Best Nikon D60 Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 21, 2019
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Best Nikon D60 Memory Card

The Nikon D60 has a card slot that can use SD memory cards. The camera can work with SD memory cards up to a maximum of 32GB in size.

Attempting to use an SD card that has a capacity of 64GB or larger will cause the Nikon D60 to display an error code. You will be required to get more SD memory cards if you want increased storage. The primary specs to look at should be the read and write speeds the SD card is capable of.

Faster read speeds can cut down on the time necessary to copy images, especially if your Nikon D60 gets often used. A feature that is nice to have is UHS-I as it enables faster transfer speeds with an UHS-I memory card reader.

To make sure the SD card will work with as many cameras in the future as possible, get a top level SD memory card. You do not want to end up with a camera upgrade requiring you to purchase a new SD card that has fast enough write speeds for shooting 4k video.

Do you own the right focal length lens for the kinds of photography you are going to do? Take a look at the best lenses for the Nikon D60.

Here is my recommendation for the best SD memory card for the Nikon D60:

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB

  • Best SD card available
  • Largest compatible storage capacity.
  • Read speeds of up to 95MB/s.
  • Write speeds of up to 90MB/s.
  • Shock-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray proof.

Best SD Cards

SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY are the brands that produce the best SD cards. The best memory cards I have used have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards.

That does not mean you need to buy a card from SanDisk. Just make sure the name sounds impressive.

I have not had problems with the Lexar Professional or PNY Elite Performance cards I have used.

The problems I have encountered with SD cards have been with cheap generic brands. Being cheap increases the possibility of corrupted data or card failure.

If you want to save money, don't buy a cheap card. You will be better off buying a high-quality memory card with a smaller capacity.

Recommended SD Cards

Lexar 633x 23GB UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

Lexar Professional 633X 32GB

  • High-speed, Class 10 performance.
  • UHS-I technology for a read transfer speeds up to 633x (95MB/s).
  • High-speed file transfer from card to computer to dramatically accelerate workflow.

The Lexar Professional will have comparable performance to the SanDisk Extreme Pro card when used in the Nikon D60. The only difference is that the Lexar card has a slower write speed.

There can be a big difference in price between the Lexar and SanDisk cards. I wouldn't pay more for the Lexar, but also would have no problem choosing it if it was substantially cheaper.

SanDisk Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Ultra 32GB

  • Good value to save some money.
  • Quick transfer read up to 80MB/s.
  • Class 10 rating for Full HD video (1080p).
  • Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray Proof, magnet-Proof, and shockproof.

The SanDisk Ultra is a step down from the Extreme Pro in terms of performance. That also comes with a small decrease in price.

You won't notice a difference in performance unless you need to write large amounts of data to the card. Not the best choice if you plan to use the card to record 4k video in the future.

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB

  • Read speeds of up to 95MB/s; write speeds of up to 90MB/s.
  • Shock-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray proof.

Memory Card Reader

UGreen 4-in-1 Card Reader
There's a bright blue LED that bothered me. It is now covered in gaff tape.

The UGreen 4-in-1 memory card reader works with four common memory card formats. These include all memory cart formats camera manufacturers implement in all but the newest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN memory card reader has a USB 3.0 connection. The card reader's USB 3.0 transfer speeds will be faster transfer speeds than what the Nikon D60 can achieve using the USB transfer mode.

There are plenty of favorable customer reviews for the UGREEN card reader, which I agree with. I would recommend it because the card reader has been compatible with all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have tried it with.

The cable stops memory card slots from interfering with other accessories or devices that are being used in a nearby port.

When I searched for a card reader that would be used while traveling, I needed to go through the return process with several orders. I came across the most frequent problem mentioned in customer reviews, the memory card readers would not work with my computer.

The UGREEN reader can be used with the memory card formats below:

  • CompactFlash Cards
  • SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards (UHS-I supported)
  • Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
  • MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards

Nikon D60 SD Card Compatibility

For a memory card to be compatible with the Nikon D60, it needs to conform to the SD or SDHC standard.

Secure Digital (SD) memory cards come in 3 specifications. Each new memory card spec increases the maximum storage capacity and transfer speeds of the card.

SD cards are backward compatible. However, older cameras like the Nikon D60 do not have the hardware to deal with the large memory sizes found on SDXC cards.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - Up to 2GB cards will work.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - Up to 32GB cards will work.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - The D60 cannot use these cards as they are 64GB or larger.

Nikon D60 Memory Card Full Error

Using a 64GB or larger memory card in the D60 will cause an error. The card will appear to be full. Formatting the card will not solve the problem.

In order to fix the problem, you will need to use a card that is 32GB or smaller.

If you are experiencing problems with a card that is 32GB or smaller, try formatting the card when it is in the camera.

Image Capacity

Image quality options on the Nikon D60 will influence the number of image files that can be stored at once. Higher image quality options will give you bigger image sizes.

If you're intending to shoot a bunch of RAW files, getting a card with a larger storage capacity can be smart.

If you shoot JPEGs, you would be much better off investing in another battery instead of a bigger SD card. An SD card with 32GB of capacity should have ample room for days worth of images that would need the batteries to be recharged several times.

The controlling part to the number of pictures you can capture will be your camera batteries. Remember that, any time the Nikon D60 is powered on, even if you are just scrolling through menu settings or using the live view, that will still lower the battery life.

For low light settings, like at night or indoors, the flash built-in to the camera can be useful. Without the flash, shutter speeds will not be fast enough to avoid motion blur. Working with the built-in flash is going to rapidly deplete the camera batteries. These conditions are when you'll need to own at the very least two Nikon EN-EL9a rechargeable batteries for the Nikon D60.

The following is an approximation of the quantity of high-quality JPG images you will be able to save on an SD card for the listed storage size:

  • 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 an 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 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

Now that you know why the SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB is the best Nikon D60 memory card, you'll be able to pick out the best SD card for any future camera.

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