Nikon D5000 Memory Card Compatibility & Recommendations

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: August 5, 2019
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Nikon SD Memory Cards Compatibility

This page will explain which SD cards are compatible with the Nikon D5000.

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

A 16 GB or 32 GB card will be enough storage for photos.

64GB cards or larger are not compatible with the camera.

For more information on the camera, check the Nikon D5000 Resources page.

Best D5000 SD Cards

High quality manufactures of memory cards for the Nikon D5000 include SanDisk, Lexar, and PNY. My favorite brand for SD cards is SanDisk.

I have never had a SanDisk card fail or become corrupted. Lexar Professional and PNY Elite Performance cards have also worked well for me.

The few times I have run into problems with an SD card, was when they were from cheap or generic brands.

Trying to save a buck on a cheap card might result in losing all your photos on it in the future.

If you want to save money, buy a high-quality card, with a smaller capacity. That way you won't have to worry about losing photos taken with your D5000.

SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card

  • Best value for the money.
  • Capacities from 16 GB to 128 GB.
  • Transfer speeds up to 80 MB/s.
  • Class 10.
  • UHS-I

Lexar Professional 633X 32GB SDHC UHS-I Card

  • High speed card.
  • Capacities from 16 GB to 1 TB.
  • Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
  • Class 10.
  • UHS-I/UHS-III.

PNY Elite Performance 32 GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 UHS-I

  • High quality card.
  • Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
  • Class 10.
  • UHS-I.

Nikon D5000 SD Card Compatibility

The D5000 uses SD memory cards. Secure Digital (SD) cards come in 3 different formats, with each newer format supporting higher storage capacities. They are all forward and backward compatible with each other.

  • 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 D5000 cannot use these cards as they are 64GB or larger.

Nikon D5000 Memory Card Full

Using a memory card that is larger than 32GB will cause the Nikon D5000 to say that the card is full.

In order to fix that problem, you need to use a SD card with a smaller capacity.

If you are having issues with a card that is 32GB or smaller, try formatting the card in the D5000.

Image Capacity

Below is an approximate estimation of how many large JPEG images you can expect to store on each size of SD card.

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

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

SD Card Speed

SD card speed is rated by sequential read and/or write speed. Sequential performance is important when large amounts of data needs to be written or read from the card. Cards that are slow will have difficulty handling continuous shooting and recording video.

Speed Class Rating

Example of where to find SD Card Speed Class
10 inside of a C showing that the card is Class 10.

Speed Class ratings of 2, 4, 6, and mean a card is able to sustain a 2MB, 4MB, 6MB, or 8MB sustained write speed. Class 10 is for cards that have a minimum write speed of 10MB/s.

Almost all SD cards that have been made in the last few years will have a class 10 rating. You can tell what class a card is by looking at the number inside a 'C' on the label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

Example of an SD memory card with a UHS-I rating.
This card has a UHS-I rating. UHS-II and UHS-III cards will have II or III, respectively.

The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus is a feature that allows for faster data transfer. There are 3 different standards, UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III, that can be found on some SDHC and SDXC cards.

You can tell the UHS rating of a card by looking for a I, II, or III next to the SD logo. Or there will be a 1, 2, or 3 inside of a U, similar to how the class rating looks.

Maximum transfer rates for the standards are:

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

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