Nikon D3300 Memory Card Recommendations

Looking for SD cards that work well in the Nikon D3300? Here are some practical recommendations.

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The Nikon D3300 has some pretty impressive video and photo capabilities in a relatively inexpensive package. But if you use a memory card that isn’t fast enough, you’ll find your videos stop recording partway.

Nikon D3300 Memory Card – Quick Recommendations

Here are some quick recommendations for good memory cards for the Nikon D3300. These offer a good mix of speed, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and broad availability. Any of these makes for a good choice for the D3300.

  1. SanDisk Ultra
  2. Lexar Professional 633x
  3. Kingston Canvas Select Plus
SanDisk Ultra U1 UHS-I
  • Fast for better pictures and Full HD video(2) | (2)Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon...
  • Great choice for compact to mid-range point-and-shoot cameras
Lexar Professional 633x V30 UHS-I
  • High-speed, Class 10 performance leverages UHS-I (U1 or U3 depends on capacity) technology for a read...
  • Capture high quality images of stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
Kingston Canvas Select Plus V30 UHS-I
  • Faster speeds — Class 10 UHS-I speeds up to 100MB/s.
  • Capture in full HD & 4K UHD video (1080P) — the advanced UHS-I interface makes the card ideal for...

Nikon D3300 Memory Card Requirements

Nikon issues its own guidelines for officially approved memory cards for the Nikon D3300, but it’s pretty hard to make sense of. They’re buried on page 310 in the technical notes section of the Nikon D3300 instruction manual. They look like this.

Nikon D3300 Memory Card Recommendations - Official

I don’t find that especially helpful. So I’ve taken those official recommendations from Nikon and translated them into practical recommendations below that cut through all the confusing jargon that memory card manufacturers use in their marketing.

In general, the Nikon D3300 will accept SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. All of those types look exactly the same–the difference is in the amount of memory. SD refers to cards up to 2GB in size. Now that memory card prices have come down and you can buy very good 32GB cards for $15, there’s no good reason to be buying a 2GB card if your camera supports larger ones. So I’d recommend sticking with SDHC or SDXC for the Nikon D3300. SDHC refers to cards that are 4GB up through 32GB. SDXC refers to cards that are 64GB or above. And with the D3300 shooting photos at over 24 MP, you’ll probably find a card that’s at least 32 GB will give you more flexibility.

If you’re doing video recording, you’ll need a card that’s designated as class 6 or higher. The reason is that when recording video the camera needs to write a lot of data to the card quickly. If your card isn’t able to write data fast enough, the video recording will stop. The current crop of memory cards are all class 10, so you’re better off going with one of them than searching around for an old class 6 card.

So here’s a mix of recommended memory cards that will work well in the Nikon D3300 and that are reasonably priced, readily available, and good value. This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are both faster and slower SD cards that will also work, as well as smaller and larger ones. Because of the similarities between the two cameras, these are essentially the same memory card recommendations for the Nikon D5300 as well.

Recommended Memory Cards for the Nikon D3300

These aren't necessarily the fastest SD cards on the market, but they're fast enough for this camera. It's also not designed to be a comprehensive list of every SD card that will work.

My emphasis here is on cards that meet these criteria: fast enough for all the features of this camera; from a reputable and reliable brand; readily available at retailers; and good value for money. If you want to use a faster, fancier card you can, but you won't see any extra benefit in doing so while you're operating the camera (but you might see some faster speeds when downloading the photos to a computer, depending on your computer and memory card reader combination).

SanDisk Ultra U1 UHS-I

SanDisk Ultra U1 UHS-I
  • Fast for better pictures and Full HD video(2) | (2)Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon...
  • Great choice for compact to mid-range point-and-shoot cameras

The SanDisk Ultra line is their cost-effective mid-range option. The latest versions of the Ultra cards are much faster than older versions, and it's a good basic option for cameras that don't demand too much of their SD card. The next level up--the Extreme cards--are also a good option, but the Ultra cards are often priced slightly lower. They're usually very easy to find in stores, too.

SanDisk recycles its model names, and you can still find older, slower versions. This latest version of the Ultra card is rated for U1 for video recording and uses a UHS-I interface.

It comes in sizes ranging from 32GB through 256GB.

Buy at: Amazon

Lexar 633x V30 UHS-I

Lexar 633x V30 UHS-I
  • High-speed, Class 10 performance leverages UHS-I (U1 or U3 depends on capacity) technology for a read...
  • Capture high quality images of stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video

The Lexar 633x range has been one of the mainstays of Lexar's SD cards for a while now. There are now faster cards available, but this one is again fast enough for this camera while also representing good value for money.

One distinctive thing about this range is that they're available from 32GB up through `TB.

Buy at: Amazon.

Kingston Canvas Select Plus V30 UHS-I

Kingston Canvas Select Plus V30 UHS-I
  • Faster speeds — Class 10 UHS-I speeds up to 100MB/s.
  • Capture in full HD & 4K UHD video (1080P) — the advanced UHS-I interface makes the card ideal for...

Kingston is a brand that isn't as well known as some of the others, but they've been making reliable memory cards for a very long time. As a brand, they don't tend to focus on the cutting edge speeds but rather on reliable and good-value memory cards.

This particular card (model SDS2 Canvas Select Plus) isn't the fastest in Kingston's range, but it's fast enough to work well in this camera. It's available in sizes from 16GB through 128GB.

Buy at: B&H Photo or Amazon.

PNY Elite-X V30 UHS-I

PNY Elite-X V30 UHS-I
  • Class 10 U3 V30 speed rating with read speeds up to 100MB/s
  • Class 10 U3 V30 rating delivers speed and performance for burst mode HD photography and 4K Ultra HD...

PNY is another brand that isn't as well known as some others, but they've been around a long time and make very good memory cards that are usually very competitively priced and good value.

This particular model is available in sizes ranging from 64GB to 512GB.

Buy at: Amazon

Delkin Devices Advantage V30 UHS-I

Delkin Devices Advantage V30 UHS-I
  • Supports 4K & Full HD 1080p Video Recording at High Frame Rates
  • RAW Continuous-Shooting Approved

Delkin Devices have been around for a long time but have been relatively quiet in recent years. But they've refreshed their entire lineup of cards recently to simplify the range and bring the cards up to current specs.

The Advantage card is rated to V30 and has a UHS-I interface. It currently comes in sizes up to 512GB.

Buy at: B&H Photo or Amazon.

Other Brands

There are also a lot of smaller, mostly unknown brands. In general, I'd recommend sticking to a brand you know and trust or one of the brands I've mentioned on this page because they have well-established reputations for putting out high-quality cards. Some of the other lesser-known brands might work, but they also might not be all they claim to be. The ones above should give a good selection of ones you can find fairly easily at retailers near you.

Faster SD Cards

If you're looking to use a faster card, take a look at the ones that I've subjected to my independent SD card speed tests.

Avoiding Counterfeit Memory Cards

It’s worth buying from a reputable manufacturer. There are counterfeit cards on the market that often pop up from shady dealers. It’s also not a bad idea to have a spare on hand. Memory cards are remarkably resilient things but like any electronic device, they do fail from time to time.

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36 thoughts on “Nikon D3300 Memory Card Recommendations”

  1. I know the Nikon d3300 is limited to 20 minutes of recording time. Is that per card? So if I put in a new card after recording 20 minutes of footage, I’ll have 20 more with a new card? (Sorry newbie here!)

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    • No, it’s not by card. It’s by single recording. As in, you can press record and do a clip up to 20 minutes. After it stops, you can start another one immediately. You don’t need to switch out the memory card so long as there’s enough space on it.

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  2. Hi there, wondered if you know whether it’s possible to take photos on the D3300 without a memory card? i.e. is there any internal memory in the camera? I have looked right through its menus, but there is no obvious mode that I can switch it to enabling me to do that… Can’t find anything in the manual either.

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    • No, it doesn’t. It has a small buffer that it can use to hold a small queue of images as they’re waiting to be written to the memory card, but you can’t access that space directly or save images there longer-term.

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  3. I bought a 64GB as card and formatted it when I put in camera. But camera won’t take pics, reads “memory card full” although it hasn’t been used yet

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  4. With new storage technology I contacted Nikon about limitations on SD cards and my 3300. They were pretty useless showing their tests that max out with one manufacturer and 128 gb storage. I now see a 2 TB micro sd card with adaptor available. I picked up a 512GB micro card w/ adaptor for $8 on ebay. It’s a generic brand but I am currently using a 256GB micro card w/ adaptor in my camera. It has worked so far. Can you touch on any thoughts when it comes to a higher storage card and if you know of any limitations on the camera that would only recognize a certain amount of the memory. Nikon is absolutely useless to help me determine this question. I was hoping some common sense answers were out there:)

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    • In my experience, at least, I’ve not been running into any maximum ceilings with newer cameras. I’ve generally found that once a newer camera supports the SDXC spec, any of the SDXC cards I’ve tried, regardless of size, have worked. That hasn’t always been true–some older cameras have had ceilings, but I don’t know specifically which camera models that might apply to. I suspect, though, that if you’re already using a 256GB card, then you should probably be fine using larger ones so long as they properly conform to the SDXC spec. But I’m not in a position to say that for sure. And manufacturers usually won’t promise that their cameras work with cards that they haven’t specifically tested. I know that’s not particularly helpful, but unfortunately it mostly leaves trial and error.

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  5. Dear Friend,

    kindly tell me if i can use Samsung EVO Plus 32GB MicroSDHC Class 10 (95MB/s) Memory Card(With Adapter) in nikon D3300 i am getting that online today in 759 rupees.

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  6. How about a Sandisk Ultra Plus 32GB memory card for the Nikon D3300? I happened to buy this, but can find no reference to its compatibility anywhere.

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    • I’m not familiar with that brand, but in broad terms a microSD in an SD cartridge adapter should work just fine. The the combination of the card and adapter is slow you might run into some issues with recording video, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the D3300.

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  7. Thanks David.
    Have my first model volunteer this weekend and didn’t want it to be a waste. You’ve answered my all my questions, especially concerning video.

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    • I’ve found the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00TKFEPHA” locale=”US” tag=”05060702-20″]EyeFi Mobi Pros[/easyazon_link] to work well. The regular Mobi card works fine too, but it doesn’t transfer RAW files or let you select the images to download–it’s all or nothing.

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  8. I have a Lexar 633x 32GB. works fine but my wifi adapter wont work so Nikon said to make sure I have a approved sd card. Just FYI

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  9. New to Digital, used Nikon cameras 35 years tho. Now here with my 2nd. Nikon D3300. This is the *best information I’ve found. Thank You Very Much, *Great Job. Tom, in Daytona Beach, FL

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  10. What about MicroSd. My Samsung 32g evo MicroSd class 10 works well but SanDisk MicroSd extreme class 10 is not recognized. Pc no problem with it. And tried other adaptors

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