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Best Memory Cards for Nikon D5300


The Nikon D5300 has a single SDHC/SDXC memory card slot and it’s recommended that you use a fast memory card to experience no delay in burst mode, videos or just general shooting. It features a 24 megapixel sensor with 5fps burst mode and Full HD video, and has an average JPEG size of 12 MB, and 24 MB for RAW.

Our favorite memory card is the SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB. It’s super fast (95MB/s) and affordable, plus SanDisk is the most reliable memory card company out there.

The D5300 can reach a maximum writing speed of 50MB, so even if you buy a faster memory card the camera won’t be able to write any faster. However, you will see a difference in transferring the images to your PC, where a faster card (with USB 3.0) is always a big time saver.

Best memory cards for Nikon D5300:

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Our top pick: The fastest card tested with the Nikon D5300 is SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB (95MB/s). It’s cheap, super fast and excellent for bursts, RAW shooting and videos. The 32GB version costs $21, but if you’re also into videos and often travel, the 64GB may be a better deal as it’s cheaper than buying two separate 32GB models.

You can buy it at Amazon or see more reviews here.


The Lexar Professional 633x 32GB U3 also comes with Image Rescue 5 software (review here). Both memory card brands are fast and reliable, but the included software will save you from headaches if you accidentally delete your shots (it happens to all of us).

You can buy it at Amazon or see more reviews here.


Transcend is another popular brand with more reviews on Amazon than most cards, and their Transcend 16GB UHS-I card is the cheapest option if you don’t shoot hundreds of images weekly, as you can store a little bit over 1,500 shots on it.

You can buy it at Amazon or see more reviews here.

If you’ve found any other card, make sure it’s from a good brand like Lexar, SanDisk, Transcend or Toshiba, and that the speed is over 45MB/s (UHS-I type best as you can use it in newer cameras too).

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