Recommended Memory Card for Nikon D5100

Get to know the recommended memory cards for Nikon D5100. Learn its storage capacity, class rating, compatible cards and tips on how choosing cards based on your photography needs (normal, video or sports). The Nikon D5100 support following types: SD,SDHC,SDXC

3-inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
In-camera Special Effects Mode
In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Stunning Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus
High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
Support SD,SDHC,SDXC memory card

Photos Capacity (number of shots)

 Memory Card Size
Image Quality2 GB4 GB8 GB16 GB32 GB64 GB
RAW12224448897619513902
Fine JPEG2825631127225445079014

How many photos can your card hold? The higher the number of megapixels/camera's resolution the larger the image file, and hence the smaller the number of files you can store.

Video Capacity (duration)

 Memory Card Size
Video Mode2 GB4 GB8 GB16 GB32 GB64 GB
1920x1080,30p 13m 26m 53m 1h 46m 3h 33m 7h 6m
1280x720,30p 24m 48m 1h 36m 3h 13m 6h 27m 12h 55m

How long can your card record video? That depends on video resolution (SD,HD or Full HD) and video bitrate.

1h 20m = video duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes

General Choosing Tips

  • Choose memory card based on your capacity need (see table above)
  • If you're shooting videos alot, choose memory card with higher class rating. Class 2 is suitable for SD format, while Class 4 and Class 6 can record HD video. Class 10 is the ultimate
  • If you're shooting hi-res RAW photos, you'll need a quick card to take more than two or three shots at a time. Choose fast cards to smooth the process. Recommended minimum Class 6
  • Pick known brand. They're slighly more expensive, but also more reliable. Lexar and SanDisk are recommended.
  • Get a second memory card as backup. You'll never know what gonna happen on the field
  • and makes sure the card is compatible with your camera :)

Recommendations:

For Daily Usage For normal usage, balance combination between taking photos and video recording.
For Video Recording Recording videos required fast card and also enough storage capacity.
For Actions (sport, burst) Professional cards that deliver high speed performance and reability.

Supported Cards

The Nikon D5100 supports the following memory card type. Click to browse available cards:

SD card
SDHC card
SDXC card