Best Nikon D50 SD Memory Cards

´╗┐The Nikon D50 uses SD memory cards. The largest capacity SD card that is compatible with the D50 is 2GB. MultiMediaCards (MMC) can also be used.

SD memory cards labeled as SDUC, SDXC, or SDHC will not work properly in the D50. These cards will be 4GB or larger, so they are easy to avoid.

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The best Nikon D50 SD memory cards
Transcent 2GB Card
  • Best value for the money.
  • Available new.
  • You don’t really have a choice.
  • Built-in error-correcting code to detect and correct transfer errors.
  • Meets the Secure Digital Card interface standard.
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Memory Card for Nikon D50
SanDisk 2GB Card
  • High-quality memory card.
  • Class 2 speed rating.
  • Write protection lock.
  • Shock rating of 2,000 G’s, equivalent to a 10-foot drop.
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Transcend and SanDisk both make good quality memory cards. Low-priced no-name brand names should be avoided.

Memory card issues, including a loss of all your photographs resulting from data corruption, is more inclined to occur with bargain-priced cards. The reduction in quality is not worth the minor savings.

Get a reduced capacity memory card in case you want to save a little money. They commonly are a bit lower in price and you won’t need to worry about the SD card having data failure.

Keep in mind, SD card failures are rare. Over the years, I have only experienced a couple of cards become corrupted. Both of the memory cards were used third-party cards that were included with the purchase of previously owned DSLRs.

The Nikon D50 uses SD memory cards. There are four separate specifications of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The benefit is that there is an boost in the max storage capacity and transfer speeds with the release of each updated technical spec.

Secure Digital memory card readers are backward compatible. A card reader built into a digital camera that can use SDXC cards will also be able to use SDHC and SD memory cards.

The Nikon D50’s card reader will only work with the first SD card technical spec. SDHC, SDXC, or SDUC memory card cards will not function correctly.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - These memory cards have a maximum capacity of 2GB and are compatible with the D50.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4GB to 32GB.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 64GB to 2TiB.
  • Secure Digital Ultra Capacity (SDUC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4TiB to 128TiB.
SD memory card contacts
SD card contacts

Attempting to use a SD memory card that is 4GB or larger in size in the D50 will result in the digital camera to display an error message.

Use a memory card that has a storage capacity of 2GB or less to fix the problem.

If you have a SD memory card that has a storage capacity less than 2GB, and the card is not working, try to format the memory card in the camera.

This is an estimation of how many large JPEGs you can expect to store on an SD card.

  • 512MB - 240 images
  • 1GB - 480 images
  • 2GB - 960 images

The speed rating for SD cards is established by sequential read and write speeds. The speed of the memory card is important in the event that many photos need to be written to the memory card.

SD Memory Card Speed Class
SD Card Speed Class

The Class speed rating of an SD memory card is determined by the sustained write speed of the SD memory card. A Class speed rating of 2 means that the memory card can sustain a write speed of a minimum of 2MB per second.

  • Class 2 - 2MB/s
  • Class 4 - 4MB/s
  • Class 6 - 6MB/s
  • Class 8 - 8MB/s
  • Class 10 - 10MB/s

The top rating a card can be given is Class 10. There are cards that are substantially faster than 10MB/s. Those SD cards use other solutions, such as UHS (Ultra Highspeed Bus), which have a different rating criteria.

Sustained write speeds of 2MB, 4MB, 6MB, or 8MB per second means the card has a speed class of 2, 4, 6, or 8. Cards that have write speeds of 10MB/s or faster are rated as Class 10.