Advances in still and video technology, particularly 4K video, demand higher performance cards and storage, and this morning SanDisk announced two new CompactFlash cards and a speed increase across its Extreme Pro CF cards.
SanDisk’s Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card is the first to utilize the CFast 2.0 standard, which is designed to meet the intensive needs of high-end and next-generation motion and still photography cameras. Available in 60GB and 120GB capacities, the card’s capabilities range from blazingly fast read speeds of up to 450MB/s (3000X) and write speeds of up to 350MB/s (2333X). The CFast 2.0 card was designed in collaboration with the CompactFlash Association, Canon and ARRI. Initially, the card–with a CODEX Capture Drive to CFast 2.0 adapter for ARRI cameras–will be sold directly to ARRI and will be available at ARRI specialty retailers and other photo specialty stores.
In the past, splits in card formats were generally relegated to consumer-level cameras (xD vs. SD, among others). Now, professionals may have to assess the specifications and availability of cards formats–CFast 2.0 vs. XQD–when selecting a camera. The XQD card, which was introduced along with the Nikon D4–to date, the only DSLR to use the XQD format. Sony was the first to produce XQD cards (the new Sony 4K Handycam, the FDR-AX1 is also XQD-compatible, for example) and Lexar started shipping its XQD cards earlier this year. So far, though, SanDisk’s CFast 2.0 card’s read and write speeds exceeds those of the XQD.
Also a world’s first, SanDisk also introduced the massive, 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash card with the VPG-65 (Video Performance Guarantee) specification. The 256GB CF card offers transfers up to 160MB/s and write speeds of up to 140MB/s. At the same time, SanDisk has pumped up the speed across its Extreme Pro line, with CompactFlash receiving a boost by about 50 percent to read and write speeds of up to 160MB/s and 150MB/s, respectively. SD card users will be happy to hear that SanDisk’s Extreme line of SD cards will also receive a speed increase of up to 80MB/s (read) and up to 60MB/s (write).
CFast 2.0: 60GB; 120GB: TBD
Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards:
16GB-256GB priced from $220-$1,810