XQD Cards

Sadly, B&H is now listing the Lexar XQD cards as discontinued. As a reminder, Micron—the owner of Lexar—decided to get out of lower margin consumer products business and sold off their Lexar brand to a Chinese company (the same one that markets PNY cards). We're still waiting to see the results of that change of ownership, but it may be awhile, as Lexar was using Micron chips and it's unclear what the new owner will do. Most likely, they'll try to find lower cost sources, which means redesigns, which takes time.

B&H isn't the only one with no Lexar XQD inventory. Amazon no longer seems to be selling them direct, and the number of "other sellers" seems to be dwindling as inventories get sold off. This is putting pressure on the inventory of Sony XQD cards temporarily, though at the moment most sources seem to be getting resupplied quickly. 

Only a few cameras use XQD cards directly: Nikon D5, D500, and D850, plus Sony AX1 and FS7. Sony also has other professional video gear that can use XQD cards in an adapter. I believe that's enough gear to keep XQD on the market for the foreseeable future. The problem is that your choice now is basically:

  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Sony G Series
  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB Sony M Series

You want G series on the D850 (and D5 and D500) if you want to preserve buffer performance. The M series is between 20% and 40% the speed of the G series in write performance, and yes, it makes a measurable difference on the Nikon bodies I've tried them on.

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