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Best Nikon 1 V1 SD Memory Card

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Nikon 1 V1 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Nikon V1 is able to use SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. Having fast write speeds is a crucial aspect for burst shooting and video.

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

If you’re in a rush, here’s the best card you can buy for the Nikon V1:

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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

SD cards are now significantly more affordable than at the time the camera was first made available.

Due to prices being affordable, it will not make sense to pay for anything besides a high-quality card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards have all been reliable for me. I have not encountered unusable data or a card physically fail with those cards.

Every trouble I have encountered has been due to no-name unbranded cards. Hoping to save around a dollar isn’t worthwhile if your V1 does not function properly.

If you want to spend less, purchase a lower capacity SD card from a quality company. By doing this, you will not have to be concerned about the photos stored on the memory card.

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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.

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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 V1 SD Card Compatibility

The memory cards compatible with the Nikon V1 are SDXC, SDHC, and SD. Check to make sure your camera is using the most up to date firmware.

The newest memory cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), will not be compatible with the V1.

You should know of the 4 types of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards that exist. SD memory cards can be identified based on their capactiy.

  • 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 fast approximation of how many large JPEGs shots you can expect to save on a SD memory card:

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

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

The speed rating of an SD memory card is dependant on the continuous write and read speeds. Memory card speed is essential for clearing the camera buffer for continuous shooting as well as recording video.

A slow SD card can cause a decrease in the number of continuous images the Nikon V1 can capture. This is due to the camera’s buffer not being able to write data to the SD card quickly enough.

When shooting video, a slow card can cause a sudden end to the recording. The video file might also be corrupted. If you are going to shoot video, it is important the card you use meets the minimum requirements of the V1.

Card read speed is important for file transfers to a computer or laptop. If you are filling up cards with images or video, a card with a fast read speed will cut down on the time it takes the transfer to complete.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

The sustained write speed of a card is what determines the Class rating. Cards that have a write speed of at least 10MB/s are rated as 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 name-brand SD card that you can buy will receive a Class 10 rating. To check the class rating of a memory card, look for a number inside of the C on the label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed bus (UHS) is often found in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. The UHS bus cards to have increased transfer rates.

There are 3 separate specs. The versions are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

To figure out the UHS rating of a memory card, look at the front of the card. If the card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III can be found on the front 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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