Best Nikon D50 Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: November 16, 2019
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Best Nikon D50 Memory Cards Compatibility

The Nikon D50 uses SD memory cards. However, not all of them are compatible with the camera.

Only SD cards can be used in the D50. These cards are limited to 2GB in size or smaller. 4GB or larger cards will not work.

Newer SDHC or SDXC cards will not work. They are cards that are 4GB or larger. If you need a lens for your camera check out the best Nikon D50 lenses.

If you're in a hurry my here's my recommendation:

Transcend 2GB SD Memory Card

  • Support auto-standby, power-off, and sleep modes.
  • Built-in error-correcting code to detect and correct transfer errors.
  • Conforms to Secure Digital Card interface standard.

Best SD Cards

SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY all make high-quality memory cards. My favorites are SanDisk Extreme Pro cards, but Ultra, Professional, and Elite Performance cards are also good.

Buying the highest tier card offered by the manufacturer does not add much to the cost of the card. In return, you'll be much less likely to have a card fail or your data corrupted.

The few problems I've had with SD cards, was when they were generic cards. Being cheap with a memory card invites future problems that could ruin all the data on the card.

Don't buy cheap cards to save money. Instead, just buy a smaller capacity high-quality card.

SanDisk 2GB Class 2 SD Memory Card

  • Best value for the money.
  • Class 2 speed rating.
  • Write protection lock.
  • Shock rating of 2,000 G's, equivalent to a 10-foot drop.

Transcend 2GB SD Memory Card

  • Support auto-standby, power-off, and sleep modes.
  • Built-in error-correcting code to detect and correct transfer errors.
  • Conforms to Secure Digital Card interface standard.

Nikon D50 SD Card Compatibility

The D50 uses SD memory cards. Secure Digital (SD) cards come in 3 different specifications. Each new memory card specification increased the maximum storage capacity of the cards.

In order to use the newer standards, the card reader in the camera needs to be compatible. The card reader in the Nikon D50 is not compatible with SDHC or SDXC memory card cards.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - Up to 2GB cards will work.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - 4GB up to 32GB cards will not work.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - The D50 is not compatible with these cards. They are 64GB or larger.

Nikon D50 Memory Card Full Error

Using a memory card that is larger than 2GB in the D50 will cause an error. The camera will show that the card is full.

To fix the problem, you need to use an SD card with a capacity of 4GB or smaller.

If you are having issues with a card that is 2GB or smaller, try formatting the card in the camera.

Image Capacity

Below is an estimation of how many large JPEGs you can fit on each card capacity:

  • 4GB - 1,160 images
  • 8GB - 2,320 images
  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

Speed ratings for SD cards are determined by sequential read and/or write speeds. The speed of the card is important when many images need to be written or read from the card.

Speed Class Rating

Example of where to find SD Card Speed Class
The 10 inside of the C means the card is Class 10.

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.

Every brand name SD card that you can find for sale today will have a Class 10 rating. You can double-check by looking for a number inside of a C on the label of the card.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

Example of an SD memory card with a UHS-I rating.
The UHS rating of a card can be determined by a Roman numeral I, II, or III on the label of the card.

The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus allows for faster data transfer. Like the speed rating, there are different standards. Ratings of UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III, can be found on SDHC and SDXC cards.

To figure out the rating of a card, look at the label. If there is a Roman numeral I, II, or III, that is the UHS rating of your card. The Roman numerals should be close to the SD logo on the label.

Maximum transfer rates are:

  • UHS-I - 104 MB/s
  • UHS-II - 312 MB/s
  • UHS-III - 624 MB/s
  • UHS-I - 104 MB/s
  • UHS-II - 312 MB/s
  • UHS-III - 624 MB/s

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