The Nikon D80 is an advanced digital camera that records images with SD cards. Although any SD card will fit in the D80's memory slot, some may not work. Sandisk, Lexar, and Toshiba make compatible cards that vary in transfer speed and range. Although you can buy higher capacity cards that may work in the D80, Nikon does not guarantee that they will operate properly.
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SD Cards Without Speed Requirements
Nikon guarantees the operation of several SD brands and models regardless of their speed. Sandisk or Panosonic manufacture SD cards that are compatible with the D80, as long as their capacity is 64, 128, 256, or 512 megabytes or 1, 2, or 4 gigabytes. Toshiba SD cards of the same capacity are also compatible with the D80, with the exception of the 4 gigabyte card. Nikon makes their own 512 megabyte and 1 gigabyte cards that are also compatible regardless of speed.
SD Cards With Speed Requirements
Nikon requires Lexar Media SD cards to have a transfer speed of 60x or more. Compatible cards include Platinum II series cards with a capacity of 512 megabytes or 1 gigabyte and a transfer speed of 60x. Lexar Professional series cards with a capacity of either 1 or 2 gigabytes and a transfer speed of 133x are also compatible with the D80.
Nikon only guarantees the operation of the D80 with the SD cards listed above, but photographers sometimes use SD cards with higher capacities in their D80 camera. Sandisk guarantees that their class 4 SDHC cards ranging from 8 to 32 gigabytes are compatible with the D80, in addition to the Nikon-designated cards.
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