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Best Nikon 1 S1 SD Memory Card

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Nikon 1 S1 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Nikon S1 may use SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. Having fast write speeds is an essential factor for burst shooting and video.

You can spoil the overall performance of your camera by using the wrong SD card.

If you are in a hurry, here’s the best SD memory card you can buy for the Nikon S1:

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

Best SD Cards

Like all things tech, the price level of memory cards has greatly fallen since the release of the Nikon S1.

Due to costs being low, it does not make financial sense to choose anything besides a pro-level SD card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards are excellent. I have not encountered a card become inoperable or corrupted data with any of those SD cards.

All the problems I have encountered has been due to generic unbranded SD cards. Hoping to save around a buck isn’t worth it if your S1 is going to experience complications.

To spend less, pick a lower capacity memory card from a high-quality supplier. By making that choice, you’ll not have to be anxious about the shots stored on the card.

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
Check prices on: Amazon
  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

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PNY Elite-X 128GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Good for burst shooting photos and recording 4K video.
  • Larger capacity cards are available.
  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Card
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  • Comparatively expensive for faster read speeds.
  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Only makes sense for professional use or if you need the largest storage capacity available.
  • Temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and X-ray-proof.

Nikon S1 SD Card Compatibility

The memory cards that can be used with with the Nikon S1 are SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Check to make sure that you have the current firmware installed on your camera for the best functionality.

The newest SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) cards, are not able to be used with the S1.

You should know the 4 types of Secure Digital (SD) cards that are available for purchase. You can identify the cards according to their size.

  • SD (Secure Digital) - 128MB to 2GB.
  • SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) - 4GB to 32GB.
  • SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) - 64GB to 2TB.
  • SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) - 4TB to 128TB.

Image Capacity

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SD Card Contacts

Here’s a quick approximation of how many large JPEGs pictures you should expect to fit on a memory card:

  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images
  • 64GB - 18,560 images
  • 128GB - 37,120 images

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

Speed ratings of an SD card is classified by the continuous write and read speeds. The transfer speed of a SD memory card is critical for video as well as continuous shooting.

Slows memory cards can reduce the number of continuous frames the Nikon S1 can capture. This is because the buffer in the camera is not able to write data to the card quickly enough.

With video, a slow card can cause recording to stop. The video file may also be corrupted. If you are going to shoot video, it is essential the card you use meets the required write speed for video.

Read speed is important for transferring files to a computer or laptop. If you are filling up cards with images or video, a memory card with a fast transfer speed will save you time.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

A memory card receives a Class rating determined by its continuous write speed. Cards that have a minimum write speed of at least 10MB/s will be labeled Class 10.

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

Every brand-name card that you can buy online will receive a Class 10 rating. To determine the class rating of a SD card, look for a number inside of a C on the front.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed bus (UHS) can often be found in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. UHS makes it possible for increased file transfer rates.

There are three different specs. They are called UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

Look at the front of the memory card to determine the UHS rating of a memory card. If there is a Roman numeral I, II, or III on the front of the memory card, that is the rating of the memory card.

  • UHS-I - Maximum transfer rate of 104 MB/s
  • UHS-II - Maximum transfer rate of 312 MB/s
  • UHS-III - Maximum transfer rate of 624 MB/s

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