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CF/SD/XQD Performance Database - Continued

Nikon D800/D800E write speed (firmware A:1.00 B:1.00)
This page was last updated on May 9, 2012

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The data in the JPEG and RAW columns in the table below was derived by timing how long it took the Nikon D800/D800E to write 23 JPEG Fine and then 15 NEF photos to the memory card. Timing commenced when the camera's card status light illuminated, and stopped when the light went out. Each test cycle was performed three times (if the card's capacity allowed for that) to ensure accurate results. The data has been converted to megabytes-per-second (MB/s). Higher numbers are better.

The figure in the Burst column represents how many NEF + JPEG pictures the camera was able to take in 30 seconds. Higher numbers are better, and a relatively small difference in the number of frames captured translates to a noticeable difference in how much faster one card feels than another, when shooting frequent extended bursts.

Prior to both JPEG and RAW testing, all cards were first secure erased on a computer, then formatted in the camera. The same test scene was photographed, under the same illumination, for all tests. The identical camera settings and lens were also used throughout.
 
All RAW testing was done with the camera set to shoot 14-bit Uncompressed NEFs at the D800/D800E's full resolution. When shooting JPEGs, the camera was set to Optimal Quality. We also tried different combinations of Compressed NEF, Lossless Compressed NEF and Size Priority JPEGs, to see if the camera's write speed changed appreciably. In all cases, we found that overall write speed dropped slightly from what you see in the table, but the cards' relative performance remained about the same.

The D800/D800E has two card slots: CompactFlash Type I and SD/SDHC/SDXC.

Note: An apparent bug in the D800/D800E (firmware A:1.00 B:1.00) causes the camera to sometimes write to UHS-1-capable SDHC and SDXC cards at much-slower-than-UHS-1 speeds. We were able to workaround the problem by pulling the battery briefly, then inserting the card and not reformatting it (affected cards were instead FAT32- or exFAT-formatted using Disk Utility on a Mac prior to insertion). The slowdown is not consistent - some cards would exhibit the problem during JPEG testing but not NEF, or vice versa -  and appears to impact SDXC more often than SDHC. In all instances the workaround worked, so the test results do show the camera's true UHS-1 write speed abilities when not tripped up by this problem.

Interpreting the results The data can be sorted by manufacturer, card type, rated capacity, file format and 30-second burst, in both ascending and descending order, by clicking on the appropriate column header. When sorting by JPEG or RAW, the fastest 10% for that format are highlighted in blue. You can view extra information for a card by clicking the icon to the left of the card's name, or for all cards at once by clicking Show Extra Info in the Memory Card header field. All calculations are based on 1 megabyte = 1,048,576 bytes. The word Error in a results field means the card was not able to complete the test and is most likely incompatible with the camera.

Memory Card  Show Extra Info
Card Size JPEG RAW Burst
Lexar Professional 1000X 32GB 
CF I 32GB 62.5MB/s 69MB/s 31
Lexar Professional 1000X 64GB 
CF I 64GB 62MB/s 68.1MB/s 31
Lexar Professional 1000X 128GB 
CF I 128GB 61.6MB/s 67.9MB/s 31
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB 
CF I 128GB 56.9MB/s 61.5MB/s 29
Lexar Professional 1000X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 54.7MB/s 58.7MB/s 29
Lexar Professional 600X 32GB 
CF I 32GB 52.6MB/s 55.1MB/s 29
Lexar Professional 600X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 50.4MB/s 54MB/s 28
Lexar Professional 600X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 50.4MB/s 53.7MB/s 28
Duracell Pro Photo 600X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 50.5MB/s 53.7MB/s 28
Transcend 600X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 50.1MB/s 52.8MB/s 27
PhotoFast 533X Plus 16GB 
CF I 16GB 50.7MB/s 52.7MB/s 27
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB 
CF I 32GB 48.9MB/s 51.8MB/s 27
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 
CF I 64GB 48.9MB/s 51.6MB/s 27
SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB 
CF I 16GB 47.9MB/s 51.4MB/s 27
Delkin CombatFlash 625X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 50.2MB/s 51MB/s 28
Ridata Lightning 600X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 50.2MB/s 51MB/s 27
Delkin CombatFlash 685X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 47.6MB/s 50.4MB/s 27
Hoodman RAW 675X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 47.7MB/s 49.8MB/s 27
Transcend 600X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 41MB/s 47.4MB/s 26
Lexar Professional 400X 64GB 
CF I 64GB 44.2MB/s 46.2MB/s 26
SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s 8GB 
CF I 8GB 40.3MB/s 42.3MB/s 25
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 38.7MB/s 42MB/s 25
SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s 32GB 
CF I 32GB 40.4MB/s 41.9MB/s 25
SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s 16GB 
CF I 16GB 39.9MB/s 41.9MB/s 25
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 38.1MB/s 41.9MB/s 25
Delkin Elite 633 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 38.1MB/s 41.1MB/s 25
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 64GB 
SDXC 64GB 37.8MB/s 40.8MB/s 25
Delkin Elite 633 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 37.2MB/s 40.3MB/s 25
Lexar Professional 600X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 37MB/s 40.2MB/s 25
Lexar Professional 600X 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 36.7MB/s 39.6MB/s 25
Lexar Professional 400X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 33.2MB/s 36MB/s 23
Lexar Professional 400X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 33.1MB/s 35.8MB/s 23
Hoodman RAW 300X (500,000 cycle) 8GB note
CF I 8GB 33.5MB/s 35.1MB/s 23
PhotoFast 533X 64GB 
CF I 64GB 32.4MB/s 34.9MB/s 23
Hoodman RAW 300X (500,000 cycle) 16GB note
CF I 16GB 32.6MB/s 34.5MB/s 23
Transcend UDMA 300X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 32.6MB/s 34.4MB/s 23
Transcend 400X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 32.4MB/s 34.1MB/s 23
Delkin 700X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 31.4MB/s 33.7MB/s 23
Lexar Professional 300X 32GB 
CF I 32GB 32.2MB/s 33.6MB/s 23
SanDisk Extreme Ducati 8GB 
CF I 8GB 31.3MB/s 33.4MB/s 23
PNY Optima PRO UDMA 266X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 31.3MB/s 32.8MB/s 23
Lexar Professional 300X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 31.4MB/s 32.8MB/s 23
A-Data Turbo 350X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 30.4MB/s 32.1MB/s 23
Lexar Professional 300X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 29.9MB/s 32MB/s 23
Lexar Professional 300X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 29.3MB/s 31.8MB/s 23
Pretec 333X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 29.9MB/s 31.4MB/s 23
SanDisk Extreme Ducati 4GB 
CF I 4GB 29.3MB/s 31MB/s 21
PNY Optima PRO UDMA 266X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 27.7MB/s 30.3MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/s 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 28.6MB/s 30MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/s 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 29MB/s 29.9MB/s 21
Dane-Elec 300Xs UDMA 8GB 
CF I 8GB 28.1MB/s 29.9MB/s 22
SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/s 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 28.8MB/s 29.9MB/s 21
Hoodman RAW 300X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 27.6MB/s 29.8MB/s 21
Lexar Professional 400X 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 28MB/s 29.7MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme IV 45MB/s Edition 8GB note
CF I 8GB 28.2MB/s 29.6MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB 
CF I 8GB 26.3MB/s 29.6MB/s 21
Kingston UltimateXX 233X 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 28.2MB/s 29.5MB/s 21
Transcend UDMA 300X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 28.1MB/s 29.4MB/s 22
Transcend UDMA 300X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 27.6MB/s 29.2MB/s 21
PNY Opt. PRO UDMA (2007) 8GB 
CF I 8GB 26.5MB/s 28.9MB/s 21
Lexar Professional 233X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 26.9MB/s 28.7MB/s 21
Ridata Supreme 300X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 27.2MB/s 28.6MB/s 21
Kingston UltimateXX 233X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 26.8MB/s 28.2MB/s 21
Kingston UltimateX 233X 64GB 
SDXC 64GB 27.2MB/s 27.3MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB 
CF I 4GB 24.5MB/s 27.2MB/s 21
Lexar Professional 233X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 25.5MB/s 26.8MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 25.4MB/s 26.7MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 25.4MB/s 26.7MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme IV 45MB/s Edition 4GB note
CF I 4GB 25.6MB/s 26.6MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 25.4MB/s 26.5MB/s 21
Lexar Professional 233X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 25MB/s 26.2MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 8GB note
SDHC 8GB 24.4MB/s 25.7MB/s 21
SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 4GB 
CF I 4GB 24.5MB/s 25.6MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme IV 45MB/s Edition 16GB note
CF I 16GB 24.4MB/s 25.5MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 24.1MB/s 25.4MB/s 21
SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 16GB 
CF I 16GB 24.3MB/s 25.1MB/s 21
Transcend UHS-1 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 28.6MB/s 24.6MB/s 21
SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 8GB 
CF I 8GB 23.5MB/s 24.4MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 23MB/s 23.9MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 8GB note
CF I 8GB 22.6MB/s 23.6MB/s 21
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 32GB 
CF I 32GB 20.7MB/s 22MB/s 19
My Digital Discount UHS-1 64GB 
SDXC 64GB 17.4MB/s 21.8MB/s 19
Dane-Elec Proline 533X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 20.3MB/s 20.9MB/s 19
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 4GB note
CF I 4GB 19.1MB/s 20.1MB/s 19
Lexar Professional 133X 4GB note
SDHC 4GB 18.6MB/s 19.1MB/s 19
PhotoFast Class 6 SLC 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 18.2MB/s 19.1MB/s 19
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition 16GB note
CF I 16GB 18.6MB/s 19MB/s 19
SanDisk Extreme III 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 18.4MB/s 19MB/s 19
SanDisk Extreme HD Video 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 18.1MB/s 18.9MB/s 19
SanDisk Extreme III 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 17.9MB/s 18.6MB/s 19
Panasonic UHS-1 R90/W25 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 18MB/s 18.6MB/s 19
Panasonic UHS-1 R90/W25 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 17.8MB/s 18.4MB/s 19
ATP Pro Max 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 17.5MB/s 17.8MB/s 19
SAMSUNG Class 10 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 16.3MB/s 16.9MB/s 19
Kingston standard 8GB note
CF I 8GB 16.1MB/s 16.7MB/s 18
Fujifilm 310X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 15.7MB/s 16.4MB/s 19
Hoodman RAW Steel 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 13.6MB/s 16.3MB/s 19
Hoodman PRO 150X-133X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 15.3MB/s 15.8MB/s 18
SanDisk Extreme III 4GB note
CF I 4GB 14.6MB/s 15.7MB/s 18
PNY Pro Series Class 10 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 12MB/s 15.7MB/s 17
SanDisk Extreme Ducati (SD Plus) 4GB note
SDHC 4GB 15.4MB/s 15.6MB/s 18
Delkin PRO 305X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 15.2MB/s 15.6MB/s 18
Kingston Ultimate 266X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 14.7MB/s 15.6MB/s 17
Kingston Class 10 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 15.1MB/s 15.5MB/s 18
Delkin PRO 305X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 14.8MB/s 15.5MB/s 17
Kingston Class 10 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 15.1MB/s 15.5MB/s 18
A-Data Class 10 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 14.9MB/s 15.4MB/s 18
SanDisk Ultra 64GB 
SDXC 64GB 14.6MB/s 15.4MB/s 17
Kingston Ultimate 266X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 14.9MB/s 15.4MB/s 17
Delkin 163X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 14.8MB/s 15.4MB/s 19
Transcend Class 6 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 14.6MB/s 15.4MB/s 17
Lexar Professional 133X 64GB 
SDXC 64GB 14.8MB/s 15.4MB/s 17
Lexar Professional 133X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 14.8MB/s 15.3MB/s 17
Transcend 266X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 14.7MB/s 15.3MB/s 17
PNY Pro Series Class 10 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 9.9MB/s 15.2MB/s 17
SanDisk Extreme III 8GB 
CF I 8GB 14.1MB/s 15.2MB/s 17
Lexar Professional 133X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 13.9MB/s 15MB/s 17
Panasonic Gold 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 14.4MB/s 14.9MB/s 17
Panasonic Gold 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 14.3MB/s 14.9MB/s 17
Patriot LX 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 14.1MB/s 14.8MB/s 17
Kingston Ultimate 133X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 13.8MB/s 14.8MB/s 17
Sony SF-8NX Class 10 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 14.1MB/s 14.8MB/s 17
SanDisk Extreme III 12GB 
CF I 12GB 12.9MB/s 14.5MB/s 17
SanDisk Extreme III 16GB 
CF I 16GB 12.7MB/s 14.4MB/s 17
PhotoFast Class 10 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 12.4MB/s 14.4MB/s 17
Kingston Class 6 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 10.4MB/s 13.8MB/s 17
Lexar Professional 133X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 10.7MB/s 13.7MB/s 17
Dane-Elec Proline 200X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 11.3MB/s 13.7MB/s 17
Kingston UltimateX 100X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 13.1MB/s 13.6MB/s 17
Lexar Platinum II 100X 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 10.4MB/s 13.5MB/s 17
Delkin 125X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 12.7MB/s 13.3MB/s 17
Lexar Platinum II 80X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 12.8MB/s 13.1MB/s 17
Transcend 133X 32GB 
CF I 32GB 12.1MB/s 12.4MB/s 17
Delkin PRO 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 11.8MB/s 12.2MB/s 17
ATP 150X Class 6 16GB note
SDHC 16GB 11.6MB/s 12.1MB/s 17
PNY Class 6 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 11.7MB/s 12.1MB/s 17
Eye-Fi Pro X2 (firmware v5.0008) 8GB note
SDHC 8GB 11.9MB/s 12.1MB/s 17
Fujifilm 310X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 11.8MB/s 11.9MB/s 17
Ridata Pro 150X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 11.6MB/s 11.9MB/s 17
Hoodman RAW 280X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 11.4MB/s 11.8MB/s 17
Lexar Platinum II 200X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 11.5MB/s 11.8MB/s 17
Transcend Class 6 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 11.4MB/s 11.8MB/s 17
ATP Pro Max II 300X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 11.4MB/s 11.7MB/s 17
Transcend Class 6 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 11.5MB/s 11.7MB/s 17
Hoodman RAW 280X 8GB 
CF I 8GB 11.4MB/s 11.7MB/s 17
Transcend 120X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 11.4MB/s 11.6MB/s 17
Pretec standard 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 11.1MB/s 11.6MB/s 17
Transcend 133X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 10.1MB/s 10.9MB/s 17
SanDisk Ultra II 32GB 
SDHC 32GB 11MB/s 10.7MB/s 17
Kingston Elite Pro 16GB 
CF I 16GB 9.3MB/s 10.6MB/s 17
Kingston Ultimate 100X 4GB 
CF I 4GB 9.9MB/s 10.5MB/s 17
Ridata Lightning 233X 16GB 
CF I 16GB 9.4MB/s 10.3MB/s 17
Lexar 80X (3rd ed.) 4GB note
CF I 4GB 9.9MB/s 10.1MB/s 17
Hoodman RAW 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 9.8MB/s 10.1MB/s 17
Patriot LX 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 9.4MB/s 9.8MB/s 17
SanDisk Ultra II 4GB 
CF I 4GB 9.5MB/s 9.8MB/s 17
ATP Pro Max 4GB 
CF I 4GB 9.4MB/s 9.7MB/s 17
SanDisk Ultra II 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 8.5MB/s 9.5MB/s 17
Fujifilm standard 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 8.9MB/s 9.1MB/s 17
Lexar Full-HD Video 16GB 
SDHC 16GB 8.7MB/s 8.9MB/s 17
SanDisk Ultra II 8GB 
CF I 8GB 7.5MB/s 8.8MB/s 17
Lexar Platinum II 100X 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 6.7MB/s 7.5MB/s 17
Kingston Class 6 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 7MB/s 7.5MB/s 17
PNY Class 6 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 7MB/s 7.2MB/s 15
Delkin PRO 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 6.9MB/s 7.1MB/s 16
Dane-Elec 150Xs 4GB 
SDHC 4GB 6.9MB/s 7.1MB/s 16
Patriot Class 6 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 5.6MB/s 6.2MB/s 15
Eye-Fi Pro 4GB note
SDHC 4GB 5.3MB/s 6.1MB/s 15
PNY standard 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 5.9MB/s 5.9MB/s 15
SanDisk standard 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 5.6MB/s 5.6MB/s 15
Kingston standard 4GB note
CF I 4GB 4.6MB/s 4.6MB/s 15
Transcend Class 2 8GB 
SDHC 8GB 3.9MB/s 4MB/s 15
SanDisk standard 4GB 
CF I 4GB 3.7MB/s 3.9MB/s 15
Delkin PRO 8GB 
CF I 8GB 3.9MB/s 3.9MB/s 15
Dane-Elec 150Xs 8GB 
SDHC 8GB Error Error
Delkin UDMA 420X 16GB 
CF I 16GB Error Error
Kingston Ultimate 600X 32GB 
CF I 32GB Error Error
My Digital Discount 600X 64GB 
CF I 64GB Error Error
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