RIP XQD: Nikon updates the D850, D5 and D500 to support CFexpress cards

Nikon updates DSLRs to support CFexpress
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Nikon, the main proponent of the XQD memory card format, has now updated three of its DSLRs to enable compatibility with CFexpress Type B cards. The Nikon D850, D5 and D500 all pre-date the launch of the CFexpress Type B standard, but since they all incorporate XQD slots, and CFexpress Type B has been designed to be backward compatible with the XQD standard, it was only a matter of time before camera firmware updates enabled the support of CFexpress cards in these DSLRs.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.