Nikon D90 SDXC Compatibility

Now that the high-capacity SDXC cards are available (with up to 2TB in total size), some Nikon D90 owners might be looking at purchasing 64GB+ SDXC cards for additional/expanded storage.

SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC Memory

The bad news, is that the Nikon D90 currently does not support the SDXC memory. Since the physical interface between SDHC and SDXC cards is the same, Nikon might be able to support SDXC in D90 by releasing a firmware update that can read the SD 3.0 specification. However, based on the history (specifically, the Nikon D50 + SDHC compatibility problem), Nikon probably will not address this problem and only provide support for the SDXC format on the upcoming Nikon D90 update that will be released next year.

As of today, only 64GB versions of the SDXC cards are available for sale by major retailers. Higher capacity cards with up to 2TB in size and up to 300MB/second transfer rate will be released by various manufacturers in the future.


  1. December 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Hello Nasim (and my best to your family)

    After reading the SDXC news I am curious what the future of CF is (I’m a D3 user) Will newer cards/capacities still be introduced based on the UDMA standard, or will we see a phase-out of this type. Also, I had heard about differences in data reliability between CF and SD but questioned the truth of such assumptions. Any insight there?


    • December 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Lincoln, absolutely! Nikon and many other companies is teaming up with CompactFlash association to create faster, more reliable and much larger CF cards to be used in future cameras. They are talking about future 1TB+ sizes now and soon enough, you will see very large cards that will have lots of additional space. CF is certainly here to stay!

      As far as data reliability, I believe manufacturers will still push CF to be more reliable than SD, although SD has been making a lot of good progress during the last several years. I believe CF is still going to be the gold standard for pro-level bodies, while SD will be a good alternative for such things as recording video.

  2. 2) Isaac McGinley
    February 25, 2011 at 3:04 am


    Just to let you know. I own a 64gb card SDXC card as shown above, and it works fine in my Nikon D90. I am very impressed, good speed for continuous mode. It will take over 4,000 photos in RAW.


    • February 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Issac, really? That’s surprising, because SDXC is not supposed to work in SDHC-only slots:

      Could you please send me the product code of the card you are using?

      • 2.1.1) Isaac McGinley
        February 28, 2011 at 2:22 am

        Nasim, yes it’s definitely working in my D90. It is the exact card as shown above in the image on the original post. I’m not sure what you mean by product code, but I can show you the barcode number from the box that the SDXC card came in if you like?

        • Kevin Zhao
          March 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

          This sounds really promising. Thanks!

        • Damien Murray
          July 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

          My XC card also works in my D90–but only for stills, not video.

    • 2.2) Grace Illiterati
      April 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Are your D90 and the SDXC card still playing well together? I’d love an update. :) Thanks!

      • 2.2.1) Isaac McGinley
        April 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

        Yes, very well thanks! The card hasn’t let me down. I use it for a variety of devices now, two different DSLR’s, the D90 and the D3100. I also use it to backup important info and it also works very well as a large USB removable disk! Let me know if have any more questions!


        • H.Maamo
          November 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

          do you guys know if SDXC works with Nikon D80… ???

          • Isaac McGinley
            April 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

            Not sure if it works on D80, but if I come into contact with one I will be sure to try it out and let you know!

            • stxyx
              November 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

              hello!isaac could you tell me the brand of your 64g sd card?

          • Dan
            August 4, 2013 at 3:41 am

            My D80 works with a SanDsik 64gb micro sdxc in a generic sdhc adapter, offering 8.5k images space…likely over 10,000 in real use :) You need to format it with Fat32Format though

    • 2.3) coolpicgirl
      December 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Isaac, my Lexar 64SDXC card works in my D90 TOO, to take photos, BUT it WON’T record video. Any luck with yours? Anyone has the same success/ prob?

      • 2.3.1) Isaac McGinley
        December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        Hi! Yes I have the same problem! Not sure why this is, must be something to do with the age of the D90’s. It dosen’t bother me too much though. How are you getting on with the card?

    • 2.4) Michelle
      October 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      This card works in my D90 for photos, but not for videos. Do you have any issue with videos?

      • 2.4.1) Isaac
        October 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        No, I can’t get it to take videos on that card either. :(

  3. 3) Bob
    April 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    How do you know there will be an “upcoming Nikon D90 update that will be released next year.”?

  4. 4) stxyx
    November 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

    could tell me the brand of your 64G sd card? thanks

  5. 5) squishyfish
    November 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I would think the card pictured would have a hard time with video because it’s a class 4. Minimum is class 6 for HD 720. I try not to buy anything under class 10 (the highest you can buy).

  6. 6) Corrado
    January 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi, I write from Italy, I would be too interested in this memory, if kindly can you tell me the , you would be grateful.
    A cordial greeting from Conrad

    • 6.1) Corrado
      January 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

      The brand of course! bye-bye

      • 6.1.1) Isaac McGinley
        January 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        It’s “Sandisk”

  7. 7) Emily
    April 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I wish I would have read this before I bought a SanDisk Ultra SDXC 64 gb for my Nikon D90. Have they came out with an update yet? Mine will not work dangit.

    • 7.1) Isaac McGinley
      April 8, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Try formatting the card Within the D90. That worked for me. I use it all the time.

      • 7.1.1) Emily
        April 9, 2013 at 6:13 am

        I did format in the D90, it didn’t work. Thanks though.

  8. 8) Dan
    August 4, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I have a SanDisk 64gb micro sdxc which works fine using a generic sdhc adapter in my Nikon D80(!) – you just need to make sure you format it with Fat32Format. Freshly formatted and placed in my camera, the D80 reports 8.5k image capacity!

  9. 9) Mike L
    April 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Having just purchased a Transend SDXC UHS-1 64gb class 10 card, it to excepts photos but not video, but it is slower and the buffer slows to a halt much quicker than my old Lexar 8gb SDHC class 6 card..
    Not sure why this could be.

  10. 10) darlene
    October 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    my 64 works fine with pictures and video on my d90.. I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t supposed to use them until a friend told me.. its’ really all ive used for the last couple of years..

  11. 11) Iman Mosavat
    December 26, 2014 at 2:42 am

    is this update out already? I want to buy this card for my D750 and I wonder if it would also work on my D90?

  12. 12) Harry
    March 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    SanDisk 64GB micro SDXC, picture ok but no video. SanDisk 32GB extreme micro SDHC, picture and video ok, good speed too…Nikon D90.

  13. 13) Mario Badilla
    April 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I have a Nikon D5000 with a Sony SDXC 64gb card, and it won’t record video with this card

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