Nikon D5500 and ginormous SD cards

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  1. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Has anybody used the Nikon D5x00 series cameras with 512 GB SD cards? Nikon documents one Lexar 256 GB card as compatible but I can't find any references to anybody using 512s. Thanks.
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    512 GB! That's a lot of photos! I get 800 odd RAW on my 32GB on my D7200.
    Personally I prefer multiple smaller cards just in case you get a problem with a card.
     
  3. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes but a ten day time-lapse sequence isn't going to fit on that 32 GB card. ;)
     
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    I'm not sure there's anywhere near here I would leave my camera for 10 days and still come back to find it! :D
     
  5. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    D5500 Approved Cards -- nothing over 256 GB, and that card is a Lexar, not a Sandisk.
    D7200 Approved Cards -- 512 GB Sandisk SXDC-I

    Both pages date from the same day, so you'd think that the same cards were tested..
     
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    I don't think that is implied at all, you think because the website pages were updated (in whatever way), on the same day that must imply the same test teams worked on both cameras using the same cards? They will be tested against the card specifications they were designed for, nothing more or less, if that is 256GB for one and 512GB for the other then so be it...it would be more likely for a camera magazine review to try a bigger card and see...
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I think you will need to do your own testing. Buy from a place that allows 90 day returns.

    Or you might try tethering the camera to a computer. Not only would that save you from buying a new SD card but you could look at the images without needing to wait for the end of the 10 day period. If this were me, looking and doing an early quality check would be worth it even if I had to buy a used computer for the project
     
  8. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yup I read the approved cards. I was hoping somebody might have tried a 512 in the 5500.
     
  9. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Tethering isn't an option - well not a realistic one anyway. I would need much more power and the location won't be very accessible. I will run several local test sessions to dial in the specs.
     
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    I've always wondered about the use of such large cards. Besides the cost, I'm concerned about the possibility of corruption. For my travels, I've always used smaller cards as I only take x amount of images during that period of time of the different locations I visit and it's easier to catalog what I've taken. Having multiple cards ensures me that if for some reason, the card craps out, that I still have the other cards for what I've shot. I would then off load the cards to an iPad or laptop and retain the card for archive purposes as I usually shoot RAW. I do use a larger card only if I find the need to shoot video and I haven't been really fond of using a DSLR for that purpose. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to use devices as they are intended for instead of an all in one approach. I know in some cases, it does lessen the amount of equipment you have to lug around. However, I'm pretty good at being predictive in what I will need.
     
  11. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will you sit in the desert for ten days and change out the SD cards every few hours for me? :D
     
  12. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Of course--if only they phrased their tests so that their customers could tell the difference between "we've never tried this" and "we've tried this, and it didn't work." The fact that it works on a D7200, but not necessarily on a D5500 points, ever so subtly, to the latter.
     
  13. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So I found this little bit of enticing tech. Yes that does say it is a 1024GB TF card. :eek: Even more crazy it says it has speeds of 90/80MBs. Craziest still it was only $23.

    Wait wut?

    I was willing to risk it for that price. I got the card the other day and Windows reported 999GB available. Not surprisingly speed tests came in at 20/10 MB/s. I'm not sure what the built in reader on this Dell laptop is capable of but I can deal with those speeds for this project.

    So I inboxed the D5500 and put the card in. "SD card is unusable." Rats. Put it in the D800 and formatted it - 13.3K images remaining. Yikes that's a lot of RAW files! So this little $23 gem does work and it does work in some cameras. Not that I would use something that big day to day.

    My next test will be to see if I can partition the card smaller and get the D5500 to recognize it. If I can get it to see 256 or 512GB then it will be a much better solution than buying more expensive cards for testing.

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  14. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes that is always a concern. I just have to rely on my skills of concealment. :D
     

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