Pentax K200D Memory Card Compatibility

The Pentax K200D requires SD memory cards. The biggest capacity SD card that will work in the K200D is 32GB.

SD memory cards labeled as SDXC or SDUC are not going to function correctly in the K200D. These cards can easily be avoided as they have a storage capacity of 64GB or larger.

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The SDHC format was announced in 2006. All 32GB cards that are currently being produced will have almost identical performance. You cannot go wrong buying the cheapest class 10 name brand card. At the time of writing this, the PNY Elite 32GB SD memory card has the best price.

The examples below are SD memory cards that can be used with the K200D. With all of the cards listed below, you won’t have to stress out over SD card errors or sluggish capabilities.

PNY Elite 32GB SD Memory Card
PNY Elite 32GB SD Card
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  • Sequential read speed of up to 100MB/s
  • Class 10, U1 rating delivers speed and performance for full HD photography and HD videography.
  • V10 video speed rating to capture uninterrupted HD video at 1920x1080 format
  • Compatible with point & shoot cameras, DSLR cameras, standard & advanced HD-enabled video cameras, and more
  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof

SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-I SD Card
SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card
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  • Quick transfer read speeds up to 90MB/s.
  • Write speeds are not capable of recording 4k video.
  • Class 10 rating for Full HD video (1080p).
  • Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray Proof, magnet-Proof, and shockproof.

Samsung EVO Plus 32GB SD Memory Card
Samsung EVO Plus 32GB SD Card
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  • UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) supports Full HD video and burst shots. 130MB/s transfer speeds1 let you upload footage to your PC in an instant.
  • Built to survive tough conditions and heavy usage, whether you’re at home, outside, or on the go. Backed by 10-year limited warranty.
  • Highly durable with comprehensive 7-proof protection.
  • Backed by a 10 year warranty.

Lexar, PNY, Samsung, and SanDisk both manufacture reliable memory cards. Low-cost no-name brands should be avoided.

Memory card problems, for example a loss of all of your shots as a consequence of data corruption, is more probable to happen with inexpensive cards. A tiny difference in price is not worth the decline of quality.

If you would like to save a bit of money, buy a memory card with a smaller capacity. They tend to be a bit cheaper and you won’t need to be worried about the SD card becoming corrupted.

Do not forget, SD card issues are rare. Over the years, I have only had 2 cards fail. Age could have played a role, as the SD cards were included with pre-owned DSLRs.

The Pentax K200D can only use SD memory cards. There are 4 different specifications of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. Each updated memory card standard improves the read/write speeds and maximum capacity when compared to the previous specification.

Secure Digital memory card readers are backward compatible. A card reader built into a digital camera that can use SDXC cards will also be able to use SDHC and SD memory cards.

The Pentax K200D’s card reader can only read the first two SD card specs. SDXC or SDUC cards are not going to function correctly.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - These memory cards have a maximum capacity of 2GB and are compatible with the K200D.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4GB to 32GB and are also compatible with the K200D.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 64GB to 2TiB.
  • Secure Digital Ultra Capacity (SDUC) - The capacity of these memory cards range from 4TiB to 128TiB.
SD card contacts
SD Card Contacts

Trying to use a memory card that is 64GB or larger in size in the K200D will cause the camera to display an error.

Get an SD memory card which has a capacity of 32GB or smaller to resolve the error.

If you have a memory card that has a capacity less than 32GB, and the card is not functioning correctly, format the SD card in the camera.

The following is a quick estimation of how many large JPEGs you can expect to keep on an SD card.

  • 4GB - 1920 images
  • 8GB - 3840 images
  • 16GB - 7680 images
  • 32GB - 15360 images

The speed rating for SD cards is established by the sequential read and write speeds. The speed of the SD card is important when many images need to be written or read from the card.

SD Card Speed Class
SD Card Speed Class

The Class speed rating of an SD card is dependant on the sustained write speed of the card. A Class speed rating of 2 means that the memory card can sustain a write speed of a minimum of 2MB per second.

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

The maximum rating an SD card can obtain is Class 10. There are SD cards that are a lot faster than 10MB/s. Those SD cards use other technology, such as UHS (Ultra Highspeed Bus), that have a separate rating specifications.

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.

Buy an SD memory card for the Pentax K200D based on price. An expensive card isn’t going to improve performance. As long as it is a speed class 10 card, you will be fine. My recommendation is the PNY Elite 32GB SD memory card.