z7 was (and still is) and excellent camera, but many people wished it had a second card slot. Nikon decided to address this with the Z7 II and the camera now features two cards slots, which aren’t identical. The first slot supports super fast CFexpress Type B cards as well as somewhat slower XQD memory cards (it’s an older standard). The second slot supports UHS-II SD memory cards.

Ideally, you want to get at least one CFexpress and one UHS-II memory card for this camera. This allows you to backup files or write photos only to the faster CFexpress card and videos to the UHS-II card, for example. Of course, you can also opt to save money and go with UHS-II cards only but that restricts you to a single card slot. Without further ado, here are the best CFexpress memory cards and SD cards for Nikon Z7 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 Z7 II

The Z7 II is an amazing camera for photography thanks to its 47MP sensor, but it’s also quite a good option for video shooting as well. You can record 4K videos at up to 60 fps and 1080p videos at up to 120 fps. The highest demanding codec requires data stream of 144 Mbit/s or 18 MB/s, which means that any memory card listed above will be able to handle it with ease.

Conclusion

Nikon Z7 II is not an affordable camera but it definitely offers a lot of value. We hope this guide helped you find the right memory card for your Nikon Z7 II.

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